Babson College and Babson entrepreneurship professor Patricia Greene have been named to the Top 100 Small Business Influencers by Small Business Trends and

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Small Business Influencer 2011 honors companies, organizations and people who have made a significant impact on the North American small business market. View the full list here.

Greene is the President’s Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship at Babson where her research focuses on identification, acquisition, and combination of entrepreneurial resources, particularly by women and minority entrepreneurs. Her current assignment is to serve as the National Academic Director for the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses initiative and advisor to the 10,000 Women program.
She is co-founder of the Diana Project, Board Chair of the Center for Women’s Business Research, and an IC2 Fellow at the University of Texas, Austin, and serves on the advisory boards of Enterprising Women, the National Association of Women Business Owners, and Key Bank's Key4Women. Greene is an appointed member of the national advisory board for the Small Business Administration's Small Business Development Center program. She is a fellow of the IC2 Institute at the University of Texas, Austin, and the Special Academic Advisor for the Guardian Life Small Business Research Institute. Her past service work includes serving as co-chair of the Steering Committee for the Entrepreneurship Affinity Group of the AACSB, and sitting on the boards of the State of Missouri Small Business Development Centers, Kansas Women's Business Center, Growth Opportunity Connection, the Kansas City ATHENAPowerLink™ and the Helzberg Entrepreneurial Mentoring Program. Greene is a frequent speaker at national and international events. She is the author or co-author of several books on entrepreneurship.
Babson College is the educator, convener, and thought leader for Entrepreneurship of All Kinds™. The College is a dynamic living and learning laboratory, where students, faculty, and staff work together to address the real-world problems of business and society -- while at the same time evolving our methods and advancing our programs. We shape the leaders our world needs most: those with strong functional knowledge and the skills and vision to navigate change, accommodate ambiguity, surmount complexity, and motivate teams in a common purpose to create economic and social value. As we have for nearly a half-century, Babson continues to advance Entrepreneurial Thought and Action® as the most positive force on the planet for generating sustainable economic and social value.
Sponsored by BlackBerry, Infusionsoft, and Sage, The Small Business Influencer 2011 awards is an opportunity for individuals, companies and organizations in North America to be recognized for their commitment to small businesses.
520 nominations were received and over 125,000 votes were cast with thousands more Tweets and Likes resulting in this year’s list.
The two-stage selection process involved voting by the community (weighted at 40%) and voting by a panel of judges (weighted at 60%). The criteria for judging include:
  • The numbers of small businesses influenced
  • The way and to what extent the nominee impacts a small business
  • Where the nature of the impact was significant

By Nancy Sullivan, , 781-239-4623 | 08/30/2011 09:00