GrowBiz Media’s Rieva Lesonsky Awarded SCORE’s 2012 Lou Campanelli Award

Washington, D.C. - SCORE, – - America’s premier source of free and confidential small business advice, is pleased to announce that Rieva Lesonsky, President and Founder of GrowBiz Media will be presented with a 2012 Lou Campanelli Award. The award is presented by SCORE annually and recognizes outstanding leadership, vision and philanthropy in support of small business, entrepreneurship and SCORE.  The presentation of two Lou Campanelli Awards will take place during the SCORE Awards ceremony on August 16, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

“It is humbling beyond words to be honored with the Lou Campanelli award,” said Lesonsky in response to the recognition.  “Lou set an impossibly high standard, and positively affected the lives of so many. I aspire to continue to live up to those ideals.”

Rieva Lesonsky is President and Founder of GrowBiz Media, a content and consulting company specializing in covering small businesses and entrepreneurship. Before co-founding GrowBiz Media, Lesonsky was Editorial Director of Entrepreneur Magazine. A nationally known speaker and authority on entrepreneurship, she has been writing about and for America's entrepreneurs for more than 26 years.  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. The Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization honored her for helping drive "the entrepreneurial revolution in secondary education." In 2003, Lesonsky was inducted into the Business Journalism Hall of Fame.

“Rieva has been a strong supporter of SCORE and small businesses across the nation for many years,” said SCORE CEO Ken Yancey.  “A true ambassador for small business, she has gone above and beyond to help educate, elevate, and assist these small businesses every day in her life.  She is dedicated to helping entrepreneurs start, grow and achieve their dreams and her continued advocacy creates a real difference in making that happen.  I could not think of a better recipient of the SCORE Lou Campanelli Award than Rieva.” 

The Lou Campanelli Award was first presented to Louis Campanelli of Port Washington, New York in 2006 in honor of his dedicated volunteerism and efforts to build a philanthropic culture for SCORE.  For more information on the SCORE Awards, visit

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