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Jeanette Mulvey

Jeanette Mulvey,
Editor-in-Chief

Jeanette has been writing about and for small businesses for her entire career. She is a business journalist who has covered industries ranging from small-town hardware stores to big city fashion designers. In addition to her work as a journalist and editor at sites like Business News Daily and Business.com, she has run multiple small businesses and understands the everyday challenges small business owners face. She is currently the author of Small Business Straight Talk, a newsletter for small businesses, and was named a LinkedIn Top Voice in Entrepreneurship and Small Business in 2020 and 2021.

Barbara Thau

Barbara Thau,
Editorial Director, Features

Barbara is a longtime business reporter and editor specializing in the retail and consumer sectors, whose coverage includes fashion, food, beauty, technology and more. Her coverage at consumer publications like Forbes, CNBC and AOL.com and trade outlets such as Home Furnishings News ranges from market trend analysis features to CEO profiles of the nation’s biggest public companies, as well as buzzy new disruptors. Thau aims for CO—'s features to demystify the business landscape for the business community, with exclusive stories that keep readers ahead of the trends, identify emerging opportunities and offer actionable insights for growth.

Ciara Larkin

Ciara Larkin,
Editorial Director, Copy & Production

Ciara has spent her career editing and writing about a variety of topics, from personal finance and business for TheStreet to tax and accounting for Thomson Reuters. Her combined experiences have led her to discover a passion for small businesses, startups and all that comes along with entrepreneurship. She aims to produce content for the CO— audience that encourages motivation, offers help and is grammatically correct.

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Ami Scherson

Ami Scherson,
Contributor

Ami (ah-mee) Scherson (she/her/hers) is a Queens, NY-based freelance writer, arts administrator, musician, and facilitator. She is an experienced…More

Andrea Forstadt,
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Andrea Forstadt is a Philly-area based marketing communications executive specializing in brand messaging and storytelling. In addition to her role…More

Anna Baluch

Anna Baluch,
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Anna Baluch is a freelance writer from Cleveland, OH. She enjoys writing about entrepreneurship, small business, and a variety of financial topics.…More

Bruce Horovitz

Bruce Horovitz,
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Bruce Horovitz is a national freelance journalist who regularly writes for TIME Magazine, the New York Times, the Washington…More

Cory Paller

Cory Paller,
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Cory Paller is a freelance writer. He studied political science at the University of Missouri with a focus in political campaign fundraising. Cory is…More

Dan Casarella

Dan Casarella,
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Dan Casarella is a writer, podcast producer, and small business development specialist who formerly worked in late-night television. He’s produced…More

Danielle Fallon-O'Leary

Danielle Fallon-O'Leary,
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Danielle Fallon-O'Leary is a writer and social media specialist who loves using her creativity to fuel her passion for communication. She also holds…More

Dawn Allcot

Dawn Allcot,
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Dawn Allcot is a full-time freelance writer and marketing specialist with extensive experience writing about finance, insurance, real estate,…More

Deborah Lynn Blumberg

Deborah Lynn Blumberg,
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Deborah Lynn Blumberg is a freelance writer and content marketer specializing in business and finance and health and wellness. She got her start at…More

Elan Varner

Elan Varner,
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A self-professed multipotentialite, Elan Varner is a part-time English (Writing) major/speech therapy minor by day and a budding music artist and…More

Emily Heaslip

Emily Heaslip,
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Emily is a versatile freelance copywriter who writes for brands and agencies in tech, finance, and fashion. She is currently based in Cape Town and…More

Emily Iverson

Emily Iverson,
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Emily Iverson is a freelance copywriter with a knack for storytelling. She graduated from Chapman University where she studied Public Relations and…More

Emily Rosman

Emily Rosman,
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Emily Rosman is an editorial professional who has previously worked in book publishing at Penguin Random House and Hachette Book Group. She has a…More

Faye Brookman

Faye Brookman,
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Faye Brookman is a freelance business writer with experience covering a range of topics and industries, with a specialty in retailing and the…More

Geoff Williams

Geoff Williams,
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Geoff Williams is a freelance journalist who regularly writes for U.S. News & World Report and generally specializes in business and…More

Jackie Chiquoine

Jackie Chiquoine,
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Jackie Chiquoine is a writer and trend forecaster with a background in retail analysis and consumer insight. Special areas of focus include DTC,…More

Jacob Harrison

Jacob Harrison,
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Jacob Harrison is a freelance writer and a commentary broadcaster. He graduated with an Associate's Degree in Computer Science at Rowan College at…More

Jamie Johnson

Jamie Johnson,
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Jamie Johnson is a Kansas City-based freelance writer who specializes in writing about small business and finance. In additional to writing for CO,…More

Jessica Elliott

Jessica Elliott,
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Jessica is a writer and business consultant specializing in tech, marketing, and small business operations. She dives deep into research and trends…More

Joan Verdon

Joan Verdon,
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Joan Verdon has been covering business and retail news for the past 25 years. She has covered trends in tech, manufacturing, real estate and retail,…More

Julianna Lopez

Julianna Lopez,
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Julianna Lopez is a freelance writer, editor, and social media marketer. She loves all things New York, books, movies, and theater.More

Karen Kroll

Karen Kroll,
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Karen Kroll is a Twin Cities-based business writer, focusing on corporate and consumer finance, supply chain and logistics, retailing, and real…More

Katarina Betterton

Katarina Betterton,
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Katarina Betterton is an SEO writer and digital marketing coordinator. She loves to read and write and is a regular columnist for two online…More

Kaytlyn Smith

Kaytlyn Smith,
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Kaytlyn is a freelance copywriter. She graduated from Rowan University with a Bachelor's degree in Journalism and Master's degree in Writing. Outside…More

Kirsten Capunay

Kirsten Capunay,
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Kirsten is a Utah-based freelance copywriter. When she isn't writing, she enjoys activities with her child, going to the theater, adventuring in…More

Kristen Di Lonardo

Kristen Di Lonardo,
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Kristen Di Lonardo is a freelance writer who enjoys turning data into a narrative, telling stories about art, and digging into what makes a positive…More

Kristin Colella

Kristin Colella,
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A strong believer that knowledge equals power, Kristin has held several editorial positions in print and online media throughout her career. She…More

Lauren Kubiak

Lauren Kubiak,
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Lauren is a freelance copywriter. She graduated from Rowan University with a Bachelor’s in journalism. She is a full-time editor at an association…More

Lauren Wingo

Lauren Wingo,
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Lauren Wingo is a freelance writer who describes herself as devoted, creative, and open-minded. She attributes her keen eye for detail to her…More

Leanne Haas,
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Leanne Haas is a Houston-based freelance writer with a background in marketing and e-commerce branding. Her favorite projects usually involve a…More

Lori Ioannou

Lori Ioannou,
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Lori Ioannou is an award-winning journalist who is currently a contributor and podcaster for The Wall Street Journal and other…More

Lydia Dishman

Lydia Dishman,
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Lydia Dishman is a business journalist who writes about the intersection of tech, leadership, commerce, and innovation. She is a regular contributor…More

Madison Ballinger,
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Madison Ballinger is a writer, editor, and marketing collaborator with experience ranging from grant writing, screenwriting, SEO, content writing,…More

Margie Zable Fisher

Margie Zable Fisher,
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Margie writes articles and content for organizations and media outlets. Her writing has been published on Entrepreneur.com, BusinessInsider.com,…More

Mark Hamstra

Mark Hamstra,
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Mark Hamstra is a freelance business writer with experience covering a range of topics and industries, including food and mass retailing, the…More

Miranda Fraraccio

Miranda Fraraccio,
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Miranda Fraraccio is a freelance copywriter. She got her start working in different sectors of the music industry, before transitioning to focus on…More

Nicole Fallon

Nicole Fallon,
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Nicole Fallon is a writer, editor, and marketer with over a decade of experience covering small business topics. Nicole holds a Media &…More

Nicole Gattone

Nicole Gattone,
Copy Editor

Nicole Gattone edits articles and books for print and web from her home in Bucks County, PA. She graduated with a BA in journalism from Temple…More

Paul Conley

Paul Conley,
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Paul Conley decided to enter journalism at the age of six. Too young to be hired as a paperboy, he convinced a neighborhood teenager to…More

Poornima Apte

Poornima Apte,
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Poornima Apte is a trained engineer turned writer who specializes in the fields of smart manufacturing, robotics, AI, IoT, 5G, cybersecurity, and…More

Rachel Barton

Rachel Barton,
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Rachel Barton is a writer, editor, and social media manager who has worked with the Smithsonian Center for Folklife & Cultural Heritage, Imperic…More

Rhyan Sharkey,
Copy Editor

Rhyan is a copy editor and copy writer for CO—. She uses her unique background in both marketing and education to write and edit content in a…More

Robert Roy Britt

Robert Roy Britt,
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During his years as a media-company executive, Rob led the launch and growth of several industry-leading online publications covering business,…More

Samantha Friedlander

Samantha Friedlander,
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Samantha Friedlander is a freelance writer and editor. At Franklin & Marshall College, she studied English: Creative Writing and Psychology.…More

Sammi Caramela

Sammi Caramela,
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Sammi Caramela is a content manager whose love for words has propelled her into a career in content marketing. When she isn’t working for her various…More

Sean Ludwig,
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Sean Ludwig is a freelance business, technology, and food writer, and he has written thousands of stories for various publications over the years. He…More

Sean Peek

Sean Peek,
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Sean Peek is the co-founder and COO of content marketing agency Lightning Media Partners. He began his digital marketing career as a writer and has…More

Shannon Curley

Shannon Curley,
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Shannon is a content writer, strategist, and editor who has worked with a wide range of clients including Hasbro Toys, Samsung, IBM, GE Health,…More

Sheryl Nance-Nash

Sheryl Nance-Nash,
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Sheryl Nance-Nash is a freelancer who specializes in personal finance, business, small business and travel. Her work has appeared in Money Magazine,…More