Fran Tarkenton Nominated for 2014 Small Business Influencer Awards


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Atlanta, GA, September 5, 2014 – Fran Tarkenton has been nominated for the 2014 Small Business Influencer Awards in the Leaders category.

With more than 50 years of business experience, Tarkenton, an NFL Hall of Fame quarterback, is an advocate for entrepreneurship, providing affordable resources for small business owners. His companies, such as, are all designed to solve business problems and give entrepreneurs a better chance to succeed. offers an online small business accelerator program with consultation, software tools and personal mentoring by Tarkenton. Other services such as incorporation, funding and branding address challenges that business owners face every day.

In 2013, Tarkenton keynoted the SBA’s National Small Business Week in Washington, DC. He supports young entrepreneurs in the Four Athens tech incubator, and was the keynote speaker and a mentor at the 2014 DECA ICDC event. His latest project with the University of Georgia is a comprehensive online certificate in entrepreneurship to strengthen and promote American small business.

More from Fran: DECA- Educating Future Entrepreneurs

The Small Business Influencer Awards honor those who are influential to small businesses in North America, through the products, services, knowledge, information or support they provide to the small business market.

The Awards are designed to recognize the unsung heroes of small businesses – those who support and encourage entrepreneurs and small business owners, and help them achieve success and stay successful.

Anita Campbell, CEO of Small Business Trends and one of the co-founders of the Awards along with Ramon Ray of, says, “Influencers are those who play crucial roles in the small business ecosystem, but who often are in the background. Many of the nominees are themselves small business owners, entrepreneurs or small businesses. The impact of the Awards goes well beyond nominees, however – the awards also encourage and excite the nominees’ employees. The Awards are intended to provide that added little boost in motivation and morale that can make a big difference in results. Being nominated also distinguishes the nominee from competitors, and in that sense can lead to competitive advantage.”


Tarkenton Companies was founded by entrepreneur and NFL Hall of Famer Fran Tarkenton. Fran has always had a passion for small business, and has started more than 20 businesses. He has been working full-time to provide knowledge and tools to small business since 1996. Major subsidiaries and brands of Tarkenton Companies include, offering an online small business accelerator program and essential business services;, an online publisher educating entrepreneurs on important business topics; Tarkenton Financial, a network of independent insurance and financial professionals providing retirement solutions; and more. To learn more, visit


The Small Business Influencer Awards, now in their third year, enable the small business community to nominate and show their support for those that influence and support them. The Awards have an open nomination period, with community voting, and then a judging period by a group of industry-knowledgeable judges.

The Small Business Influencer Awards initiative is produced by Small Business Trends, an award-winning online publication, serving over 6,000,000 small business owners, stakeholders and entrepreneurs annually, and, a media company that produces online content and live events educating small and mid-sized companies on how to strategically use technology as a tool to grow their businesses. The Awards can be found on the Web at:

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