JoAnn R. Forrester is co-host of the Empress of Biz Talkcast and co-founder, president and partner in S. I. Business Associates, Small Business Solutions, LLC and Celebrate & Share. JoAnn has been recognized for her advocacy and championing of small business by many organizations including the U. S. Small Business Administration and the state of Pennsylvania. She is a serial entrepreneur, writer, business growth specialist, teacher, columnist and award winning writer. Her experience includes over 75,000 hours of experience that have made her a prominent woman on the small business scene. JoAnn specializes in helping small businesses grow and prosper. She has secured over 40 million dollars in loans and investment for her clients. She is the co-developer of the PRICE IT PERFECT™ cost management system for small business.
JoAnn is a celebrated business author of two well received business books:
STEPS TO OWNING YOUR OWN SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS©, and the DAVID VS GOLIATH MARKETING HANDBOOK©. Her current project is: 52 Dangerous Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make©. JoAnn has been a featured business columnist for the Pittsburgh Business Times writing on Business Finance and for PPLMag.com She generously shares her expertise and knowledge on her blog, “Empress of Biz” Listen, Learn, Prosper on www.empressofbiz.blogspot.com.
As a small business writer and founder of Blue Ribbon Award Winning Profiles, JoAnn has written over 300 award winning profiles for her clients that have secured local, regional and national recognition, including the National Small Business Administration Small Business Person of the Year, National SBA Journalist of the Year, the SBA National Veteran Advocate of the Year, Stevie Awards and Athena Awards.
In 2002, JoAnn R. Forrester and Bonnie DiCarlo co-founded Celebrate & Share. She is co-founder of The Women of Achievement Awards Dinner which has recognized over 250 prominent women in Pittsburgh while raising funds for Cribs for Kids®and other not for profit organizations.
JoAnn is also co-founder of the Pennsylvania Women’s Hall of Achievement and was elected President in June of 2012.The goal of the PA Women’s Hall of Achievement is to honor and highlight the accomplishments and achievements of the women of Pennsylvania.
In 2008, JoAnn started the Empress of Biz Talkcast Show, “Listen, Learn, Prosper!
The goal of the show is to provide inspiration, guidance and practical advice to business owners. JoAnn and her guests share their experiences, success and failures to guide her listeners to success.
JoAnn has also been active nationally and locally with the National Association Women Business Owners, serving on the National NAWBO Nominating Committee, five times elected president of the Greater Pittsburgh Chapter. She is currently the Treasurer of the Greater Pittsburgh chapter.
In recognition of her contributions and championing of small and woman owned businesses, JoAnn has been recognized twice by the U. S. Small Business Administration as the Pennsylvania Women Business Champion (1989 and 2000). In addition she has been recognized as a Pennsylvania Best 50 Women in Business, an Honoree in the Pennsylvania Honor Role of Women, awarded the Greater Pittsburgh Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners Founder’s Award, and recognized by the National Women’s Hall of Fame. In 2010, she was honored by the Greater Pittsburgh YWCA in their Tribute to Women Awards in the entrepreneur category.