In its 25th year, the Small Business Forum and Leader Award (fondly SBFLA) program honors and recognizes leaders of small businesses who have achieved company success while contributing to the development of our community. We are grateful for the support of our Presenting Sponsor Commerce National Bank and Partner Business First, plus numerous sponsors who make this program possible. Each day before the 2009 Small Business Forum and Leader Award, we'll profile our finalists.
Finalist: Under $1 Million in Revenue – Bill Balderaz, Webbed Marketing
Bill Balderaz, Founder, Chief Innovation Officer of Webbed Marketing has grown the company from a one-man consultancy to one of the largest and fastest growing independent interactive marketing agencies in the Midwest.
Prior to launching Webbed Marketing, Bill accumulated more than 10 years of traditional and online marketing experience, focusing on advertising, public relations and media experience. Bill has worked with some of the largest publishers in the world, including Standard and Poors, McGraw-Hill and Thomson Gale, to plan, execute and measure Internet marketing programs. He began working in the search engine optimization, pay-per click advertising and link building world in 1998, prior to the launch of Google. He has spoken on Internet marketing topics at dozens of conferences including events sponsored by the Public Relations Society of America, the American Marketing Association and Search Engine Strategies.
Bill holds a bachelor’s degree in public relations from Bowling Green State University and an MBA from Franklin University. He runs the BuzzSaw Word of Mouth Marketing blog at http://buzz.ducttapemarketing.com and is the creator of the Webbed-O-Meter, which is the first publicly available tool that measures online word-of-mouth. Recently he was awarded the â€œCurrier Young Professional Awardâ€ from Bowling Green State University.
Award recipients will be announced at the 2009 Small Business Forum and Leader Awards on November 10, 2009.