Melinda F. Emerson, aka “SmallBizLady,” is America’s #1 small business expert. She is an internationally renowned keynote speaker on small business development and social media marketing. She is also the president of the Quintessence Group, an award-winning marketing consulting firm based in Philadelphia, PA, serving Fortune 500 brands that target the small business market. A former New York Times columnist, Melinda is frequently quoted by media platforms that include The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, MSNBC, CNBC, and Fox News. She is the host of #Smallbizchat, the longest running live chat on Twitter for small business owners. Forbes magazine named her the #1 woman for entrepreneurs to follow on Twitter. A prolific writer, Melinda has published more than 5000 articles on her blog www.succeedasyourownboss.com. Her small business advice reaches more than 3 million entrepreneurs each week online. She is the bestselling author of “Become Your Own Boss in 12 Months – 2nd edition,” the ebook “How to Become a Social Media Ninja,” and her latest release, “Fix Your Business, a 90 Day Plan to Get Back Your Life and Reduce Chaos in Your Business.” She is a Virginia Tech graduate.