If you’re not a tweeter, the social media platform Twitter can seem like an intimidating mystery. But Twitter is easy to follow and a great source of news and information, especially for niche audiences like small business owners. Here are influencers, publications and organizations providing valuable, easy-to-consume information for entrepreneurs. Tweets give a short description and a link that you can follow to learn more. Here are our top picks.
Small Business Trends CEO, Anita Campbell, tweets at @smallbiztrends. Information she provides covers everything from “14 Ways to Use Color to Organize Your Office” to a checklist for negotiating business deals. With almost a tweet an hour, Campbell’s twitter feed is a rich source of information for any entrepreneur.
CPA and business owner Gene Marks @genemarks writes on small business public policy for the Washington Post and weekly for Forbes, Inc, HuffPo, Entrepreneur.” His tweets cover headlines across the US that relate to small business. He’s always topical and opinionated.
Rieva Lesonsky is highly engaged in the twitter community. She was the former editorial director of Entrepreneur Magazine and runs SmallBizDaily.com. She tweets at @Rieva.
Melinda Emerson is the @SmallBizLady. She was named #1 Influential Woman for Entrepreneurs by Forbes, hosts the weekly #SmallBizChat and authored “Become Your Own Boss in 12 Months.”
Well-respected attorney, author and public speaker Barbara Weltman has been named a Top 100 Small Business influencer from 2011 to 2015. Follow her @BarbaraWeltman
The official Twitter account of the U.S. Small Business Administration is @SBAgov. The SBA covers news, tips, and resources for the small business community. It’s a treasure trove of information for small business owners across the U.S.
If you’re not familiar with @SCOREmentors, you should start following them today! SCORE is a fantastic organization that connects entrepreneurs with experts in your industry. If you need a business plan, funding advice, marketing strategy and more, check out @SCOREMentors. A SCORE mentor can help take your business to the next level.
@AwesomelySimple is the Twitter feed of John Spence. He’s been recognized as a top 100 business thought leader and Top 100 small business influencer. From book recommendations to webinars to motivational quotes, his feed is great for the entrepreneur seeking actionable information.
@tferriss Tim Ferriss is the author of 3 #1 NYT/WSJ bestsellers including The 4-Hour Workweek and an angel investor. He hosts a podcast where he interviews successful entrepreneurs, fitness experts, world travelers and popular business authors.
Join over 109,000 people and follow John Jantsch @ducttape. He’s a small business marketing consultant, speaker and author of Duct Tape Marketing, Duct Tape Selling, The Referral Engine and The Commitment Engine. He focuses on marketing and branding.
Liz Strauss’ Twitter summary reads “Get hands-on serious about achieving your goals. ~ Be Irresistible.” That’s a pretty good summary of the @lizstrauss feed. She’s a business strategist and executive coach with over 120,000 followers.
@Inc is THE magazine for entrepreneurs. They provide a plethora of stories about successful small businesses – not just tech startups. The Inc. Twitter feed will point you to top stories and great columns.
The @Entrepreneur Twitter description is spot on: Inspiring, informing and celebrating entrepreneurs since 1973. In addition to the main feed, you can follow @EntCommunity for questions and event live-feeds.
@FastCompany is the “hip kid” of small business publications and is known for their long form feature stories that are content-rich.
If you need more information about how to make Twitter work for you, visit Getting Started with Twitter to learn the basics and find what matters most to you.
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