LAKEWOOD, CALIF., March 19, 2014 – Are you an entrepreneur who’s breaking the rules— or do you know one? Traditional awards programs honoring entrepreneurs tend to focus on accomplishments such as revenues and growth. But the RuleBreaker awards, sponsored by Nextiva, Skype and Constant Contact, celebrate entrepreneurs for the things they don’t do—for ignoring conventional wisdom, taking the path less traveled and breaking all the rules.

“The RuleBreaker Awards will honor and celebrate those entrepreneurs who have succeeded by doing it their way,” said Rieva Lesonsky, CEO of GrowBiz Media and a co-host of the RuleBreaker Awards.

“Our goal is to salute those who never shirk from obstacles, don’t fear the unknown and persist despite the odds,” said co-host Mike Michalowicz, author of The Pumpkin Plan.

“Some rulebreakers revolutionize their industries; others create whole new industries,” said co-host Barry Moltz, author of How to Get Unstuck.

15 finalists and one overall winner will receive prizes including:

• A VoIP package from Nextiva, good for the lifetime of your business,

• A 12-month Skype Premium subscription, and

• A 30-minute business counseling call with Mike Michalowicz, Barry Moltz or Rieva Lesonsky

Nominations are open until March 31, 2014. You can nominate yourself, or another
Entrepreneurs Can Nominate Themselves, or Others for Recognition and Prizes RuleBreaker in the following categories: Service Provider, Technology Provider, Food/Restaurant, Manufacturer or Retailer.

Winners will be chosen in April 2014 by a panel of judges including:

• Ken Yancey, CEO of SCORE

• JJ Ramberg, co-founder of Good Search and host of MSNBC’s Your Business

• Ingrid Vanderveldt, Dell’s Entrepreneur in Residence

• Anita Campbell, founder, CEO and Publisher of Small Business Trends and BizSugar

• Ramon Ray, Marketing and Technology Evangelist of and Infusionsoft

The winners will be honored at an awards ceremony June 10th at the Tribeca Grand Hotel in New York City. For more information about the contest and to enter, visit:

ABOUT RIEVA LESONSKY: Rieva Lesonsky is CEO of GrowBiz Media, a media and custom content company focusing on small business and entrepreneurship. A nationally recognized speaker who regularly addresses audiences across the country, Rieva broke the rules by becoming the first female editorial director of a general business magazine; she was SVP/Editorial Director of Entrepreneur Magazine for more than 25 years.

ABOUT MIKE MICHALOWICZ: Mike Michalowicz is the author of The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur, The Pumpkin Plan and Profit First. Mike has grown and sold two multimillion-dollar companies and now operates his third. And if there is one thing he attributes entrepreneurial success to, it’s breaking the rules.

ABOUT BARRY MOLTZ: Barry Moltz is the author of How to Get Unstuck: 25 Ways To Get Your Business Growing Again. He is a small business motivational speaker and radio talk show host. He breaks rules by showing there is nothing to learn from failure and demonstrates how to strive for minimal achievement.


Rieva Lesonsky
CEO, GrowBiz Media
4067 Hardwick St., #296
Lakewood, CA 90712
(714) 389-7411


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