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With SmallBizLady Academy, build a happy life, profitable business, and meaningful impact in your community. YES!

Our training helps thousands of entrepreneurs thrive in the Global Economy.

Grow a business that allows you to create your dream lifestyle. Collaborate with supportive, like-minded entrepreneurs. Learn business systems that work for you. Make more confident business decisions. Get the training you need to build a team. Make more sales. Earn more lifetime customers.

How do you know if SmallBizLady Academy is right for you?

SBL Academy is NOT

  • … For people who are not willing to learn.
  • … For people who are not coachable.
  • … For people who know everything about business.
  • … For hobbyists

SBL Academy is for you if

  • You have an idea and want to start.
  • You are serious about your business.
  • You want your business to grow.
  • You like connecting with people who get you.
  • You want to ramp up your side business full-time.
  • You believe that you are ready to scale your business.
  • You believe in the power of entrepreneurship to change your life, and the world.
  • You want to become a business coach.
  • You are willing to do the work!

Explore some of our resources

We have many free resources to help you get your feet wet; see what we’re all about.

  • Q&A Tuesday
  • Podcast
  • Blog
"One phone call with Melinda had me rethinking my entire business model. She may tell you some things you don’t want to hear, but as an expert in her field, you NEED to hear it. Throughout our coaching session, she pointed out the holes in my business and gave me solutions on how I can fix them. If you are not looking for a boost in your business, Melinda is not the business coach for you."
Kharisma Faulkner

Just some of the resources you'll get with membership:

  • Private Facebook Group
  • Public Member Directory
  • Resource Library
  • Videos
  • Community Support
  • Member Discounts

I'm Ready!

“10 years ago, when I started my business, I read Melinda Emerson’s book, Become Your Own Boss in 12 Months, and it changed my life. Her book made so much sense as I embarked on building a business. I am still in business today because of the advice and wise counsel I received.”
M. Shannon Hernandez
CEO, Joyful Business Revolution
“My experience in the Brand in Demand Group Coaching Program has been fun, useful, and motivating! The curriculum is an end-to-end, detailed overview of brand building, including strategy, tactics, best practices, and pitfalls to avoid. Working in a cohort provides additional valuable perspective and input! My takeaway from the course is a fully developed brand and launch plan with assets and knowledge to support my ongoing success is invaluable! This course is a winner.”
Monica York
CEO, Matriarch Solutions

10 Ways to Use SmallBizLady Academy
to Grow Your Business

  • Practical training from world-class instructors.
    Several times a year, SBL Academy members enjoy brand-new video training. These trainings are available in English and Spanish. The topics covered embrace everything you need to be successful, including setting up your personal brand online, creating sales funnels, email marketing, financial management, and so much more. You won’t want to miss these sessions, and you’ll have access to all of the recordings from the moment you join.
  • Become Your Own Boss: 12-month course
    If you register through the How to Start Pathway, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in monthly trainings that provide tailored instruction on everything you need to start a business, including competitive research, marketing plan, pricing strategy, business planning, and developing a launch plan. It’s an accountability program to help you stay on track to achieve your most important professional goals. For your convenience, you can attend live or watch the recording.
  • 12 Ps of Running a Successful Business:
    12-Month Accelerator. Those who register through the Ready to Scale Pathway will have the opportunity to participate in our 12-month accelerator, designed to help you examine the 12 areas of your business that could be holding back your growth. This course is perfect for business owners looking to create a turnkey operation and remove themselves as the bottleneck in their business.
  • Promotional opportunities.
    You’ll enjoy the opportunity to be featured in the SBL Buzz Newsletter and on our social media pages, which reach nearly 1 million people every week worldwide.
  • Private Facebook Community.
    Our members-only entrepreneur group features opportunities for you to engage with, learn from, and collaborate with women business owners from across North, Central, and South America. The wide-ranging discussions include insider business strategy tips and ideas and live coaching sessions with our founder and other certified SmallBizLady Coaches.
"Coaching with Melinda has been transformative to say the least! She helped me get clear on my target, business proposition, and offer. Two months later, I landed my biggest client to date and it’s just the beginning!"
Dr. Verneka Murphy
CEO, MultiMillionaire Frequency Consulting
  • We offer a supportive environment.
    We want to get to know you. You’re not an unnamed face in a crowd. We offer the kind of member-driven support that works for you and your business. We also encourage members to do business with each other and schedule virtual coffee chats to get to know each other.
  • Access to America’s #1 Small Business Expert—up close and personal.
    Since 2008, Melinda Emerson,” SmallBizLady,” has been coaching and training small business owners. She has helped hundreds of thousands of people looking to start and grow successful businesses. This membership offers opportunities to get your specific questions answered and learn from her and everyone else in our knowledgeable and supportive community.
  • A crazy low price.
    The SBL Academy is affordable to anyone who is serious about building their business. We want to empower as many women as possible, so we are launching at the founding price of $37/per month for women looking for information on how to start. More experienced business owners looking to grow and scale their businesses. $87/per month. This price will be good through the end of 2024.
  • No Risk
    If you don’t like it, you can cancel before renewal time.
  • We have a good time!
    At the SBL Academy, we believe that your business should enable you to live your best life. Revenue can solve lots of problems. Growing a business requires hard work, but that doesn’t mean it cannot also be fun. Growing yourself and making money at the same time is our definition of a good time. If you like the idea of growing your business and having a blast at the same time, you are in the right place. If you are serious about launching a brand or taking the business you have to the next level, you can’t afford to miss this opportunity.

Your business will never outgrow your ability to lead it. SmallBizLady Academy offers a supportive community and regular training on all things business, including starting a business, branding, social media selling, email marketing, and leadership development to help you grow personally and professionally and equip you to run a successful business.

Meet Melinda

Melinda F. Emerson, “SmallBizLady” is America’s #1 Small Business Expert. She is a bestselling author, keynote speaker and marketing expert.

As CEO of Quintessence Group, her marketing consulting firm serves Fortune 500 brands that target small businesses. Her advice is widely read, reaching more than 3 million entrepreneurs weekly online. She has an online school and hosts The
SmallBizChat Podcast. She is the bestselling author of Become Your Own Boss in 12 Months.


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“Melinda helped me transform my business online and we hit 7-figures after working with her.”
Sherie Hendricks
CEO, Laguna Candles
“The Brand in Demand Group Coaching Program provides a step-by-step approach to becoming a national brand. Each module builds upon the other. Melinda Emerson is your partner all along the journey, providing specific feedback and guidance based on her decades in the business. She wants to see you win and generously shares her resources, connections, and opportunities to ensure that you achieve your desired level of greatness.”
Nikki Rogers
CEO, Bladen Group

Membership Options

As a FOUNDERS MEMBER, you’ll lock in the lowest rate for as long as you maintain your membership.  

How to Start

Founders Membership

$37/month(reg $47)


Ready to Grow

Founders Membership

$87/month(reg $97)



This is an online community for women business owners who are looking to start or grow their businesses. If you are looking for predictable growth in your business and want to leverage the power of relationships, partnerships, and community to increase your influence and revenue and build a sustainable business, this is where you need to be. If you are willing to put in the work, this membership is for you!

This site is broken down into two distinct pathways: How to Start and Ready to Grow, but regardless of which path you choose, there are 6 components to the membership:

  • Monthly Webinar Training
  • Bible Verse of the Week
  • Monthly Member Roundtables
  • Exclusive Resource Center
  • Monthly Live Coaching
  • Our Private Community of Support

The site materials are being offered in English and Spanish. We also have coaches and facilitators who speak English and Spanish to work with you.

The membership officially launches in June 2024 and never ends! When you join, you’ll get access to all past trainings so that you can work through them at your own pace. You decide how long you need to be a member and can cancel anytime!

We want to make it easy for you to cancel at any time with just two clicks. Simply submit a super short cancellation form to your online account, and we’ll cancel your membership within 24 hours—no questions asked! You’ll continue to have access to all of the membership benefits for the remainder of your billing cycle but will not be charged any new payments. You also have a 30-day guarantee—if you cancel in your first month, we’ll refund any payment you’ve made. We want this to be a low-risk, high-gain opportunity.

After enrolling, you have access to the content in English or Spanish for as long as you’re a paid member. If you decide to cancel your membership, you will continue to have full access to all membership features until the end of your current billing cycle. After that, you will no longer be charged and will not have continued access to the membership content.

We could talk to you forever about the benefits of joining, but at the end of the day, you only know whether you have the time, space, or energy to add something like this to your business. We can tell you that this program is about creating a monthly injection of opportunities, leads, sales, and momentum into your business. If that sounds like something you need right now, then we’d strongly consider joining us. In the worst case, you decide it’s not for you and can bow out – no questions asked. If you figure that out within the first 30 days, you will even get your money back!

No problem! Just email us at, and we’ll take care of you!

If you have a question that hasn’t been answered on this page, email us at, and we’ll respond right away!

"Working with Melinda has taken my business from being transactional to becoming a powerhouse in food manufacturing. Scaling one’s business can be daunting. However, Melinda helped us transform our business model by taking a whole systems iterative approach that allowed us to pursue more opportunities and gain growth partners."
Toni Johnson
CEO, Dr. Brownies, The Original Plant-Based Brownie Company
“The Brand In Demand program has offered such powerful clarity to the work that I am doing, helping me take it from a service that I perform to a true business. By working with Melinda, I’ve been able to build on a more solid foundation and get new opportunities even within the first month of the program. It’s been a revelation for the future of my business, and I’m excited about the growth.”
Olivia Thomas
CEO, Wintentional Development Co.

Are you?

  • Ready to pour your heart and soul into building your brand?
  • Eager to amplify your visibility?
  • Bursting with ideas for that book you want to write?
  • Poised to transition from corporate life to consulting?
  • Yearning to take the spotlight as a professional speaker?
  • Excited to kickstart a transformative a coaching business?
  • Newbie expert with no platform.
  • Intermediate speaker or coaches who are ready to up their game and collect high fees.
  • An expert looking to garner media attention and finally get their book done.

Your journey to becoming a national brand starts here!

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