Rieva Lesonsky, Founder & CEO: Rieva Lesonsky’s many years of experience in small business journalism shaped her career as a content marketing expert focused on small businesses. A nationally known speaker, best-selling author and authority on entrepreneurship, Lesonsky has been covering America’s small businesses for more than 30 years. Before co-founding GrowBiz Media in 2008, Lesonsky was the long-time Editorial Director of Entrepreneur Magazine.
Lesonsky has appeared on the Today Show, Good Morning America, CNN, The Martha Stewart show and Oprah, and can regularly be seen on MSNBC’s Your Business, discussing topics such as small business ideas and how to start a small business.
Many organizations have recognized Lesonsky for her tireless devotion to providing small business assistance. She served on the Small Business Administration’s National Advisory Council for six years, and was honored by the SBA as a Small Business Media Advocate and a Woman in Business Advocate. She has been honored as one of publishing’s top innovators, and is in the Business Journalists Hall of Fame. The Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization honored her for helping drive “the entrepreneurial revolution in secondary education.” The ASBDC awarded her a “Champion of Small Business” award. Lesonsky has been named one of the nation’s top 100 Small Business Influencers by Small Business Trends, and has received the prestigious Lou Campanelli award from SCORE.
Maria Valdez Haubrich, Chief Liaison Officer: Maria Valdez Haubrich is former Executive Editor of Entrepreneur Magazine, where she worked for over 20 years. At Entrepreneur, she served as key liaison between the editorial department and B-to-B marketers, developing custom publications, online content and other editorial products to help B-to-B marketers reach the SMB audience. She also coordinated production for the magazine and for various custom content creation projects.
Karen Axelton, Chief Content Officer: Karen Axelton is former Executive Editor of Entrepreneur Magazine and former Editor of Entrepreneur.com. She has been tracking new business ideas and small business marketing trends for more than 20 years. As Executive Editor, she oversaw content creation for the magazine and for other Entrepreneur Media publications. A former marketing and web content copywriter, Axelton has ghostwritten several small-business books on topics such as small business marketing and how to start a small business.