Sridhara Gutti Presented Alabama’s Small Business Person of the Year Award

CEO of Essnova Solutions in Birmingham led company to exponential growth

Sridhara Gutti was recently presented Alabama’s Small Business Person of the Year award by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Gutti is president and CEO of Essnova Solutions, Inc., a Birmingham-based SBA 8(a) and HUBZone certified small business government contractor. The company provides innovative solutions in automation, systems integration, data mining, training, professional and administrative services, and other data services to government agencies and commercial clients. Gutti was notified of the honor in March, but due to COVID-19, was only recently presented the award at a ceremony in Birmingham.

Essnova has had remarkable, triple-digit growth over the past three years, serving dozens of federal agencies including the Air Force, Army, CDC, Department of Agriculture, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, FEMA, General Services Administration, National Guard, Navy, and NOAA, among others. Gutti credits the SBA’s assistance as a key contributor to Essnova’s recent success.

“I want to thank my friends and mentors who encouraged me to enter the federal market and the SBA business opportunities specialists who offered tremendous guidance,” said Gutti. “Our incredible team and the small business specialists, contracting professionals at each agency transformed how we do business and brought new opportunities for our employees.”

Moving forward, Gutti and Essnova aspire to expand relationships with large prime contractors as well as with state, local, and education (SLED) entities. The company also plans to continue to add new employees and be a home for established and rising talent.

Essnova Solutions, Inc., founded in 2005, is an ISO 9001:2015 certified growing small business offering a broad range of technology and program management support services to government and commercial customers. More information is available at

As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start, grow or expand their businesses, or recover from a declared disaster. It delivers services through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit

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