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''The Small Business Advocate Show'' Celebrates 23 Years


Jim Blasingame
Jim Blasingame

After 23 years, "The Small Business Advocate Show," founded by Jim Blasingame on November 17, 1997, is still the only syndicated, live weekday program dedicated to Main Street businesses. And since his broadcast has been simulcast globally since January, 1998 -- six years before anyone called it a podcast -- Blasingame is considered one of the Internet's streaming pioneer.

"Jim Blasingame is a true professional and one of the most dedicated talk show hosts I've seen in my more than 30 years in radio. Congratulations to Jim and his team on another awesome milestone," said WCGO Radio, SmartTalk Radio Network and the GAB Radio Network General Manager Chuck Duncan, which has produced Blasingame's show since 2001.

Known as "The Voice of Small Business," Blasingame conducts more than 1,000 live interviews annually with his Brain Trust. From these live interviews, more than 2,600 podcasts are produced annually, which has resulted in a library of over 50,000 podcasts available on-demand, without cost, to small businesses.

"When we began, we wanted to provide Main Street entrepreneurs with the information, resources and inspiration they need to start, run and grow a small business," said Blasingame. "Thanks to the support of our audience, Brain Trust members and corporate partners, we've accomplished that goal and continue to deliver multi-media content and resources for small businesses, including a mobile site and a video series."

"Congratulations to Jim on his 23rd anniversary," commented Forbes Media Chairman and Editor-in-Chief Steve Forbes. "I've been a regular on Jim's show for years and really knows Main Street business. Jim is a great interviewer, and his peerless commitment to serving small businesses and promoting entrepreneurship comes through in everything he does. Well done, Jim."

For over 22 years, Blasingame's weekly column has been syndicated in newspapers and business journals, plus online publications, including Forbes.com, BizJournals.com, and Nasdaq.com, plus his own weekly ezine. He's authored four books. The last two, "The 3rd Ingredient: The Journey of Analog Ethics into the World of Digital Fear and Greed" and "The Age of the Customer: Prepare for the Moment of Relevance," have garnered seven international awards and sold over 300,000 copies.

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