Call for Nominations in Second Annual Small Business Influencer Awards 2012

CLEVELAND, June 25, 2012  /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Nominations are now being accepted in the second annual Small Business Influencer 2012 awards. Nominations can be made in any of six categories including: apps, news outlets, corporations, journalists, leaders, and small business experts. Nominations remain open through July 15, 2012. Eligible individuals, organizations and companies in North America are welcome to apply.  There is no application fee. 

Nominate a small business influencer here.

Once the nomination period ends, voting by the community – counting for 40% -- will begin July 16 and run through August 5, 2012.  After that a panel of expert judges will weigh in – the judges' vote counts for 60%.  The top 100 champions will be honored at an Awards Gala hosted in conjunction with the New York XPO Small Business Conference on October 17, 2012 at the Javits Convention Center in New York. In addition the top 5 popular votes getters in the six categories will receive a special Community Choice award. See Official Rules for more information.

The Small Business Influencer Awards are co-produced by Small Business Trends and, with title sponsor support from BlackBerry, and support from Infusionsoft, GetResponse and Vocus.  Organizational partners supporting the Awards include Vistage and PRNewswire.

"The Small Business Influencer Awards honor small business influencers across those organizations, companies and individuals who are influential to small businesses in North America through the products, services, knowledge or support they provide to the small business market," said Co-founder Ramon Ray, Editor & Technology Evangelist of

"This is an Awards for the rest of us.  You don't have to be a celebrity to apply.  Whether your company is large or small, whether you are a solo entrepreneur or a journalist or an executive in a Fortune 500 company – all are welcome to be nominated provided you have impacted the small business market in some meaningful way," adds Anita Campbell, Co-Founder of Small Business Influencers 2012.

You can follow the social media action surrounding the Small Business Influencer Awards on Twitter, at: @SMBinfluencer or using the hashtag #SMBinfluencer. Or visit the website at:

Media partners for the event include SmallBizLady, Egg Marketing & Communications, BizSugar, Basic Blog Tips, BizLaunch, Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, DIYMarketers, Founding Moms, MyVenturePad, Black Data Processing Associates, SCORE, Seize This Day Coaching, EntrepreneurWeek,, Your Virtual Assistant, Research Access, Hawkeye Management LLC, LivePlan, Ask the Business Lawyer, Technology for Business Sake, Adrian's Network, ShoutOut Enterprises, National Network of Embroidery Professionals, Zimana and The NYC Business Networking Group.

About is a media company that produces online content and live events educating small and mid-sized companies on how to strategically use technology as a tool to grow their businesses. Original content published on the site includes news, feature articles, interviews and video about technology for growing businesses. also produces online and live events including 12 Hours of Tech for Growing Businesses, the Small Business Technology Tour, the Taste of Technology Small Business Series, and the Small Business Summit.

About Small Business Trends, LLC

Small Business Trends, LLC is in the business of providing information, news, advice and online community to small businesses and entrepreneurs. The company was founded in 2003 and is based in Ohio. Its flagship website, Small Business Trends, is one of the leading sources of commentary, information and online community touching over 4,000,000 small businesses annually.

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