Jim Blasingame Marks 15 Years as The Small Business Advocate®

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Leading expert on small business and entrepreneurship celebrates milestone anniversary.

Blasingame is a keynote speaker and professional panel moderator and emcee.

Blasingame is a keynote speaker and professional panel moderator and emcee.

"[Jim's] peerless commitment to serving small businesses and promoting entrepreneurship comes through in everything he does." Steve Forbes, President of Forbes Media

Award-winning talk show host, Jim Blasingame, celebrates the 15th anniversary of the radio program, The Small Business Advocate® Show, which he created on November 17, 1997. Since then, Blasingame has been the only syndicated host talking to America’s entrepreneurs on live radio every weekday. And because of the global simulcast of his show since January 1998, he is considered an Internet streaming pioneer.

Internationally recognized as “The Voice of Small Business,” Blasingame conducts more than 1,000 live interviews annually with his Brain Trust®, the world’s largest community of small business experts, now more than 1,500 strong. From these interviews, more than 2,700 podcasts are produced annually. Blasingame also has a daily feature on many Sirius/XM Radio channels titled, “A Small Business Minute,” plus video channels on YouTube and Vimeo titled, “Three Minutes to Success.”

“When we began, we wanted to provide entrepreneurs with the information, resources and inspiration they need to start, run and grow a small business,” says Blasingame. “Thanks to the support of our audience, Brain Trust members and corporate partners, we’ve accomplished that goal and continue to deliver multi-media resources for small businesses, including the new mobile site and our new video series.”

"Congratulations to Jim Blasingame on his 15th anniversary," said Steve Forbes, President of Forbes Media. "I’ve been a member of Jim’s Brain Trust for years and he’s a great interviewer; but more than that, his peerless commitment to serving small businesses and promoting entrepreneurship comes through in everything he does."

Blasingame’s thought leadership is also evident in his prolific writing. He is a syndicated columnist for newspapers and online publications, including Forbes.com, and the author of two books: Small Business Is Like a Bunch of Bananas (SBN Books ©2002), and Three Minutes to Success (SBN Books 2006), which combined have sold over 90,000 copies. Blasingame’s next book, The Age of the Customer, will be released in 2013. Blasingame is also a high-energy keynote speaker, and he teaches big businesses how to speak small business as a second language.

“We’re very proud of Jim Blasingame’s 15 years as the world’s leading small business expert, and of our partnership with him for the past eight years,” said Jay Mincks, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Insperity, Blasingame’s presenting sponsor. “As a thought-leader Jim has helped countless entrepreneurs start, run and grow their businesses; as a futurist he helps them see a little farther over the horizon, all of which closely aligns with Insperity's mission.”

Ron Crider, President of Global American Broadcasting Satellite Network, which syndicates Blasingame’s show, said, “Jim is a true professional and one of the most dedicated talk show hosts I’ve seen in my more than 30 years in radio. Congratulations to Jim and his team on this important milestone.”

For his work and leadership on behalf of small business, Jim has received national awards from the U.S. Small Business Administration, The American Chamber of Commerce Executives and The American Small Business Development Centers. Google ranks Blasingame as the number-one small business expert. TALKERS Magazine has identified Blasingame as one of the most important radio talk show hosts in America.

The Small Business Advocate® Show is the flagship brand of the media company, Small Business Network, Inc. (SBN), of which Blasingame is founder and president. SBN produces and distributes multi-media small business resources worldwide. Insperity is the presenting sponsor of all SBN media.

The SBN Web site is SmallBusinessAdvocate.com. The Small Business Advocate® is a registered trademark of Small Business Network, Inc.

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