Jim Blasingame Receives Highest ASBDC Award

 The Association of Small Business Developments Centers bestows its Champion of Small Business Development Award on Jim Blasingame.

WASHINGTON, D.C., September 15, 2008  - The Association of Small Business Development Centers (ASBDC) announced the presentation of its Champion of Small Business Development Award to Jim Blasingame during the recent ASBDC conference in Chicago.  The Champion Award is the ASBDC's highest national honor and is presented annually to the individual(s) considered to have made a significant and sustained contribution to the success of America's small businesses. 

Jim Blasingame, president of Small Business Network, Inc., is perhaps best known as the host of the syndicated weekday radio talk program, The Small Business Advocate® Show, and is recognized as one of the world's leading experts on small business and entrepreneurship.

The ASBDC represents the approximately 1,000 Small Business Development Centers across the U.S., which are staffed by over 5,000 professional counselors whodeliver free business counseling and educational assistance to small/medium business owners and managers.

"We are extremely pleased to present our Champion Award to Jim Blasingame" said ASBDC president, Don Wilson.  "As the voice of small business, Jim is a tireless and prolific resource and advocate for America's entrepreneurs in general and a great friend and supporter of America's Small Business Development Center Network in particular."

"It is such a great honor to be recognized by this community of professionals for whom I hold the highest regard," said Blasingame. "The leaders at the ASBDC and their professional counselors in the field are some of the most dedicated small business champions on the planet, and supporting them is an important part of my work and that of my organization."

In addition to his nationally syndicated weekday radio show, which is also simulcast worldwide on the Internet, Blasingame is also a keynote speaker, syndicated newspaper columnist, author of two books and founder of the websites, SmallBusinessAdvocate.com and AskJim.biz, a small business knowledgebase.

Blasingame was the recipient of the U.S. Small Business Administration's 2002 Small Business Journalist of the Year award, and he is also a member of the SBA's National Advisory Council. TALKERS Magazine named Blasingame one of the most important talk show hosts in America, and Googleranks him asthe number one small business expert in the world.

The Association of Small Business Development Centers (ASBDC) is a partnership program uniting private enterprise, government, higher education and local nonprofit economic development organizations. It's the most comprehensive small business assistance network in the U.S., with a mission of helping new entrepreneurs realize their dream of business ownership and assist existing businesses as they compete in a global economy. 

Small Business Network, Inc. (SBN), produces and distributes multi-media small business content worldwide. SBN sponsors include: IBM, Administaff, Aflac, FedEx and Palo Alto Software. 


For more information, contact:

Association of Small Business Development Centers
Donna Ettenson, Director of Operations

(703) 764-9850


Small Business Network, Inc.
Davonna Hickman, Vice President

(888) 823-2366