Rieva Lesonsky

Southern California

Rieva Lesonsky, the CEO and founder of GrowBiz Media, a custom content & media company that helps national marketers reach small business owners and helps entrepreneurs start and grow their companies, has spent 30+ years covering small business and entrepreneurship.

Before co-founding GrowBiz Media in 2008, Lesonsky was the long-time Editorial Director of Entrepreneur Magazine. She’s a nationally known speaker, best-selling author and an advocate for and authority on entrepreneurship

Lesonsky has appeared on the Today Show, Good Morning America, CNN, The Martha Stewart show and Oprah, and can regularly be seen on MSNBC’s Your Business.

Many organizations have recognized Lesonsky for her tireless devotion to helping entrepreneurs. She served on the Small Business Administration’s National Advisory Council for six years, and was honored by the SBA as a Small Business Media Advocate and a Woman in Business Advocate. In 2009, she was honored as one of publishing’s top innovators. The Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization honored her for helping drive “the entrepreneurial revolution in secondary education.” The ASBDC awarded her a “Champion of Small Business” award, and Lesonsky has been named one of the nation’s top 100 Small Business Influencers. Last year she received the prestigious Lou Campanelli award from SCORE.

Lesonsky regularly contributes content to the Small Business Forum on Web.com, the SCORE Success blog, Small Business Trends, AllBusiness.com, SBA.Gov, American Express OPEN Forum, AT&T, Nextiva, the Hawkeye Business Finance Lounge and her site SmallBizDaily.com. She is also a contributing editor for Success magazine.

  • Education
    • Bachelor's of Journalism, University of Missouri, Columbia