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Melinda Emerson

Melinda F. Emerson

Melinda F. Emerson, also known as, SmallBizLady, is one of America’s leading small business experts. She is an author, speaker and small business coach whose areas of expertise include small business start-up, business development and social media marketing. As CEO of MFE Consulting LLC, Emerson develops audio, video and written content to fulfill her mission to End Small Business Failure. She publishes a resource blog and hosts a weekly talk show on Twitter called #Smallbizchat for emerging entrepreneurs. Forbes Magazine named Emerson one of the Top 20 Women for Entrepreneurs to follow on Twitter. She has been featured on NBC Nightly News and in The Washington Post, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Essence and Black Enterprise. In 2010,her bestselling book “Become Your Own Boss in 12 months; A Month-by-Month Guide to a Business That Works” won a small business book award from She also writes a column for, and is an instructor for the Black Enterprise Small Business University.