[Charlotte NC, September 26, 2014] Peggy Duncan, personal productivity expert and founder of The Digital Breakthroughs Institute (training virtually from Charlotte NC), has been named a Top 100 Champion in the 2014 Small Business Influencer Awards.
The Small Business Influencer Awards honor those who are influential to small businesses in North America, through the products, services, knowledge, information or support they provide to the small business market.
The Awards are designed to recognize the unsung heroes of small businesses – those who support and encourage entrepreneurs and small business owners, and help them achieve success and stay successful. The Champions are selected by a panel of judges steeped in the small business market, who considered the contributions of the nominees over the past year toward:
- advocating on behalf of small businesses,
- providing products or services that address the unique challenges faced by small businesses,
- revolutionizing how small businesses do business or how they solve business challenges,
- helping small businesses grow, or otherwise
- impacting small businesses in a significant way.
Duncan is a personal productivity expert, trainer, coach, and consultant who helps her clients develop faster, smarter ways to get things done. She was formally trained at IBM and was recognized by the chairman for automating and streamlining processes that saved her department close to a million dollars a year. She travels internationally as a conference speaker, and helps audiences spend less time working but get more done.
About The Digital Breakthroughs Institute
Duncan is also the curator and lead trainer for The Digital Breakthroughs Institute, a membership Website of how-to video tutorials, DigitalBreakThroughs.com. Its focus is on improving productivity with better organization and technology. She’s also an award-winning technology blogger (SUITEMinute.com). Her books include: Conquer Email Overload with Better Habits, Etiquette, and Outlook; The Time Management Memory Jogger™; Just Show Me Which Button to Click! in PowerPoint; Get Organized at Work and Make It Easy; Shameless Self-Promotion: Do-It-Yourself SEO-Search Engine Optimization; Computer Magic! in Word 2007-2010; and Finding Your Way on a PC with Windows 8.
Journalists tap into her expertise often, and she has appeared on NPR, CNN, TODAY, Black Enterprise Business Report, and the US Virgin Islands PBS affiliate. She’s been cited in Fortune Small Business, O-The Oprah Magazine, Real Simple, Essence, Fitness, Self, Black Enterprise, Entrepreneur, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post.
Duncan received a BBA in marketing and a train the trainer certification from Georgia State University in Atlanta. She is a 2012 Small Business Influencer Champion, a top productivity expert to follow on Twitter, and a top service awardee from SCORE Association.
“You never know who’s listening and implementing your advice and tips. I loved hearing from people who voted for me, and it was just what I needed to hear,” says Duncan.
Anita Campbell, CEO of Small Business Trends and one of the co-founders of the Awards, says “Influencers are those who play crucial roles in the small business ecosystem, but who often are in the background. The Top 100 Champions have distinguished themselves in some way. We’re delighted to see the wide range of Champions and Honorable Mentions this year – including journalists who’ve spent decades covering small business issues, corporate leaders whose names may not be widely recognized but who impact small businesses by influencing the offerings within their companies, vendors large and small that support small businesses, analysts who aid our understanding of this market, and entrepreneurs who have a strong voice among their small business peers.“
Awards co-founder Ramon Ray of SmallBizTechnology.com notes, “Being recognized by the community as a Top 100 Champion also reinforces with employees that their dedication and hard work has paid off. The Awards are intended to provide that added boost in motivation and morale that can make a big difference in results. We’re also delighted at the Honorable Mentions, who definitely bear watching over the coming year!”
About the Small Business Influencer Awards
The Small Business Influencer Awards, now in their fourth year, enable the small business community to nominate and show their support for those that influence and support them. The Awards have an open nomination period, followed by community voting, and then a judging period by a group of industry-knowledgeable judges.
The Small Business Influencer Awards initiative is produced by Small Business Trends, an award-winning online publication, serving over 6,000,000 small business owners, stakeholders and entrepreneurs annually, and SmallBizTechnology.com, a media company that produces online content and live events educating small and mid-sized companies on how to strategically use technology as a tool to grow their businesses. The Awards can be found on the Web at: SMBInfluencers.com.
Peggy Duncan, Founder
The Digital Breakthroughs Institute
pr at peggyduncan.com
Anita Campbell, CEO
Small Business Trends LLC
admin a/t smallbiztrends.com
Twitter hashtag: #SMBInfluencer