Updated: Apr 18
Kimberly Wallace of Cornelius, NC Competed With 125,000 + Nominees In Alignable’s North American Business Person Of 2023 BOSTON, MA: March 1, 2023 -- The largest online referral network for small businesses, Alignable.com announced the results of its annual national search for leaders who’ve gone above and beyond guiding peers and supporting entire communities as many small businesses continue to combat major economic challenges. Today, Alignable’s network of 7.8 million small business owners have chosen Kimberly Wallace of Southern Magnolia Media as the #2 North American Business Person Of 2023 and #1 Local Business Person of the Year for Cornelius, NC Wallace competed with 125,000 nominees, emerging victorious after 226,000 + votes and 51,000 testimonials were reviewed. In fact, her specific national ranking is No. 2 in North America and is considered a Business Owner SUPERSTAR, based on votes and testimonials from her peers and the entire Alignable network spanning 7.8 million+ members. The 2023 contest is the most popular competition Alignable has hosted in five years, marking a 61% jump in participation over 2022. All told, 3,750 communities across the U.S and Canada selected 3,976 winners this year (including ties). That’s an increase of 1,400 + additional Local Business People Of The Year compared to 2022. 226,000+ Votes & Nearly 51,000 Testimonials
During the contest, which ran from Jan. 9, 2023, to Feb. 17, 2023, 226,000 + votes and close to 51,000 testimonials were posted praising 125,000 + local leaders for helping their peers and communities through a turbulent year with many challenges, including high inflation, rising interest rates, and fears of a recession. In fact, 67% of small businesses are still trying to reach the revenue levels they had prior to COVID, struggling to recover after nearly three years. This situation highlights how important it is for the contest winners to continue their work helping even more businesses bounce back from pandemic-era hurdles, as well as post-COVID problems that have emerged. Supporting Each Other is Key “In the world of small business, you get back what you give,” said Wallace. “Offering free marketing advice and directing struggling peers to their path feels great in the moment, but when they succeed and thank you later, there’s no better feeling. That’s pretty much what many of us experienced exponentially during this contest and I can’t thank my supporters enough for the gift they've given back to me. At the end of the day, isn't that what we're supposed to do in life? Help others? ” Wallace Isn't new to being recognized by her community, she has won Local Business Person of the year for 4 years straight and #5 in the US. Wallace and other Top Business Owners have received special badges on their Alignable profiles, recognizing their contributions. In past years, the awareness generated through similar contests has helped drive additional connections, prospects, and new business for many winners. But chances are good that the new top distinction could draw even more acclaim for these altruistic business owners. Driving Recognition Is Important “This has been a fun and rewarding contest to watch unfold,” said Alignable’s President & Co-Founder Venkat Krishnamurthy. “Local business owners are the heart and soul of their communities, and they deserve to get much more recognition for all they do. Friendly competition aside, this contest generated some incredible peer testimonials, showing exactly why small business owners are stronger together.” To arrange interviews with Kimberly Wallace and/or an Alignable representative, please contact Chuck Casto at email@example.com. He also can offer JPEGs and other visuals, as well as local winner testimonials. About Southern Magnolia Media Southern Magnolia Media is a Digital Marketing Agency that assists business owners with their online presence. Its services include Google Business Profile Optimization, Community & Relationship Marketing to Social Media Management. Kimberly is known through Alignable for her Southern charm in everything she does and makes you feel like family. She offers a free 30 minute consultation to develop a pathway to your success. For more information, you can contact Kimberly at firstname.lastname@example.org & SouthernMagnoliaMedia.com What People Say About Kimberly "Kimberly is great! She is the best with customer service, customizing her programs to your needs and being very detail oriented. She always strives to meet your needs! She has my vote." - Mark T "Kimberly is so helpful, easy to work with and she knows marketing. I highly recommend her!" - Kim D, Kim Dechert Wellness/Midlife Health Coach "From a standpoint where everyone is putting their professional face forward almost to the point of being fake, we have Kimberly who acts real and genuine. She's true to her Southern roots and willing to help anyone that needs it. " Mark Smith - Smith Sealcoating & Striping "Kim does a great job with representing the community, very helpful and always positive!" Michael Richey - SERVPRO of Alexander, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, and Iredell Counties "Kimberly is the go to person for Google business profile. Highly recommended!" Dr Cephus E Simmons Sr - Simmons Medical Devices, LLC About Alignable Alignable.com is the largest online referral network for small businesses in the U.S. and Canada. With 7.8 million members across 35,000+ communities, Alignable is the network where small business owners come together. Whether you’re connecting with local small businesses, meeting peers in your industry, or finding a catalyst who will introduce you to their network, Alignable is where businesses connect and change their business trajectory.