May 15, 2022

Succession Stories Podcast Wins Communicator Excellence Award

The Award-Winning Succession Stories Podcast Aims to Educate Entrepreneurs From Transition to Transaction

The Succession Stories Podcast, hosted by Laurie Barkman, a business transition and M&A advisor, has just been announced as one of the winners of the 28th Annual Communicator Awards.

With over 4,000 entries received from across the US and around the world, the 28th Annual Communicator Awards is the largest and most competitive awards program honoring creative excellence for strategic, effective, and meaningful communication.

The Succession Stories Podcast was selected by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts with a Communicator Award for Audio & Podcasts Excellence. Winners who received the competition’s highest honor, the Award of Excellence, include The Economist, Munchkin Inc., Optum, Yahoo, and many more. Please visit to view the full winners list.

“Coming in as the new managing director of the AIVA, I was thrilled to be greeted by such a high level of creativity amongst the submissions for the 28th season of The Communicator Awards,” said new AIVA managing director Lauren Angeloni. “I want to congratulate all of the honorees for their well-deserved wins.”

Hosted by Laurie Barkman, the Business Transition Sherpa, and founder of SmallDotBig, Succession Stories provides thought leadership content to guide business owners, entrepreneurs, and family businesses from transition to transaction, from building value in your business to letting go. “Winning a Communicator Excellence Award is a wonderful recognition for the show,” said Barkman. “I launched the Succession Stories Podcast to serve as a virtual advisor to entrepreneurs blending peer-to-peer storytelling with insightful expertise discussions. This award recognizes the value we provide to listeners on their entrepreneurial journey.”

About SmallDotBig:

SmallDotBig is a strategic advisory firm for owners of small to mid-size companies to maximize value, create exit succession plans, and identify M&A strategies. Founder Laurie Barkman represents clients from emerging entrepreneurial companies to family-owned and mature multi-location businesses across the US in a wide variety of industries including Services, Technology, Retail, Industrial, and Logistics.

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About The Communicator Awards:
The Communicator Awards is the leading international awards program honoring creative excellence for marketing and communications professionals. Founded by passionate communications professionals over two decades ago, The Communicator Awards is an annual competition honoring the best digital, video, podcasts, marketing, mobile, and print work the industry has to offer. The Communicator Awards is widely recognized as one of the largest and most coveted awards of its kind in the world. The Communicator Awards are judged and curated by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts (AIVA). The AIVA is an assembly of leading professionals from various disciplines of the visual arts dedicated to embracing progress and the evolving nature of traditional and interactive media. Current AIVA membership represents a “Who’s Who” of acclaimed media, advertising, and marketing firms including: GE Digital, Spotify, Condè Nast, Disney, Republica, Majestyk, Fast Company, Upstatement, and many others. See for more information.

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