Cindy Edelstein has been voted a Community Choice honoree in the 2012 Small Business Influencer Awards. Edelstein achieved the designation as the result of receiving top votes in the popular voting segment of the Awards, from the small business community. Edelstein was one of the top five popular vote getters, out of more than 300 nominees, in the category of Experts.

The Small Business Influencer Awards honor those who are influential to small businesses in North America, through the products, services, knowledge, information or support they provide to the small business market.

Edelstein was the only person from the fine jewelry industry nominated and was among a wide field that included New York Times best-selling authors and other seven-figure experts who come from much broader business fields than Cindy who specializes in the designer sector of the fine jewelry business. This makes her win even more impressive considering the width and depth of the competition.

The Awards are designed to recognize the unsung heroes of small businesses - those who support and encourage entrepreneurs and small business owners, and help them achieve success and stay successful, said the event organizers.

The Community Choice designation recognizes those whose communities have supported them with top votes.

There were more than 2000 votes for Edelstein, who's social media handle is JewelryBizGuru, during the contest and she also racked up one of the highest amount of Facebook likes, tweets, comments and testimonials. Here is a sampling of what her community had to say: Robert Lee Morris, designer: “Cindy is a natural born leader and enabler. Her emotional intelligence soars off the charts as witnessed by how many people have been supported by her alone, on a gut personal level. She has already won this accolade many times over as far as I am concerned.”

Peggy Jo Donahue, Manufacturing Jewelers and Suppliers of America: “Cindy is, by far, the most passionate advocate for jewelry designers working in the U.S. market today. Her commitment is real, enduring, and long standing. I have been an admirer for as long as she has been in business. She deserves this award, and many others.”

Jennifer Dawes of Dawes Design: “Cindy has been a champion of jewelry designers in every capacity. The large household names to the small indy designers. Her passion has helped our industry in innumerable ways. She has my vote and support for anything she believes in!”