I believe this is the first year they’re running these, and here’s how the official website describes the awards:
“Small Business Influencer 2011” produced by Small Business Trends and Small Biz Technology and brought to you by Blackberry. Small Business Influencer 2011 honors companies, organizations and people who have made a significant impact on the North American small business market. In phase I, you nominate influencers. In Phases 2 and 3, you and an all-star judging panel will vote for the top 100. It all culminates with honoring the Top 100 Small Business Influencers in mid-August 2011, with an awards dinner to follow on September 13, 2011.
…Once the community has voted, the all-star small-business judging panel will cast their votes. The community vote counts for 40% and the Judges’ vote counts for 60%. The top 100 will be announced in mid-August 2011.
While I personally am not a fan of the word “guru”, I’m honored to be among the nominees, and would highly appreciate your support if you have a moment to cast a vote for me.
Many thanks in advance for your support.