On behalf of the entire LenCred team we would like to welcome you to the 3rd annual list of Top Small Business Experts to Follow. This year we have narrowed the list down to the Top 20 Twitter Small Business Experts to Follow. LenCred has gone through some great growth since last years list. However, we are the most excited about our brand new member section which houses the internet’s largest collection of whitepapers and ebooks on how to fund your small business the Right Way! Every member on this years Top 20 Twitter Small Business Experts to Follow list has inspired us to help educate all small business owners on the subject, small business financing, which is one of the most crucial of the top 3 reasons why business fail.
Here is your look at the Top 20 Twitter Small Business Experts to Follow. These thought leaders are here to help small business owners make their small business dream a reality. We have become so inspired by these thought leaders that there is no way they could be ranked. Therefore, we have listed them alphabetically by Twitter handle. Take a minute to hit the follow button on all 20 of the small business experts, then head over to the new LenCred Member Section and grab one of the many free whitepapers and eBooks on how to start, grow, or build your small business the Right Way.
@brianclark Brian Clark, Founder of Copyblogger – if this list wasn’t in alphabetical order (which it is) then he would still be toward the top of the list. This guy and his team wrote the book on writing quality content and how to share it.
@brianmoran Brian Moran, Founder of Small Business Edge – there aren’t many who can boast a resume in the small business space like Brian. He knows everyone, thinks of others first, and is a hub of information for both business owners and service providers who are working with business owners.
@DaveKerpen Dave Kerpen- Founder of LikeableMedia – I guess I feel like I like Dave for two reasons. He writes great stuff for Inc Magazine but he also seems very real and down to earth. He’s an NYC guy but I feel like I could bump into him in Mayberry and he’d share a milkshake with me and talk shop. You should follow him.
@ducttape John Jantsch – Founder of Duct Tape Marketing – John is truly one of the gurus. He’s written multiple books and he got his start with none other than Michael Gerber who wrote E-Myth. I get frustrated with guys who only know a little more than the average guy and then pawn themselves off as “experts.” John is like the opposite of that and is one of the few experts who can go as deep into the deep end of the pool as marketers want to go. He served his time in the trenches and he’s got plenty to share with you about how to grow your business.
@GuyKawasaki Guy Kawasaki, Former chief evangelist of Apple – admittedly I’m a PC and Samsung kind of guy but have you seen his mantra: “I empower people.” The former chief evangelist at Apple who worked with Steve Jobs. He’s empowering people? Yeah, I’ll take some of that.
@genemarks– Gene Marks, Writer for Washington Post, Forbes, Huffington Post, and Inc – does anyone write as much as Gene? It’s good stuff so check him out…and he’s a Philly guy so that counts for something right! #GoEagles
@jeff_haden Jeff Haden, That guy you know at Blackbird Media and Inc Magazine contributing editor – this guy might be the best writer on this list. Some people are great at Twitter and might write a little too. Other people know how to write and then have to figure out how to use Twitter. Jeff is the latter. And his Cavs are pretty tough this year in College Hoops too! I’m not a Cavs guy but as an anti-Duke guy I’m still a little mad his guys lost at home to Duke.
@lesmckeown Les McKeown, Author of Predictable Success – it may not be up there yet with Good to Great or The E-Myth Revisited but his first book is an absolute must-read for startups and small business owners. The insights from his model will be invaluable, I assure you.
@LizJostes Liz Jostes, Small Business Owner and Social Media Consultant. Liz is also a contributor on Social Media Examiner. We both have a knack for helping small businesses to grow, but I’m sure she looks way better in a pair of high heels than I do!
@lizstrauss Liz Strauss, CEO of SOBCon – Liz is founder of a great conference called SOBCon. She gives and thinks of others first. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that SOBCon is back next year – it draws an amazing group of people who genuinely leave their egos at the door when they enter the room.
@ramonray Ramon Ray, Infusionsoft! Oh ya that guy – Ramon should be a spokesperson for 5 Hour Energy because he never seems to stop. I think he should write his next book on the art of the hustle because he gets after it. Great guy.
@Rieva Rieva Lesonsky, CEO of GrowBiz Media – there’s the Kings of Comedy and then there’s the Queens of Content and she’s the head of the Content Queens. Her and her team helped us for a couple years with our content and so we know first hand. Great lady who gets it and might be able to help you get it if you follow her.
@smallbiztrends Anita Campbell, CEO of Small Biz Trends and BizSugar – I must say that if this list was in order of my favorites she would be right at the top. With all she’s done in the space and her influence I can’t believe she doesn’t have her own Wikipedia page. Humble. Great person. Lots of great content.
@SteveStrauss Steve Strauss, Author of Planet Entrepreneur and senior columnist at USA Today – His book, The Small Business Bible is certainly one of the most comprehensive books available about small biz. He also brings a lawyers perspective, be sure to check him out.
@thegrowthguy Verne Harnish, CEO of Gazelles – His first book was a game-changer but his newest book, Scaling Up, is a must-read if you want to grow your business and grow it right. Gazelles is the most robust growth methodology in the marketplace, he’s the brains behind it.
Who inspires you or helped you build your small business! Let us know by tweeting @LenCred or using the hashtag #MyTop20.
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