Melinda’s Story

Melinda F. Emerson, known as “SmallBizLady,” is one of America’s leading small business experts. She is a seasoned entrepreneur, professional speaker, social media strategist whose mission is to end small business failure.

Melinda has lectured  for The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, MIT, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, National Association of Community College Entrepreneurship, National Association of Women Business Owners, Pennsylvania Conference for Women,  International Association of  Business Communicators, the Small Business Administration, and the Center for Women’s Business Research. Her firm has worked with marketing brands including: Pitney Bowes, Chase, Bloomberg, FedEx, American Express, Facebook, Walmart, Xerox, IKEA, Verizon, and Wells Fargo. Her areas of expertise include small business start-up, business development and social media marketing strategy.

Melinda Emerson began her professional career in television as a producer. Within five years, inspired by Oprah Winfrey’s HARPO Productions, Inc., she left television news to pursue her entrepreneurial dream to create her award-winning production company Quintessence Multimedia. Over the years, the company transitioned with technology to become a highly sought-after content development and social media marketing firm.

Melinda publishes a resource blog, which is syndicated by the Huffington Post. She also hosts #Smallbizchat a weekly live talk show on Twitter. #Smallbizchat is the trusted resource on Twitter to discuss everything entrepreneurs need to know about running a profitable small business. She also writes a regular column on social media for the New York Times You’re The Boss Blog.

Melinda is the author of her bestselling book, Become Your Own Boss in 12 Months; A Month-by-Month Guide to a Business That Works (Adams Media), and a workbook and curriculum Are You Ready To Become Your Own Boss? and recorded an audio CD, 10 Things You Must Never Forget in Business.  For more product details click here.

Melinda has been featured on MSNBC, Fox News, NBC Nightly News and in The Washington Post, Forbes, Fortune, The Wall Street Journal, Black Enterprise and Essence Magazines. She is a Pittsburgh native and a proud graduate of Virginia Tech.