As a small business owner, you need to stay on top of the current trends and news going on in the small business world. Not only that, if you've got a social media presence, you need to reach out to influencers to help spread the word about your company. Twitter has become an invaluable resource for learning from and connecting to influential people in a space. I've compiled a list of some of the most important thought leaders in the world of small business, I highly recommend you follow these small business influencers. ANITA CAMPBELL Anita Campbell is one of the predominant thinkers in the space. Her site Small Business Trends covers everything from economy forecasts to home office decoration. Definitely recommend following her. Twitter: @smallbiztrends "Tweets from the Small Business Trends community and its CEO, Anita Campbell. Also, CEO of BizSugar. A Forbes Top Influential Woman for Entrepreneurs." GENE MARKS Gene Marks is a writer that covers small business for the Washington Post and a dozen or so other publications. His thoughts are more news based, giving you the facts you need to run your small business. Twitter: @genemarks "I'm a CPA and business owner who writes every day on small business public policy for the Washington Post and weekly for Forbes, Inc, HuffPo, Entrepreneur." CAROL ROTH Another news personality, she covers small business and entrepreneurship. Her tweets are more personal than the others and she offers some great insights into the world of small business. Twitter: @caroljsroth "I Make People Think, Make Them Laugh & Make Them Money. CNBC (TV), Entrepreneur, Small Biz Advocate, Ex-WGN Radio-Raised $1 Billion+ & Have My Own Action Figure." RIEVA LESONSKY If you want to see how to become influential on twitter, follow her and watch what she does. She's very involved in the twitter community and runs a lot of small business discussions. Twitter: @Rieva "CEO GrowBiz Media & SmallBizDaily.com. Small business advocate, journalist, best-selling author. Former editorial director of Entrepreneur magazine (20+ yrs)." STEVE STRAUSS Steve is involved in everything that has to do with small business and entrepreneurship, you'll see him hosting panels, interviewing CEO's and giving great advice, he also shares a lot of valuable articles from other sources as well. Twitter: @SteveStrauss "Senior USATODAY small biz columnist & spokesperson. Check out my new book, Planet Entrepreneur. More at theselfemployed & Small Business with Steve Strauss" BRIAN MORAN Another writer, he frequently posts about entrepreneurship, small business, and sports. Twitter: @brianmoran "Helping entrepreneurs & marketers navigate the small-to-midsize business marketplace. Ex-WSJ, Inc. &Entrepreneur." BROCK BLAKE CEO of Lendio, Brock posts articles from here and other small business news areas. If you want to know about small business loans and how to get them, this is the guy to follow. Twitter: @BrockBlake "Founder / CEO of Lendio (small business loans), Serial entrepreneur, Husband, Father of 4, Mormon, and avid BYU sports fan." BARBARA WELTMAN Barbara Weltman covers more of the fine details of running a small business. Whether it be paperwork or employee healthcare, she's always posting something worth reading. Twitter: @BarbaraWeltman "Trusted #Smallbusiness Advocate, Author Tax Law Specialist, Publisher of Big Ideas for Small Business® + Idea of the Day® RebelMouse" You can also follow me for more insights at @eriklarson77. We've compiled these people into a twitter list you can easily follow and subscribe to. Know anybody else you think should be on the list? Leave it in the comments below!