LKR Founder, Laura Roeder Named to Empact100 List to be Honored at the White House

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Young Entrepreneurs, Aged 30 and Under, Named to Empact100 List to be Honored at the White House

[SANTA MONICA, CA] (NOVEMBER 17, 2011) – Laura Roeder of LKR, a social media training company based in Santa Monica, CA been named to the Empact100 list of the country’s top young entrepreneurs and will be recognized at the White House in Washington, D.C. on November 17.

They will be honored for their accomplishments and positive influence on the American economy. The Empact100 list has been created by Empact, in partnership with the Kauffman Foundation, Opportunity International, Global Entrepreneurship Week, and the Startup America Partnership.

The list was announced on November 3rd and candidates were judged based solely on reported revenue. Nominations were open to U.S. based individuals or companies that fulfilled the requirements of having all founders 30 years or younger as of December 30, 2011, and reported revenue over $100,000 in 2010, or 2011 to date.

Founded in 2009 by twenty-something Laura Roeder, LKR is a homegrown, grassroots training company that delivers only the best and most up-to-date knowledge in a package that is fun and easy to consume. As a tech-focused small business training resource, they help small businesses leverage technology to remain competitive.

Laura Roeder teaches small businesses how to become well-known and claim their brand online. Laura is the creator of Creating Fame, Your Backstage Pass to Twitter and author of Facebook Fame: The Facebook Marketing Bible for The Small Business.

For more information on LKR and Laura Roeder, visit, or Laura’s youtube channel,

Both the success of LKR and the Empact100 list are testament to the impact young entrepreneurs have on the American economy. The 100 companies on the list are responsible for contributing over 2,500 jobs and over $374 million in revenue. More information about the demographics of the awardees can be seen on these infographics.

The event will provide each Empact100 list member the opportunity to pledge their mentorship and wealth to the field of entrepreneurship, which will support Empact & Opportunity International’s Future of Entrepreneurship Pledge movement. Also, they will be challenged to fund one loan for an entrepreneur in a developing country through Opportunity International, the second largest microfinance bank in the world.

A live broadcast can be viewed at between 2:30pm and 5:00pm EST on Thursday, November 17.

The full list of Empact100 companies can be found here:

Company City State
3tailer Charlotte NC
AArrow Inc Hollywood CA
Advantage Media Group Charleston SC
AdVentures Columbia MO
Affiliate Media Inc. Irvine CA
Airsoft Megastore Irwindale CA
Alps International Detroit MI
Anaptyx Wireless Dynamics Myrtle Beach SC
Anderson Trail, Inc Fort Worth TX
Appia, Inc Durham NC
Athletic Propulsion Labs Los Angeles CA
Big Fish Hospitality Group New York NY Syracuse NY
Brightergy Kansas City MO
Brockton Creative Group Kansas City MO
BuySellAds Boston MA
CampusLIVE Boston MA
Ciplex Los Angeles CA
City of Sass Chicago IL
Coffee Joulies, LLC Sherrill NY
College Hunks Hauling Junk Tampa FL
College Scheduler LLC Chico CA
CollegeBudget Los Angeles CA
ColorJar Chicago IL
COMSTOR Outdoor, Ltd. Huntsville OH
DesiYou Irvine CA
Doostang New York NY
Educate! Boulder CO
Electric Entertainment Rockville MD
Extrabux San Diego CA
Extreme Youth Sports Inc. Tampa FL
Fabulous Coach Lines Branford FL
Faithful Investments LLC Philadelphia PA
Feverish Ice Cream Miami FL
Front Rush Lambertville NJ
GiveForward Chicago IL
Great Black Speakers Bureau Atlanta GA
greeNEWit Columbia MD
High Point Chiropractic Wellness, P.C. Syracuse NY
HillSouth Florence SC
iContact Morrisville NC
Ignighter New York NY
Innocinema LLC Wilmington NC
Involver San Francisco CA Jacksonville FL
Jolie and Elizabeth New Orleans LA
Kitchen Cabinet Kings New York NY
Leading Edge Design Group Enfield NH
LKR Santa Monica CA Philadelphia PA
Luxury Market Branding New York NY
Meathead Movers San Luis Obispo CA
Melen, LLC Little Ferry NJ
Millionaire Media, LLC New York NY
ModCloth San Francisco CA
Modify Watches Berkeley CA
Morris Mediaworks, Inc Charlottesville VA
Motycka Enterprises, LLC Boulder CO
My First Yoga Cambridge MA
myYearbook New Hope PA
Nest New York NY
Nourish International Chapel Hill NC
Novatek Communications, Inc Rochester NY
Opportunity Green Los Angeles CA
OrgSync, Inc. Dallas TX
Park Assist New York NY
Pronovost Technology Corporation Fresno CA
Proof Branding, LLC Nashville TN
Providence Holdings Bellefontaine OH
Rabbit Hole Creative Nashville TN
Reflex Edge LLC Erieville NY
REV Davison MI
Sawhorse Media New York NY Boston MA
Sky High Party Rentals, LLC Houston TX
Socialcam San Francisco CA
Sole Bicycles Los Angeles CA
Superior Global Travel & Concierge Services Boston MA
Syndio Social Chicago IL Seattle WA
Taylored Athletes Inc Boca Raton FL
TerraCycle, Inc Trenton NJ
The Guard Academy San Diego CA
The GUILD Agency Speakers Bureau & Intellectual Talent Management, Inc. New York NY
The Intersect Fund New Brunswick NJ
The Marketing Zen Group Dallas TX
The Shirt by Rochelle Behrens Washington DC
ThinkImpact Washington DC
Unigo New York NY
University Parent Media Boulder CO
Varick Media Management New York NY
Vyral Marketing Omaha NE
Warrior Energy, Inc Martinsburg WV
Washington Investment Group, LLC Philadelphia PA
Wurstküche Los Angeles CA
Ye Ole Sweet Shoppe Erie PA
YepText Culver City CA
ZAXX Technology Specialists Wisconsin Rapids WI
Zipbuds Carlsbad CA


About Empact

Formally known as Extreme Entrepreneurship Education, Empact has worked with over 400 colleges & universities, workforce development organizations, Chambers of Commerce, and Small Business Development Centers to help promote entrepreneurship among aspiring entrepreneurs. Empact aims to alleviate mental and financial poverty by empowering individuals to live with passion, purpose, and prosperity through the entrepreneurial mindset.

Learn more at

About Opportunity International

Opportunity International provides small business loans, savings, insurance and training to over two million people working their way out of poverty in the developing world. Clients in over 20 countries use these financial services to start or expand a business, provide for their families, create jobs for their neighbors and build a safety net for the future. For more information, visit or join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter.

About The Kauffman Foundation

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation is the largest foundation in the world promoting entrepreneurship. It is a private nonpartisan foundation that works to harness the power of entrepreneurship and innovation to grow economies and improve human welfare. Through its research and other initiatives, the Kauffman Foundation aims to open young people’s eyes to the possibility of entrepreneurship, promote entrepreneurship education, raise awareness of entrepreneurship-friendly policies, and find alternative pathways for the commercialization of new knowledge and technologies.

About Startup America Partnership

The Startup America Partnership was launched in January 2011 at the White House to help inspire and celebrate entrepreneurs, their firms and the people that join them. Founding board members include Steve Case (Founder of AOL), Scott Case (Founding CTO of Priceline), Carl Schramm (CEO of Kauffman Foundation), Fred Smith (Founder of Fedex), Magic Johnson (Founder of Magic Johnson Enterprises), Michael Dell (Founder of Dell), and other notable entrepreneurs.