SBT Announced as Azbee Awards Finalist for 2022


Awards season is upon us, and the entertainment awards celebrations will be attended by representatives from a variety of industries, including broadcasters, journalists and publishers. Small Business Trends is proud to have been announced as a finalist in the American Society of Business Publication Editors’ 2022 Azbee Awards of Excellence competition.

Each year, the Azbees honor the best in B2B media, and the awards recognize outstanding examples in business-to-business, trade, associations, and other professional publications.

“We are so honored to be recognized by the American Society of Business Publication Editors,” said Shawn Hessinger, editor of Small Business Trends. “The Small Business Trends editors take great pride in our mission to provide SMBs with the news and tips they need to succeed every day. But the recognition from our colleagues at ASBPE is an extra reward that everyone here at Small Business Trends really appreciates.”

During this year’s nomination period, which ran from November to January, ASBPE received more than 830 submissions in 65 categories, which were judged by a team of more than 90 editors, freelancers and designers. These entries represent the best editorial and design excellence in magazines, newsletters, digital media and social media.

Small Business Trends is honored to be selected as a finalist in the online how-to article category for its entry, “How to Create a QR Code in 5 Easy Steps.” The article, written by staff writer Michael Guta, has been read by thousands and was updated in January 2021 with the latest information on how to find and use a QR generator.

“Wow! This one piece of content symbolizes the editorial process of our team at Small Business Trends, perhaps more than anything on our site,” said editor Joshua Sophy. “I’m beyond excited to be recognized for it. It is truly an honour.”

While QR codes have been around for a number of years, the article provides easy-to-follow instructions for small business owners to create and use them. Other Small Business Trends employees named in the nomination include CEO and publisher Anita Campbell, Hessinger, Sophy and SEO specialist Matt Mansfield.

“The American Society of Business Publication Editors is a prestigious organization and we are delighted to be recognized as a finalist in the Azbees by such an esteemed group,” said Campbell. “Our team of editors and journalists works hard to deliver quality content to a niche audience of small business owners. Our audience trusts that our content is well-researched and trustworthy, and it’s gratifying to be recognized in this way by an industry group.”

Azbee Awards are presented annually at the regional and national levels in the areas of content, design, online and print, and national awards are selected in five overall excellence categories. Small Business Trends was selected as a finalist for both the Southeast region and at the national level. Regional awards will be announced in April, while the national awards ceremony will take place at ASBPE’s national conference on May 12.

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