Press Release


Diane Weklar
CEO, Weklar Business Institute


Diane Weklar Nominated for 2014 Small Business Influencer Award

RIVERSIDE, CA—September 3, 2014—Diane Weklar, bestselling author and CEO of the Weklar Business Institute, has been nominated for the 2014 Small Business Influencer Awards in the Experts category.

Produced by Small Business Trends (a highly popular small business online magazine) and Small Biz Technology (a media company that educates growing businesses on how to strategically use technology to grow), 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 business—those who support and encourage entrepreneurs and small business owners, and help them achieve success and stay successful.

Diane Weklar has been nominated in this year’s Expert category, which includes a list of impressive nominees such as Ebay expert Marsha Collier, Shark Tank’s Barbara Corcoran, creator of the Duct Tape Marketing System, John Jantsch, and CNBC on-air contributor Carol Roth, to name a few.


“I was absolutely surprised and excited to receive a nomination for such a prestigious award. I am truly honored to be among so many noteworthy professionals,” said Weklar.

Diane Weklar, known as the Authority on Accelerating Business Growth, provides small business owners and entrepreneurs with online and onsite training on a variety of business success strategies. She recently published the Amazon bestseller, Mastering the Money Maze: 10 Secrets to Winning Business Financing, which provides practical insights for small business owners and managers who need to raise capital. She is active with the National Association of Women Business Owners, the American Marketing Association and the Inland Empire Women’s Business Center, sponsored by the SBA where she is a mentor.

“Influencers are those who play crucial roles in the small business ecosystem, but who often are in the background,” said Anita Campbell, CEO of Small Business Trends and one of the co-founders of the Awards. “The Awards are intended to provide that added little boost in motivation and morale that can make a big difference in results.”

The Award process is two-fold. The community can vote online for Diane Weklar or its favorite influencer from August 29th – September 15, 2014. An expert panel of Judges with deep and wide knowledge of the small business market will choose the final 100 Small Business Influencers. The Awards gala event is October 21, 2014 in New York City.


About the Small Business Influencer Awards

The Small Business Influencer Awards , now in their third 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, with 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, 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:


About Weklar Business Institute

The Weklar Business Institute (WBI) is the brainpower hub for accelerating small business growth. Its mission is to provide business owners and managers with all the strategies, tools and processes entrepreneurs need to achieve what they really want—a thriving business that runs like a well-oiled machine and produces substantial profits. Building a successful business today means synchronizing your goals with all business functions to create shared optimal performance throughout the firm. It also means continually adapting to a volatile economy, and targeting those great opportunities that put you at the top of your market. The Weklar Business Institute provides business training and coaching in a four-pronged approach: Strategy Execution, Integrated Marketing, Performance Optimization and Obtaining Capital. For more information go to


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