Anita Campbell, CEO and Publisher of SmallBizTrends.com, makes our huggable people list because she loves entrepreneurs and everything I have seen her do supports small business owners, usually in both a useful and creative way. Whether it is launching her Small Business Book Awards four years ago (the 2012 awards garnered 55,000 votes) to ensure that books on small business (and their authors) get a chance to shine, or writing her own tweets and speaking at conferences directly to entrepreneurs – you can tell she loves what she does. I have also seen her be generous with both praise and assistance to well-known individuals and just regular folks; she excels at building authentic relationships and win-win opportunities. Her site’s tagline is: “small business success … delivered daily,” is a promise on which I think she delivers well. To me that makes her “huggable people.”Continue Reading
Frank Warren had an interesting, off-the-wall idea in 2004…he handed out a few pre-addressed postcards asking people to mail him a secret that was true and had never been spoken before. Called the PostSecret Project*, the site he built to share those secrets has turned into the largest advertisement-free Blog in the world: PostSecret.com, and a book series, 7 Webby Awards and an upcoming play. The site is simple, no “about” page, nothing to buy, nothing but a few sentences on the home page to tell people what the site is about, a visitor count – as of May 2012 – 529,040,867; and a half a million secrets shared, with more on the way.Continue Reading
We have nominated Craig Newmark as our newest Huggable Person. While he is most known for founding craigslist.org, with its business model of “doing well by doing good,” we are also impressed by the work he is doing with non-profits through craigconnects: “Using technology to give the voiceless a real voice and the powerless real power.” Launched in 2011, craigconnects is, “his initiative to link up everyone on the planet using the Internet to bear witness to good efforts and encourage the same behavior in others.” And he plans to take the next decade to seeing where this project will lead us.Continue Reading
I first met Caroline Di Diego AKA @CASUDI over 3 years ago when I introduced her to Twitter chats, and told her the “facts of Twitter life.” What makes CASUDI huggable people is I have seen her give back many times over; reaching out to help Social Media newbies and Entrepreneurs – and as she says, “building bridges between people, which translates into connecting approriate individuals with fruitful & lucrative endeavors and visa versa;” as she dubs it “Designing Success.”
CASUDI, CEO/Partner of esse group, is a multi-faceted Entrepreneur and is on my huggable people list for many reasons, but the one that stands out for me is her non-profit, Bank-On-Rain, which she co-founded with Mike Williamson. Bank-On-Rain is a small and nimble non-profit consultancy, which helps other larger (perhaps less efficient) organizations implement projects related to solving the shortage of drinking water in developing countries.Continue Reading
I met Barry Moltz for the first time at the Small Business Technology Summit in New York in 2008 where Network Solutions was one of the sponsors. Barry was one of the Keynote speakers and spoke on the theme “Bounce! The Path to True Business Confidence”. He handed me a rubber band ball and asked me “How do you Bounce ?” and recorded my answer on video. Barry posted the video on his blog Crazy about Business, Insane for Success” .
Experts say that you have less than 10 seconds to make a first impression . Barry has made a lasting impression on me with a friendship that has continued over a few years now. We retained our friendship and meet often at conferences. Barry was one of the leading speakers at the GrowSmartBiz conference in Washington DC last year. His spirit of guiding and helping people definitely makes him a candidate for Huggableman.com
Barry has been speaking and inspiring small businesses all over the country. He makes good use of tools like YouTube and you will find some amazing videos here http://youtube.com/user/bjmoltz . I also like this quote â€œLove everyone, trust a few, and paddle your own canoe” . You can find more such gems at his web site http://barrymoltz.com/about-barry
Barry Moltz gets business owners growing again by unlocking their long forgotten potential. With decades of entrepreneurial experience in his own businesses ventures as well as consulting countless other entrepreneurs, Barry has discovered the formula to get stuck business owners out of their funk and marching forward. Barry applies simple, strategic steps to facilitate change for entrepreneurs, and get’s them growing their business once again. Barry Moltz has founded and run small businesses with a great deal of success and failure for more than 15 years.
After successfully selling his last operating business, Barry has branched out into a number of entrepreneurship-related activities. He founded an angel investor group, an angel fund, and is a former advisory member of the board of the Angel Capital Education Foundation. His first book, “You Need to Be A Little Crazy: The Truth about Starting and Growing Your Business” describes the ups and downs and emotional trials of running a business. It is in its fifth reprint and has been translated into Chinese, Russian, Korean and Thai.
His second book, “Bounce! Failure, Resiliency and the Confidence to Achieve Your Next Great Success”, shows what it takes to comeback and develop true business confidence. It has been translated into Korean and German. His third book , “BAM! Delivering Customer Service in a Self-Service World” shows how customer service is the new marketing. Barry is a nationally recognized expert on entrepreneurship who has given hundreds of presentations to audiences ranging from 20 to 20,000. As a member of the Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame, he also has taught entrepreneurship as an adjunct professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology. He has appeared on many TV and radio programs such as The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch and The Tavis Smiley Show. He hosts his own radio show, Business Insanity Talk Radio and writes regularly for American Express’s Open Forum, Allbusiness.com, the Huffington Post, the Chicago Tribune’s Chicago Now and Crain’s Chicago Enterprise City.