• • 30+ years of experience as a recognized authority on tax, legal, financial, and other topics that affect small business owners and entrepreneurs.
  • • Founder of Big Ideas for Small Business, Inc., a comprehensive resource center for small businesses and entrepreneurs; Publisher of “Big Ideas for Small Business®” e-newsletter and “Idea of the Day®”, which address the unique needs and interests of the small business community.
  • • Author of top-selling books including J.K. Lasser’s Small Business Taxes, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Starting a Home-Based Business, J.K. Lasser’s Guide to Self-Employment; author of an award-winning blog, and recipient of the Top 100 Small Business Influencer Award for five consecutive years.


Called “the guru of small business taxes” by The Wall Street Journal, Barbara Weltman has been working since 1977 as an attorney and small business advocate to make entrepreneurs smarter.

Barbara is a recognized authority on tax, legal, financial, and other topics that affect small business owners. She’s trusted for her judgment and insight and is a virtual mentor to thousands of entrepreneurs and small business owners.

She has been the tax and law expert for Inc.com, guest columnist for The Wall Street Journal, and U.S. News & World Report, and is currently a contributing author/blogger for various online sites, including SBA.gov, Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council, Experian, Investopedia, and Small Business Trends. She is a media commentator, featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, MSNBC’s Your Business, and others; formerly an adjunct professor at Manhattanville College.

As former host of Build Your Business Radio, she and her featured guests addressed current topics and provided business owners with practical information to help them operate successful enterprises.

Big Ideas for Small Business® is dedicated to providing small businesses with the tools they need to gain a solid foundation and future financial success. With counsel for almost every facet of entrepreneurial finance, Big Ideas for Small Business® is your source for right ideas for growing your business. Her publications, including "Idea of the Day®" & "Big Ideas for Small Business®" e-newsletter, books, columns, blog posts, and speaking engagements are geared toward making complex business information understandable for small business owners nationwide.


Barbara received her JD from Brooklyn Law School.

Quote from Barbara

"I very much enjoy making complex business information understandable for small business owners and entrepreneurs. It’s truly rewarding to be able to use my experience and knowledge to help influence business owners, especially in the technical areas of tax, legal, and finance. I value the opportunities to successfully convey what I’ve learned and help make entrepreneurs smarter!”

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