- Quintessence GroupPresident, 1999 - present
- The New York TimesColumnist, 2012 - 2015
- SecondAct.comColumnist, 2010 - 2012
Melinda F. Emerson, known as "SmallBizLady" is one of America's leading small business experts. Her areas of expertise include small business start-up, business development and social media marketing. Melinda writes a weekly column for the New York Times and publishes a resource blog www.succeedasyourownboss.com.Melinda has been featured on MSNBC, Fox News, NBC Nightly News and in The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal and Black Enterprise.
Melinda hosts #Smallbizchat, a weekly talk show on Twitter. #Smallbizchat is the trusted resource on Twitter to discuss everything entrepreneurs need to know about launching and running a profitable small business.
She is also the founder and CEO of Quintessence Multimedia, a full social media marketing and content development firm. She started the business after a career in television as a producer with ABC and NBC.
If you'd like Melinda Emerson…
- to speak at an event.
- to consult on social media marketing strategy.
- for a media request / interview.
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"Melinda Emerson is an engaging and dynamic speaker who effectively uses humor and great stories to teach small business owners information critical to their success. She is very capable of addressing a wide range of business audiences. Her knowledge and passion for what she believes comes across in her speaking. She is an outstanding presenter. We will have her back again.”
Director, Small Business Development
“I just finished reading Melinda's soon to be released Book... WOW! Good Stuff! You are looking at a future nationally known personality... With the way in which she has leveraged the social media landscape with her #smallbizchat, and with the genius strategy she has been using to help countless entrepreneurs while building her brand.... there is no doubt that this is a rising star in the small business world you need to take into account!”
Issamar Ginsberg, Small Business Consultant
“Melinda Emerson combines tremendous business knowledge with her vibrant personality and creativity. Her presentation skills are at the highest level; she can totally engage a room with no visuals or special effects. Her expertise gives her a solid basis for providing business advice, and she is able to reach clients from small businesses to large corporations. She thinks strategically, but can also drill down to the details. I welcome any further opportunities to work with Melinda again.”
Amy Blake, International Association of Business Communicators
"Melinda's journalism training makes her a professional and extremely engaging speaker. Her material is lively yet focused with real substance that can help develop other businesses."
Director, Supplier Diversity
“Your presentation on The Importance of Identifying Your Niche provided sound and substantive insight to our suppliers and IKON personnel in attendance. You delivered a highly energetic and informative presentation in a manner that generated food-for-thought and strong encouragement to some of our audience members to begin re-evaluating their business plan and focus it in a more strategic and profitable direction…”
Manager, Supplier Diversity
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