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SimplyBe. Agency - Female Entrepreneur of the Year

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Company: SimplyBe. Agency, Chicago, IL
Company Description: SimplyBe. Agency is a personal branding company. We believe all great leaders have a story to tell. We uncover why your expertise is vital: to your industry and to the world. Using a sophisticated mix of identity and brand strategy, content creation, book proposal development, live workshops, online products, and masterminds, we unleash you into the world as the brand, product, and service.
Nomination Category: Individual Awards Categories
Nomination Sub Category: Female Entrepreneur of the Year – Business Services –10 or Less Employees

Nomination Title: Jessica Zweig, CEO and Founder

Describe for the judges the activities and accomplishments of the nominated entrepreneur since the beginning of July last year (up to 525 words):

Jessica Zweig, founder and CEO of two-year-old personal branding company, SimplyBe. Agency, is an inspirational leader with her heart set on empowering women and being in service of the world. With a passion for digital marketing, storytelling and authenticity, Jessica devotes her time and energy to coaching clients and her global community to take ownership of their truth and purpose, while grooming future #bossbabes in leadership. It is Jessica’s mission to awaken people to their own individual gifts to maximize results-driven businesses, service oriented cultures, and deeper personal fulfillment.

SimplyBe. has grown 30-70% quarter-over-quarter since January 2017. The agency services personal branding through mediums such as social media, blogging, video creation, book writing, web and digital optimization, SEO and public relations to curate cohesive stories that recognize their expert clients as thought leaders. Jessica facilitates workshops and masterminds, teaching the power of personal branding to corporations such as Heineken USA, Red Bull, Chicago Tribune, Virgin, and BBMC Mortgage Bank. She began as a team of one in early 2017 and has grown to be a team of seven as of this month, hiring personal branding and marketing experts of whom are all women. SimplyBe. is on track to become a million-dollar company by the end of 2018.

Jessica’s most recent and renowned accomplishment took her to Tallinn, Estonia where she participated as a keynote speaker for Mindvalley University. She gave a three-hour lecture on personal branding, speaking to her expertise and learnings from building her own company and trademarked concept. One thousand people attended Mindvalley University, and over one million people worldwide now have access to Jessica’s expertise. In a year’s time, Jessica has launched a booming personal branding business that is now a leading resource for people across the world.

Jessica and SimplyBe. have been nominated for Chicago Inno’s Top 50 Startups and ranked as one of the top entrepreneurs to follow by the Chicago Tribune. As a thought leader with over ten years of experience in digital marketing and social media, she landed a role as a regular morning contributor for FOX News 32 as their head social media expert. Jessica has been featured inForbes, Crain’s,Chicago Tribune,Chicago Sun-Times, Refinery 29, Tasty Trade,BizTech Magazine,Today’s Chicago Woman,NBC, ABC, FOX, CBS and moreas a leading entrepreneur and personal branding expert.

Jessica strives to be in service of the people in her business, her city, and across the nation. Earlier this year, she began developing SimplyBe.’s philanthropic leg with a campaign that gave away SimplyBe. Products, services, and tickets to events or workshops in exchange for donations made to the US border crisis and children being separated from their families. In a week’s time, Jessica raised over $10,000. With her leadership, SimplyBe. has grown a large community (11k followers on Instagram): people who trust, respect, and admire SimplyBe.’s initiatives and look forward to added value on a daily basis.

She is currently writing her first book, Be. A No-Bullshit Guide to Creating Self-Worth and Net-Worth Just by Being Yourself. Jessica is an outstanding leader and entrepreneur dedicated to inspiring people to simply be true (and you).

Provide a brief biography of the nominated entrepreneur (up to 125 words):

Jessica Zweig is the CEO of SimplyBe. Agency, a premiere personal branding firm based in Chicago, serving clients across the globe. She was named one of the Top Digital Marketers to Watch in 2017 by INC. and a Top Entrepreneur to Follow on Social Media by the Chicago Tribune.

A serial entrepreneur, she founded CheekyChicago.com, Chicago’s leading lifestyle magazine for women for seven years strong, reaching 100,000 readers locally and partnered with over 100 national brand clients. She took that experience and formed the future of digital marketing: SimplyBe.

Jessica is on a mission to debunk the perception that personal branding is an act of vanity. According to Jessica, when done right, personal branding is an act of service and investment in others.