SmallBizDaily is powered by two people with a passion for entrepreneurship: Rieva Lesonsky and Maria Valdez Haubrich. We met at Entrepreneur Magazine over 30 years ago. We’ve been a great team ever since, so when Rieva decided it was time for her to stop talking about entrepreneurship and start living it, we went out on our own and have never regretted the entrepreneurial lifestyle.
At SmallBizDaily, we combine our decades of experience reading and writing about entrepreneurship with our new experience as startup entrepreneurs to share our unique take on the world of small business.
About Rieva Lesonsky
Rieva Lesonsky (@Rieva) is president and CEO of GrowBiz Media, a custom content and media company focusing on small business and entrepreneurship, and SmallBizDaily.com, a noted small business website. She’s a nationally-known speaker, best-selling author, and authority on entrepreneurship who has covered the industry for more than 40 years. Prior to starting GrowBiz Media, she was the long-time Editorial Director of Entrepreneur magazine. She wrote the best-selling Start Your Own Business. Her newest book is Small Business Hacks: 100 Shortcuts to Success.
Lesonsky regularly writes about small business and entrepreneurship for print and digital outlets, has a podcast devoted to small business issues and consults with and produces content for corporations targeting entrepreneurs and small business owners.
Lesonsky has appeared on the Today Show, Good Morning America, CNN, The Martha Stewart show and Oprah.
Many organizations have recognized Lesonsky for her tireless devotion to helping entrepreneurs. 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 she received the prestigious Lou Campanelli award from SCORE. She’s been named one of the nation’s top 100 Small Business Influencers and is a long-time member of the Business Journalists Hall of Fame.
About Maria Valdez Haubrich
Maria Valdez Haubrich is former Executive Editor of Entrepreneur Magazine, where she worked for over 20 years. At Entrepreneur, Maria’s savvy marketing mind helped develop custom publications, online content and other editorial products for B-to-B marketers seeking to reach small-business owners. Along the way, she’s learned a lot about everything from printing, design and production to project management, tech troubleshooting and how to work a trade show booth. Now, Maria is now Executive Editor of SmallBizDaily and is responsible for all web content, including coordinating guest posts. Write to her at email@example.com. (But not before you check the writer’s guidelines!)
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