Rieva Lesonsky, the CEO and founder of GrowBiz Media, a custom content & media company that helps national marketers reach small business owners and helps entrepreneurs start and grow their companies, has spent 30+ years covering small business and entrepreneurship. Before co-founding GrowBiz Media in 2008, Ms. Lesonsky was the long-time Editorial Director of Entrepreneur Magazine. She’s a nationally known speaker, best-selling author and an advocate for and authority on entrepreneurship Ms. Lesonsky has appeared on the Today Show, Good Morning America, CNN, The Martha Stewart show and Oprah, and can regularly be seen on MSNBC’s Your Business. Ms. Lesonsky regularly contributes content to the Small Business Forum on Web.com, the SCORE Success blog, Small Business Trends, AllBusiness.com, SBA.Gov, American Express OPEN Forum, AT&T, Nextiva, the Hawkeye Business Finance FedEx Office and her site SmallBizDaily.com. She is also a contributing editor for Success magazine.
She served on the Small Business Administration’s National Advisory Council for six years, and was honored by the SBA as a Small Business Media Advocate and a Woman in Business Advocate. In 2009, she was honored as one of publishing’s top innovators. The Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization honored her for helping drive “the entrepreneurial revolution in secondary education.” The ASBDC awarded her a “Champion of Small Business” award, and Ms. Lesonsky has been named one of the nation’s top 100 Small Business Influencers. In 2012 she received the prestigious Lou Campanelli award from SCORE.
As the Founder & CEO of Brian Moran & Associates, Mr. Moran is dedicated to helping entrepreneurs achieve their objectives & to run better businesses. Mr. Moran, along with a team of subject matter experts, leverages his 20+ years of experience in publishing magazines for business owners to assist entrepreneurs with everything from social media to accessing growth capital to expanding into the global marketplace. Separately, Mr. Moran works with marketers targeting small business owners to increase their efficiency and effectiveness. A 2013 roster of clients includes: American Express OPEN Forum, Staples, Bank of Montreal, Visa, PEX Card, Hawkeye Management, The Company Corporation and Sage.
Prior to rejoining the world of entrepreneurship, Mr. Moran was the Executive Director of Sales Development at the Wall Street Journal where he oversaw the sales development and marketing programs for the financial and small business categories among the many Journal brands. From 2002-2010, Mr. Moran was President of Veracle Media and Moran Media Group, publishers of Small Business Success, Urban Success and Winning Bids. Mr. Moran held other publishing positions at Inc. Magazine, Entrepreneur Media and Success Magazine. In August, 2012, Mr. Moran was given the prestigious Lou Campanelli award at SCORE’s national conference in recognition for his years of service in the small business market. In 2012 and 2013, Brian was named one of the top 100 SMB Influencers in the country by Small Business Trends & Small Biz Technology.
Steve Strauss is often called “the country’s leading small business expert.” The senior USATODAY small business columnist, Mr. Strauss is also a best-selling author of 16 books, including The Small Business Bible, and his latest book, Planet Entrepreneur. A recovering attorney, Mr. Strauss is the lead columnist and spokesperson for Bank of America’s Small Business Community, and is a regular contributor to SCORE, the Huffington Post, BizEngine, and many other outlets. Mr. Strauss is also a frequent guest on TV and radio and sits on the board of the World Entrepreneurship Forum.
He regularly speaks across the globe about small business strategies and global trends in business. His company, The Strauss Group, creates cutting-edge business content for everyone from Fortune 100 companies to small chambers of commerce. He publishes a valuable, free newsletter for business owners called, “Small Business Success Secrets!”
John Wandishin is the Vice President, Marketing, for Brother International Corporation. He has been with Brother since 1991 and has previously held roles in Product Development, Product Marketing and Marketing Communications. Mr. Wandishin has an MBA in marketing from Seton Hall University and a BS in Management from The College of New Jersey.
Ken Yancey currently serves as CEO of the SCORE Association, a position he has held since 1993. During his tenure with SCORE, Mr. Yancey has been responsible for developing SCORE into a one of the most efficient, effective job creation and business formation engines in the nation. SCORE has served more than 9.5 million existing and aspiring small business owners since inception and helps to create more than 58,000 new businesses and over 71,000 new jobs annually. Mr. Yancey empowers and inspires 364 chapters SCORE Chapters and 13,000 volunteer mentors across the nation. Prior to joining SCORE, Yancey served as Executive Director for the National Business Association.
Mr. Yancey speaks across the country on the topics of entrepreneurship, nonprofit management, small business trends and volunteer mentoring, appearing on ABC, NBC, CBS, MSNBC, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and PBS. He is also a frequent guest on several radio shows including Small Business Advocate, Build Your Business, Small Business Trends and Biz Talk. He serves as a member of the HuffPost Small Business Board of Directors and has been honored with numerous awards including 2011 Small Business Influencer Champion, the USA Freedom Corp Award of Excellence, the American Society of Association Executives Summit Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Future of Entrepreneurship Education Summit.