Conference | May 14–15 Chicago Users Group | May 15–16

Jay Wilkinson

Founder/CEO of Firespring and Owner of Cornerstone Print & Marketing

Jay Wilkinson is a lifelong entrepreneur. While attending college, he started numerous businesses and, in 1986, helped launch Campus Connection magazine. The business took him to New York City where the magazine grew into the country's largest college-oriented publication with a distribution of 1.2 million.

In 1992, Jay returned to Nebraska and opened an AlphaGraphics printing franchise. The business broke the first-year sales record for the 350-store network and was the fastest franchise at the time to reach $1 million in annual sales. Renamed Cornerstone Printing & Marketing in 2001, the company is listed today in the prestigious Top 100 ranking by Quick Printing magazine. The ranking recognizes the best printing operations out of more than 30,000 in North America.

In 1996, Firespring was spun off of the printing company to develop websites for local businesses. Today, Firespring provides marketing services to more than 3,000 clients on five continents—and earlier this year was named by Inc. magazine as one of the Top 50 Small Company Workplaces in America.

As a longtime small business owner, Jay understands the importance of utilizing the web as a tool to communicate and build relationships with customers. He speaks on technology and internet issues throughout the United States. Jay has appeared on CNN and other news programs to discuss how emerging technologies are shaping the future of small business. He is considered a leading authority on the impact of the web on small businesses.