Today marks the two year anniversary of #Smallbizchat. It’s a weekly interactive chat that I host on Twitter for small business owners. @Smallbizchat takes place every Wednesday from 8-9pm EST. It’s hard to imagine that an idea to help small business owners get answers to their small business questions has grown to such a strong community on Twitter and this blog. I started #SmallBizChat as an online mentoring program to fulfill my mission to end small business failure.
I’m so proud to provide this resource to emerging entrepreneurs week after week. Earlier this year, I was given a social media star award by the Philadelphia Business Journal for creating #SmallBizChat. It was the show’s first award. One entrepreneur who is regularly on @Smallbizchat recently told me that #SmallBizChat was part of her rope team that she looks to for help with running her small business. She’s a perfect example of the participant feedback that we hear often.
I could not do #SmallBizChat without my co-host @TaiGoodwin. Special thanks to my first co-host @cathywebsavvypr who helped me launch the franchise. I also have to give a special shout out to @SoniaSchenker who has pulled together our transcripts weekly since we started.
Over the last two years my team and I have had the opportunity to host top small business experts from across the world including Michael Gerber, Jill Konrath, Anita Campbell, James Tayo, Hugh McFarlane, Peter Shankman, and Tim Berry.
I am very excited that tonight for our 99th show our guest is @GuyKawasaki Author of the new book Enchantment (Penguin, 2011) and classic bestseller The Art of the Start (Penguin, 2004). Guy is a serial entrepreneur, venture capitalist, co-founder of Alltop.com and Former Chief Evangelist of Apple. Information on the topic and each week’s guest can be found by following @SmallBizChat and @SmallBizLady on Twitter.
You won’t want to miss our 100th show April 27th with my special guest Alan Weiss, Ph.D. @BentleyGTCSpeed author of the classic bestseller Million Dollar Consulting (4th Edition, McGraw Hill 2009). Alan has been called America’s #1 Independent Consultant. I can’t wait to learn from him!
You must have a twitter account to join @SmallBizChat. Participants can use tweetchat.com or use TweetGrid.com to join the live chat. For information on how to participate in #SmallBizChat, click here.
If you are not a Twitter user, a complete Q&A interview from the #SmallBizChat guest is posted every Thursday morning on Melinda’s blog at: www.succeedasyourownboss.com
If you know a small biz owner who could use some advice tell them to follow @SmallBizChat and join us every Wednesday at 8-9 ET.
Melinda F. Emerson, known to many as SmallBizLady is one of America’s leading small business experts. As a seasoned entrepreneur, professional speaker, and small business coach, she develops audio, video and written content to fulfill her mission to end small business failure. As CEO of MFE Consulting LLC, Melinda educates entrepreneurs and Fortune 500 companies on subjects including small business start-up, business development and social media marketing. Forbes Magazine recently named her one of the Top 20 Women for Entrepreneurs to Follow on Twitter. She hosts #SmallBizChat Wednesdays on Twitter 8-9pm ET for emerging entrepreneurs, and publishes a resource blog at: www.succeedasyourownboss.com. Melinda is also the author of the national bestseller Become Your Own Boss in 12 months: A Month-by-Month Guide to a Business That Works. (Adams Media 2010)