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Ray Sidney-Smith

Ray Sidney-Smith is a perennial Small Business evangelist, working tirelessly to help small businesses launch, grow, and succeed in the marketplace each and every day.

Ray is the President of W3 Consulting, Inc., a consultancy providing small businesses throughout the United States with practical approaches to business development and management/operations using Web, mobile, social and digital technologies. We provide Social Media content production and support for Small Business. W3 Consulting has three subsidiaries:

  1. W3C Web Services, an affordable Web, WordPress, domain name, SSL certificate, and email hosting service for Small Business,
  2. W3Publishing, a publishing house designed to help Small Business thought leaders and industry experts increase their marketing reach through assistance in writing, editing, publishing, and marketing their eBooks, print books, and audio books.
  3. Small Business Blog Network, a new local/regional blog and podcast network for Small Business by Small Business. We hope to grow this to over 300+ blogs and podcasts across the United States.

W3 Consulting has offices in Arlington, VA (just outside Washington, DC), Pittsburgh, PA, and New York, NY.

As a Digital Business Strategist, Google Small Business Advisor, Evernote Certified Consultant, LinkedIn Certified Expert, and Hootsuite Global Brand Ambassador, Ray is often hired or invited by economic development authorities, chambers of commerce, small business development centers, convention and visitors associations, and small business advocacy & support organizations to speak to SMB audiences and conduct strategy sessions with small business owners on a myriad of management, Web, Mobile & Social Media topics.

Ray is the author of SoLoMo Success: Social Media, Local and Mobile Marketing Small Business Strategy Explained (available through Amazon in Kindle and paperback; the second edition will be out in the first quarter of 2017, including an audio edition through He is also preparing to publish his next two books and online courses in 2017, Google Your Small Business and Evernote for Business, which shows businesses why and how to successfully market and manage their entire company using either Google’s over 500 products and integrations, or Evernote, the powerful note-taking software and its many app partners. If all goes well, he’ll also be publishing Operating on Open Source: A Small Business Guide to Free, Open Source Software in 2017.

His work has focused over the past 18 years in the legal (i.e., Estate Planning, Business Formation, and ERISA STD/LTD), Small Business start-up, and management fields. As a serial entrepreneur bootstrapping his own legal, business and real estate ventures, he has owned several businesses, most notably a real estate title, escrow, and settlement agency (and its subsidiary qualified intermediary (i.e., IRS Sec. 1031 / tax-deferred exchange) agency) across three states for a decade. Through advising countless organizations and business owners, founding a national nonprofit dedicated to supporting and nurturing young, American small business entrepreneurship, and sitting on the board of technology start-ups, Ray has developed a keen sense for what factors determine successful outcomes in business management and technology implementations.

In his spare time, Ray has been organizing the two largest productivity MeetupTM groups in the United States (in DC and NYC) based on Getting Things Done by David Allen over the past eight years. Ray uses his education and passion for psychology, cognitive neuroscience, and time, task, team, and project management, in coaching professionals to learn about the personal productivity methodology and support them at different stages of their Getting Things Done® (GTD®) implementation. He holds quarterly productivity workshops, hosts and facilitates Productivity Book Group podcast, and produces ProdPod, the podcast of productivity lessons in two minutes or less. He also hosts #ProdChat, the weekly #productivity conversation, on Twitter.

You can connect with Ray here, and his productivity blog.

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