Provides Three Scholarships to Atlanta Spark and Hustle Conference

By Maria Peagler

Jul 20
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  • is providing three scholarships to Tory Johnson’s Atlanta Spark and Hustle conference, July 21-23, enabling potential and current women small business owners to attend.
  • Maria Peagler, founder of, will present How to Build a Following on Twitter at the conference Thursday afternoon at the Cobb Galleria.
  • Spark and Hustle is Good Morning America correspondent Tory Johnson’s three-day conference for­ women small business owners. The first Spark and Hustle conference was held in Atlanta in 2010. The 2011 schedule included a national tour of eight stops, with Atlanta being the last. The conferences average 200 attendees.
  • Peagler earned the Spark and Hustle speaking opportunity by winning Johnson’s Facebook call for audition videos. She submitted a video about how she promoted her self-published book to Amazon’s top ten using social media after her marketing budget disappeared in the recession.

  • Peagler, a graduate of the Henry Grady College of Journalism from the University of Georgia, has published eight books, and won awards from the Society of Technical Communication and a Benjamin Franklin award for one of the best books of 2010. She has more than 20 years of experience in technology training.
  • was founded in 2010 and focuses on how small businesses can effectively use social media. The site offers self-paced courses on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, WordPress, and other social media platforms. Visit for more information.

Quotes from Maria Peagler

  • “As the founder of a startup that focuses on education, I’m proud to be providing three scholarships for women to attend Spark and Hustle.”
  • “Spark & Hustle provides a unique intimate setting with the opportunity to have one-on-one time with session presenters and ask their advice.”
  • “Social media provides low-cost, high-impact marketing perfect for recessionary times when entrepreneurs have tight budgets. However, because social media makes it so easy to spread the word, it’s essential to learn how to do it properly and present your business at its best.”


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Founder of, Benjamin Franklin award-winner for independent publishing, award winning author of eight books, wife, mom, quilter and watercolor artist.

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