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Maria Elena Duron


A brand relationship and small business marketing coach and a premier partner presenter. Maria Elena Duron specializes in creating community, connection and commerce around your brand. She helps high performing entrepreneurs and small business owners with their brand online and offline, leverage their expertise and connections and generate “the talk that yields profits”.

Maria is a speaker for the Grow with Google partner program; helping businesses profitably harness their personal brand, content, and referral marketing. Her wide range of clients includes hotels, restaurants, inventors, authors, and web series creators.

  • 17+ years of practical experience in online and offline connections and developing brand communities including founding one of the Top 10 Twitter chats in the world

  • Serves as a skilled catalyst for positive conversation around your brand.

  • Delivers great brand recognition to clients and their positioning as industry experts

  • Through a partnership, provides Appreciation at Work and Appreciation in Business workshops to passionate professionals and executives.

Maria is a guest lecturer at the University of Texas SBDC, editor-in-chief of the award winning Personal Branding Blog, and a contributing columnist for publications like Business Insider, American Business Journal, Fox Business, US News & World Report, Entrepreneur, The Huffington Post, and The Young Entrepreneurs Council. Maria was awarded the Texas Governor’s Excellence in Small Business Award and is the founder of #brandchat, a recognized online chat focused on marketing and branding. She earned her B.B.A. in marketing from Texas Tech University and graduate work at Cornell University, University of California in Davis, and University of Phoenix.



Speaking References

Kim Walker   Owner - 5 Stones Media

Kim Walker

Owner - 5 Stones Media

"Maria Elena has been a wealth of knowledge and helpful on the spot. Her eagerness to be of assistance has been a breath of fresh air. Many people claim to be experts at certain things and Maria Elena truly is a wealth of valuable information. I highly recommend her!"

Rachel Stone   Midland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Rachel Stone

Midland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

“An expert in her field of work. We have hired her on several occasions and each time she has exceeded our expectations. Her presentations make you get out of your comfort zone and give you the confidence to implement your ideas.”

John B. Love   Texas Municipal League

John B. Love

Texas Municipal League

“If you are trying to grow your business, Maria is a wonderful resource to have in your corner. I’m still amazed at the wealth of knowledge that she has. Do your self a favor… hire Maria!”




  • Get Your Business Online – Small Business Expo (Houston, Dallas)

  • Get Your Business Online – Google (Galveston, Santa Cruz, Tucson)

  • Massachusetts Conference for Women

  • Texas Conference for Women

  • Association for Energy Service Companies National Conference

  • National Association for Catering and Event Planners Conference

  • InnoTech International Conference

  • Search Marketing Expo – Search Engine Journal

  • National Society for Hispanic MBAs

  • Ben E. Keith National Franchise Conference

  • International Association of Administrative Professionals

  • Texas Governor’s Summit



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