Meet the Team

There are a lot of people who contribute to make the Small Business Bonfire a success, from experts sharing their advice, to behind-the-scenes support that keeps the site running smoothly, to Bonfire members who are the glue that holds the community together.

One vital part of the Bonfire is the small business help provided in the form of realistic, usable and current information shared on the blog and in our printed publications. Here are the people behind the content on the Small Business Bonfire.

Alyssa Gregory

Alyssa Gregory is a small business collaborator. For the past 13 years, she has consulted small business owners, written about small business topics, brought entrepreneurs together, and worked with groups on starting, managing and growing small businesses.

On a typical day, you can find Alyssa sharing business tips, advice and resources on the Small Business Bonfire Blog, in the Small Business Bonfire Community, on, and on Twitter and Facebook. For a full listing of her credentials, projects and work, please visit You can follow Alyssa on Twitter: @alyssagregory.

Emily Suess

Emily Suess is a self-proclaimed Kindle enthusiast, a sometimes 5k runner, and a fan of Simon & Garfunkel. She earned her B.A. in English from Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI).

After a series of bad clerical jobs left her frustrated and feeling just a little stabby, Emily decided it was time to be her own boss. Working as a freelance writer in Indianapolis, she uses 7 years of freelance experience to help small business owners optimize their websites and sales and marketing materials for maximum growth. Follow Emily on Twitter: @emilysuess.

Simon Salt

Simon Salt is CEO of Marketing Communications Agency IncSlingers. He is an author, blogger, writer and entrepreneur –- though not always in that order. He has been recognized for his ability to provide strategic marketing guidance that covers both traditional marketing communications and social media.

Simon’s book on Social Location Marketing was published by QUE, a division of Pearson publications in February 2011. He has been published online by Mashable, Read Write Web and others. He speaks nationally on the topic of social media and works with major brands as an online brand advocate. Follow Simon on Twitter: @incslinger.

Amanda Henson

Amanda Henson is the owner of Henson Consulting and encounters all sorts of madness as she blogs at High Impact Mom, manages a successful digital marketing company, corrals two busy daughters, attends college fulltime, and occasionally even finds time for a date with her husband.

When she’s not strategizing with small businesses on how to manage their online presence, you can also find Amanda wrangling volunteers at the Type-A Parent Conference. Amanda is a fellow social media addict, a compulsive volunteer, and a hard rocking-Jane Austen reading geek…she might also be a little bit crazy. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook.