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About Small Business Trends
"Small business success … delivered daily"
Small Business Trends is an award-winning online publication for small business owners, entrepreneurs and the people who interact with them. We cover small business news, follow trends, provide tips and advice, and interview movers and shakers. We also spotlight other small businesses and startups. Our core focus is on providing practical, specific answers to your toughest small business questions and challenges.
Our team of professional editors, journalists and vetted experts publishes new content daily. Our writers always strive to explain complex topics in plain language while providing the context behind each story. By balancing journalism and authenticity, our goal is to assist small businesses everywhere on their road to success.
Small Business Trends was founded in 2003 by entrepreneur Anita Campbell as a way to publish newsletter articles online. Since then, the site has grown into an engaged community of small business owners. She then acquired our sister site BizSugar in 2009 as an additional resource for small businesses.
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Our team operates remotely from across the United States and around the world. With more than 120 years of combined small business experience, you can feel our obsession with your success in every word. Small business trends is not a big legacy media company – our staff lives the small business life and brings that authenticity to the job every day.
Anita Campbell, CEO and Publisher
Anita is the Founder and CEO of Small Business Trends LLC. She bootstrapped the company from a nascent idea. Previously she was a General Counsel and CEO of a technology subsidiary of Bell & Howell. She founded this site in 2003 and was named one of the 30 Small Business IT Influencers to Follow in 2020 by BizTech Magazine.
Staci Wood, Chief Operations Officer
Staci is the Chief Operations Officer of Small Business Trends. She is responsible for client relations, marketing and branding, web page development and user experience. She has 18 years of experience with the company, and a 29 year background in administration.
Leland McFarland, Chief Technology Officer
Shawn Hessinger, Executive Editor
Shawn is the Executive Editor of Small Business Trends. He coordinates and oversees editorial operations and has over 24 years of editorial experience, including serving as managing editor for a network of nine weekly newspapers.
Joshua Sophy, Editor
Joshua is the Editor of Small Business Trends. As a journalist with 23 years of experience in traditional and online media, he is responsible for day-to-day operations of the editorial department and leads the overall content strategy for the site. Joshua also manages our team of international journalists.
Michael Guta, Assistant Editor
Michael Guta is the Assistant Editor at Small Business Trends. He currently manages its East African editorial team and contributes to the overall content strategy for the site. He holds a B.S. in Information Communication Technology, with an emphasis in Technology Management.
Matt Mansfield, SEO Manager
Matt is the SEO manager at Small Business Trends. He carries over 22 years of experience in driving targeted online traffic using content and search engine optimization (SEO). He specializes in data research and content creation designed to attract visitors.
Amanda Stillwagon, Marketing Manager
Amanda is the Marketing Manager for Small Business Trends. She is a specialist in email marketing, newsletter creation and social media marketing. Amanda has 16 years of experience with the company. She is immersed in the world of Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and LinkedIn.
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