Who do you follow on Twitter for news, tips and your favorite products related to small business? Have those people or companies helped your business grow and succeed? Hopefully you’re following some of SMB’s top influencers, and hopefully they’ve been able to help your business. If you didn’t get the chance to say thanks for their contribution to your business by nominating your favorite influencers for an award, don’t fret, you can still VOTE for them! Dun & Bradstreet, along with its Vice Chairman, Jeff Stibel, have been nominated, as well as a Dun & Bradstreet-owned company, Hoover’s. Tons of other awesome small business advocates have been nominated too, so make sure to check out all the nominees on Small Business Trends and learn more about the Dun & Bradstreet nominees below:


Dun & Bradstreet – VOTE!

The Who:

Dun & Bradstreet provides commercial data to businesses on credit history, business-to-business sales and marketing, counter-party risk exposure, supply chain management, lead generation and social identity matching. Dun & Bradstreet maintains a database of over 240 million companies globally and over 100 million professional contact names using a variety of sources including public records, trade references, telco providers, telephone interviews, print, digital and trade publications, among others. Dun & Bradstreet has been listed on the Fortune 500 and has offices in five continents – North and South America, Australia, Asia and Europe.

The Why:

Dun & Bradstreet influences small businesses by building relationships through data, and by enhancing the meaning and understanding of data.

Dun & Bradstreet provides businesses with a D&B D-U-N-S® Number, so that they can help build their business credit, apply for contracts and grow their business.

With Dun & Bradstreet’s lead generation services, companies can find the right targets to market to so they can sell more products, and they can find the right contacts so they can form relationships with the right people.



Hoover’s – VOTE!

The Who:

Hoover’s is the market leader in business information, providing data on more than 85 million companies and 100 million people throughout 900 industry segments. Hoover’s mission is to make business owners’ work easier by connecting them with the business people and companies that can help their business grow.

The Why:

Hoover’s helps small business owners become successful and grow their business by putting them in contact with the right people and companies.

With Hoover’s, business owners can find the right people to market to, and in turn can sell more products or services. Business owners can also find the right people to get in touch with, which saves them time, and helps them build relationships that can help them grow.



Jeff Stibel – VOTE!

The Who:

Jeff Stibel is a brain scientist, entrepreneur, the author of The New York Times Best Seller Breakpoint and Wired for Thought, and the Vice Chairman of Dun & Bradstreet. Stibel was previously Chairman and CEO of Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp., which merged into Dun & Bradstreet in 2015.

The Why: 

Jeff Stibel has had his hands in many businesses and projects that influence and help small business owners. Most notably, Stibel purchased the small business division of Dun & Bradstreet in 2010, and ran the division as CEO of Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp., until the company was purchased back by Dun & Bradstreet in 2015.

Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp. helped small businesses build and maintain their business credit so that they could get contracts and loans, as well as helped assess the risk factor of working with other companies.

Stibel is a LinkedIn Influencer and publishes a series called “A Profile in Failure,” which highlights successful people such as Warren Buffett and Richard Branson, who experienced failure before becoming successful. This series helps motivate small business owners to never give up.

Have we helped you?

Has Dun & Bradstreet or Hoover’s helped your business grow and succeed? We’d love to hear about it! Share your story with us by emailing Lauren Simpson at lsimpson@dandb.com and we might feature your business on our site!