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Meet the 2015 Hiscox Small Business Stars

December 9, 2015

For the third year in a row, Hiscox presents its list of small business stars!

At Hiscox we’re not only committed to providing best in class small business insurance, we also strive to be a dedicated resource of information to help small business owners launch or grow a business. We know that it takes courage each and every day to hold the title of business owner. As the recent recipient of the Top 100 Small Business Influencer Award, we’re also proud to celebrate those that working to help small businesses succeed!

For the second year in a row, we’ve compiled a list of must follow small business experts to guide your small business success. The 2014 Hiscox Small Business Stars included the likes of Erica Nicole, the founder of the Young, Fabulous and Self-Employed Magazine, Inc.com columnist and small business expert Gene Marks and many more. Our 2015  promises to be just as great!

Check out the 2015 Hiscox Small Business Stars listed below and follow these experts on social media, or their websites, to guide your small business success.

Brian Moran (@brianmoran) | Brian has spent the last 20+ years helping America’s entrepreneurs realize their dreams. Through his company, Small Business Edge, Brian helps entrepreneurs and marketers navigate the small-to-midsize business marketplace. Visit Brian’s blog at SmallBusinessEdge.com as he shares insight from his over 20 years as an entrepreneur.

Gene Marks (@genemarks) | Gene Marks is a columnist, author, and small business owner. He writes daily for The New York Times newspaper and weekly for Forbes magazine, The Huffington Post website, Inc. magazine, Entrepreneur.com, Fox Business and Philadelphia Magazine.

Gary Vaynerchuk (@garyvee) | Gary builds businesses. Fresh out of college he took his family wine business and grew it from a $3M to a $60M business in just five years. Since then he’s launched a digital media company, VaynerMedia. He’s also a prolific angel investor and invested in a few startups you may have heard of like Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Uber, and Birchbox. Oh, and he made a cameo in Hiscox’s award-winning Leap Year series.

Ramon Ray (@ramonray) | Ramon is the mastermind behind several top small business resources including Smart Hustle, and SmallBizTechnology.com. He also wrote the book on small business social media marketing, The Facebook Guide to Small Business Marketing.

Rieva Lesonsky (@Rieva) | For more than 30 years Rieva has been on a mission to help people grow and start their own businesses. She is the CEO GrowBiz Media and SmallBizDaily.com, a custom content creation company focusing on small business and entrepreneurship. She’s a passionate small business advocate, journalist, and is a best-selling author.

Anita Campbell (@smallbiztrends) | Anita Campbell is the founder, CEO and publisher of Small Business Trends, an online resource for small business owners and entrepreneurs. Anita is also the CEO of BizSugar, a small business social media website. Each year, Anita spearheads the Small Business Influencer Awards.

Barry Moltz (@barrymoltz) | Barry gets business owners growing again by unlocking their long forgotten potential. Barry’s written 5 books on small businesses, is a member of the Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame, and taught entrepreneurship as an adjunct professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology.

Nellie Akalp (@corpnetnellie) | Nellie Akalp is a small business expert and entrepreneur who launched CorpNet in 2009 to help small business owners and entrepreneurs start and protect their businesses. Visit CorpNet.com for help with preparing and filing the necessary documents to start your business.

Brian Solis (@briansolis) | Brian Solis is a digital analyst, anthropologist, and  futurist. His blog, BrianSolis.com, is ranked as a leading resource for insights into the future of business, new technology and marketing. Follow Brian if you want to stay on top of the latest technology for your business.

Hanna Hasl-Kelchner (@NoNonsenseLawyr) |  Hanna uses her business and legal background to help executives, managers and entrepreneurs crystalize goals and align their strategy to become more successful. In her book, The Business Guide to legal Literacy: What Every Manager Needs to Know about the Law, Hanna demonstrates how entrepreneurs can create bold innovative solutions.

Melinda Emerson (@Smallbizlady) | Melinda Emerson needs no introduction – she is perhaps the best known ambassador for small businesses. She’s been named the #1 Influential Woman for Entrepreneurs by Forbes. Her regular tweet chats under the hashtag #SmallBizChat are not to be missed and neither is her book, Become Your Own Boss in 12 Months.

Steve Strauss (@SteveStrauss)  | As a small business expert, Steve Strauss shares his business insight as a small business columnist with USA Today. Steve is also the president and founder of TheSelfEmployed.com, a one-stop-shop of resources for the self-employed, freelancers and solopreneurs.

Alfred Edmond Jr. (@alfrededmondJR) | As senior vice-president and editor-at-large of Black Enterprise and host of The Urban Business Roundtable, Alfred Edmond Jr. brings a unique perspective to American Urban Radio Network’s Money Matters.

Barbara Weltman (@BarbaraWeltman) | As a tax and business attorney since 1977, Barbara has the knowledge entrepreneurs need to get ahead and stay ahead.  She’s made a name for herself as a small business influencer through her radio show, speeches, and books including The Rational Guide to Building Small Business Credit.

Gwendolyn F. Turner (@GwenFTurner) | Gwendolyn helps prepare small businesses for big opportunities by building solid strategies for market access. Gwendolyn has served as a featured speaker for Tuck School of Business, Women’s Business Enterprise National Council, and Institute for Supply Management.  She has published articles and has been quoted in several magazines including; Black Enterprise, Forbes, and Minority Business Entrepreneur.

Carol Roth (@caroljsroth) | One of the country’s most successful business advisors, Carol has provided frank, straightforward and insightful business advice to hundreds of business owners, ranging from a single entrepreneur with an idea to Fortune 500 businesses.

Chris Brogan (@ChrisBrogan) |  Chris is a New York Times bestselling author of eight books and one of the most sought after marketing experts in the US. Forbes listed him as one of the Must Follow Marketing Minds of 2014 and his website has been listed as one of the 100 best websites for entrepreneurs.

Jeremy Goldman (@Jeremarketer) | Jeremy Goldman has been working with companies looking to take their operations online and inject “social” into their processes for over a decade. He helps high growth startups execute effective digital marketing campaigns. You can find his work in Inc. Magazine.


  • Hanna Hasl-Kelchner

    Thanks you! What an honor and privilege to be part of this esteemed group!