Orlando, FL, July 27, 2012 --(PR.com
)-- Christopher Hurn, CEO and Co-founder of Mercantile Capital Corporation, has been nominated for a 2012 Small Business Influencer Award in the category of “Small Business Expert.”
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.
Says Anita Campbell, CEO of Small Business Trends and one of the co-founders of the Awards along with Ramon Ray of SmallBizTechnology.com, "Influencers are those who play crucial roles in the small business ecosystem, but who often are in the background. Many of the nominees are themselves small business owners, entrepreneurs or small businesses. Being nominated distinguishes a nominee from competitors, and in that sense can lead to competitive advantage. The Awards are also intended to provide an added boost in motivation and morale for a nominees’ employees and staff that can make a big difference in results."
Voting continues through August 5th, and votes can be cast at bit.ly/small-biz-influencer.
About the Small Business Influencer Awards:
The Small Business Influencer Awards, now in their second 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.
About Mercantile Capital Corporation:
Mercantile Capital Corporation is one of the nation’s leading providers of U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) 504 loans to small business owners who want to acquire, construct, renovate, expand or refinance their commercial facilities. The company closed more commercial loans in the first six months of 2012 than in all of 2011 — 58 loans worth $220.7 million in total project costs. In its nine-year history, Mercantile has financed loans for projects worth more than $965.5 million in total project costs in 37 states plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, and has helped to create or retain 6,584 jobs. More information can be found at www.504Experts.com.
The Small Business Influencer Awards initiative is produced by Small Business Trends, an award-winning online publication, serving over 4 million 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.
BlackBerry is the title sponsor of the 2012 Small Business Influencer Awards.
Anita Campbell, CEO
Small Business Trends LLC
Twitter hashtag: #SMBInfluencer
Christopher Hurn, CEO/Cofounder
Mercantile Capital Corporation