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Christine Perkett of PerkettPR Named a Top 100 Champion in the 2013 Small Business Influencer Awards

A business owner and SMB advisor for 20 years, Perkett helps entrepreneurs through services, advice and investment

Boston, Sept. 30, 2013 – Christine Perkett – CEO and founder of PerkettPR Inc., writer and digital marketer - has been named a Top 100 Champion in the 2013 Small Business Influencer Awards. The Small Business Influencer Awards, produced by Small Business Trends and SmallBizTechnology.com, honor those who are influential to small businesses in North America, through the products, services, knowledge, information or support they provide to the small business market.

Christine has spent the last 20 years as a small businesses and startup authority, counseling hundreds of companies across many industries including tech, healthcare, consumer and more. From business plans to steady growth - including through M&As and IPOs – Perkett and her team are dedicated to helping entrepreneurs reach their business goals and realize their dreams. Perkett has spent 15 years running her own award-winning small business, PerkettPR, and serves other small businesses through services such as marketing, PR, digital and social engagement strategies, training and more. She is also an active angel investor and serves as a Board Director and Advisor to various businesses, providing counsel and driving decisions on everything from finance to HR, sales and branding to product development and more.

The Small Business Influencer Awards are designed to recognize the unsung heroes of small businesses – those who support and encourage entrepreneurs and small business owners, and help them achieve success and stay successful. The Champions are chosen based on a combination of voting by the small business community and a panel of judges steeped in the small business market, who considered the contributions of the nominees over the past year toward:

  • • advocating on behalf of small businesses,
  • • providing products or services that address the unique challenges faced by small businesses,
  • • revolutionizing how small businesses do business or how they solve business challenges,
  • • small businesses grow,
  • • or otherwise impacting small businesses in a significant way.

Says Anita Campbell, CEO of Small Business Trends and one of the co-founders of the Awards, "Influencers are those who play crucial roles in the small business ecosystem, but who often are in the background. The Top 100 Champions have distinguished themselves in some way. We’re delighted to see the wide range of Champions and Honorable Mentions this year – including non-profits, academia, journalists who’ve spent decades covering small business issues, corporate leaders whose names may not be widely recognized but who impact small businesses by influencing the offerings within their companies, vendors large and small that support small businesses, analysts who aid our understanding of this market, and entrepreneurs who have a strong voice among their small business peers." Awards co-founder Ramon Ray of SmallBizTechnology.com notes, "Being recognized by the community as a Top 100 Champion also reinforces with employees that their dedication and hard work has paid off. The Awards are intended to provide that added boost in motivation and morale that can make a big difference in results. We’re also delighted at the Honorable Mentions, who definitely bear watching over the coming year!"

About Christine Perkett and PerkettPR

Christine Perkett is the founder of PerkettPR, Inc., a digital marketing and PR firm established in 1998. In addition to leading the day-to-day operations of her award-winning firm, Christine also regularly contributes business and marketing advice and insights through contributions to publications including Forbes, USA Today, and Marketing Profs, and documents the rewards – and challenges – of being a working mother in a blog for Working Mother. Among numerous other industry acknowledgements, she has been named a Top 100 Woman Entrepreneur Expert and a Top 100 Woman to Follow on Twitter by Hubspot’s Grader and Evan Carmichael, PR Executive of the Year by the American Business Awards, Top 25 Authority Moving PR Forward by Traackr and more. PerkettPR has also been nationally recognized, including as a “Golden Standard” by Forrester Research, a “Top Tech Communicator” in PR Sourcecode’s Journalist surveys, and a Best Tech PR Finalist in TechCrunch’s Crunchies Awards. You can further connect with Christine and PerkettPR at her personal blog or the corporate blog.

About the Small Business Influencer Awards

The Small Business Influencer Awards, now in their third year, enable the small business community to nominate and show their support for those that influence and support them. The Awards have an open nomination period, followed by community voting, and then a judging period by a group of industry-knowledgeable judges.

The Small Business Influencer Awards initiative is produced by Small Business Trends, an award-winning online publication, serving over 6,000,000 small business owners, stakeholders and entrepreneurs annually, and SmallBizTechnology.com, 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. The Awards can be found on the Web at: SMBInfluencers.com.

CONTACT: Susan Sweenie PerkettPR, Inc. ssweenie@perkettpr.com

Anita Campbell, CEO Small Business Trends LLC admin@smallbiztrends.com

Twitter hashtag: #SMBInfluencer