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Rieva Lesonsky is president and CEO of GrowBiz Media, a custom content and media company focusing on small business and entrepreneurship, and the blog SmallBusinessCurrents.com. She’s a nationally-known speaker, best-selling author, and authority on entrepreneurship and has covered the industry for more than 30 years. Prior to starting GrowBiz Media, she was the long-time Editorial Director of Entrepreneur magazine.

Lesonsky regularly writes about small business and entrepreneurship for numerous websites. She also consults with and produces content for corporations targeting entrepreneurs and small business owners.  

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

Many organizations have recognized Lesonsky for her tireless devotion to helping entrepreneurs. 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. In 2009, she was honored as one of publishing’s top innovators. 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 and in 2012 she received the prestigious Lou Campanelli award from SCORE. She’s been named one of the nation’s top 100 Small Business Influencers and is a long-time member of the Business Journalists Hall of Fame.

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26 Essential Sites for Women Business Owners
Here are 26 of Rieva Lesonsky’s favorite online resources for women entrepreneurs.
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The State of Women Entrepreneurs
How are women business owners faring these days? Read Rieva’s blog on the latest research about women entrepreneurs around the
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Best Small Business Financing Options for Women in 2023
From loans to grants, here are the best small business financing options available to women entrepreneurs today.
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Top Small Business Grants for Women in 2023
Women entrepreneurs have become a major force in the world of small business, and here are five grants specifically for them.
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Best Practices for B2B Email
In the first two parts of this series, we discussed the importance of email as a marketing tool for all small businesses. So why
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How Women Entrepreneurs Can Win Federal Contracts
The federal government sets aside a certain percentage of contracts for Women Owned Small Businesses in areas where they have been
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Designing the Perfect Email
As we mentioned in part one of this series, email dominates the marketing kingdom, generating an impressive ROI (return on
2023 Hottest Business Ideas, Trends & Markets
2023 Hottest Business Ideas, Trends & Markets
Imperative insights into the ideas, trends and consumer behaviors on the rise that will impact the way you do business this year.
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What Do Employees Want? How to Attract and Retain Workers for Your Small Business
Many business owners still struggle to find and keep employees, whether small businesses operate in-office (store or restaurant)
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5 Ways Smartphones Can Boost Your Productivity
If you’re a devotee of iPhones, it’s time to get excited—Apple just unveiled its new lineup of smartphones. Since the release of
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Should You Start or Grow a Small Business During a Recession?
Starting a business in the next 12 months is a smart move, despite fears of a recession or inflation. Read this blog by small
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Starting a Black Beauty Business
Now that most cities and states have lifted mask mandates and people are returning to their offices, women are buying more
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The Dos and Don’ts of Turning Your Hobby Into a Business
According to Business Jargons, an online business encyclopedia, it’s often harder to start a business in rural areas, due to
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Consumers Have Changed Their Shopping Behavior; Can You Keep Up?
As if the last few years haven't been tumultuous enough for small business owners, you must also adapt to new consumer buying
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Is a Recession Coming? How to Prepare Just in Case...
Some people predict a recession is coming, while others dismiss the notion since the nation is essentially at full employment. But
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The Emerging Impact of TikTok on Small Businesses
TikTok continues its upward trajectory. In the U.S., Apptopia reports TikTok was the number-one downloaded app—with 94 million
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Riding the Small Business Roller Coaster
As we close out what some call “Small Business Month,” it’s a good time to check in on how small business owners feel and what
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Social Selling Success
Social media has increasingly become a more important channel for retail sales, so it’s even more an imperative to make social
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Racing to a Net-Zero Future
Last week we celebrated Earth Day, reminding us of the fragility of the environment.
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Volunteering and Other Ways to Give Back to Your Community
April is National Volunteer Month making it an excellent time to review your company’s volunteer and other charitable efforts.
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Why Women Should Start Small Businesses
Female small business owners have a variety of motivators for starting their business from inspiring other women entrepreneurs to
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Overcoming Financial Challenges for Women Business Owners
Unfortunately, 2021 was not a good year for women business owners. Learn more about the challenges women entrepreneurs faced
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What You Need to Know About Google’s Algorithm Updates
Stay aware of Google's changes to ensure that your small business remains on the first page of search results.
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Black Entrepreneurs Face Their Challenges and Feel Optimistic
Discover more about how Black-Owned businesses are doing in the United States.
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Ready to Buy A Business?
Looking at small businesses for sale? Use this article to help you through the purchase process.
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11 Ways to Find Your First Customers
Starting a new business? Use this advice to find and keep new customers.
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Improve Your Social Media Outreach in 2022
Social media is key to growing your business. Use these tips to improve your strategy!
2022 Hottest Businesses, Markets and Trends
2022's Hottest Businesses, Markets & Trends
The start of a new year is the perfect time for small business owners and startups to learn the newest business trends and startup
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Are You Ready For Small Business Saturday?
Make sure that your small business is prepared for Small Business Saturday and the rest of the holiday selling season.
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How to Protect Your Small Business from Damaging Cyberattacks
Ensure that your small business is protected against cyberattacks with these tips.
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Women Business Owners: Where We Stand Now
For National Women's Small Business Month we look at how Women-Owned businesses are performing.
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State of Hispanic-Owned Businesses
Hispanic Businesses are growing at an astonishing rate. Discover more about the state of Hispanic-Owned businesses.
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Small Business Outlook
Review a selection of current surveys and reports on the state of small businesses today.
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Preparing for the Holiday Season
Make sure that your small business is prepared for this holiday selling season with advice from Rieva Lesonsky and BigCommerce.
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Social Recruitment: The Newest Way to Find Employees
Employee recruitment has been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Social recruiting can help you to grow and complete your small
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What’s “Hot” for Retailers
The current state of retail is thriving. Pay attention to these trends and shifts in consumer behavior to rely on online shopping
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Laughing All the Way to the Bank
Use laughter and humor to encourage customers to stay in your store longer and increase sales!
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Small Business: A Brighter Future Ahead
Dive into the results from the Bank of America 2021 Small Business Owner Report (SBOR), which surveyed small business owners in
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The Growing Importance of Employee Training
Employee training not only teaches your team how to do something better but benefits your company and is a powerful tool for
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The Benefits of Working Remotely
While businesses decide whether to stay remote or return to the office, business owners must maintain a productive work
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The Changing Workplace
Examine five trends that are changing the workplace small business owners should be aware of.
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Women Entrepreneurs: Own Your Power
Research shows that when we act confident, it changes how others react to us, which not only builds our confidence but can also
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Retail Outlook: 2021
2021 looks like it’s going to be a huge year for retail. Rieva Lesonsky details steps you can take for your retail business to
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Launching a Small Business? How to Start Smart
Business startups are on the rise. Before you leap into business ownership, there are some things you should know.
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What the Most Successful Businesses Are Doing in 2021 - Trends You’ll Want to Jump on Now
Join this conversational webinar about continuing patterns, new small business trends, and the biggest changes that will impact
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The Power of Mentorship
Hear how mentorship impacted three successful entrepreneurs along their journey to build and grow their companies.
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How to Set Up an Online Presence for Your Business
Digital strategies that help you establish an online presence, reach potential customers, cement relationships with your customers
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What the Latest Covid-19 Relief Bill Means for Your Small Business
On December 21, 2020, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a new coronavirus relief bill. Here’s what it means for the
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Rescuing the “Shecession”
Women entrepreneurs and business owners have been hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic. Ingrid Vanderveldt explains what we can do
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Weathering the Covid-19 Storm
Covid-19 forced many small businesses to make changes. See how many business owners are adjusting through this pandemic.
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