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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

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How his presidency would affect your small business

Rhonda Abrams, Special to USA TODAY
Published 10:00 a.m. ET Oct. 14, 2020

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Learning to be flexible and to pivot quickly has helped O’Brien achieve great success as a reporter and entrepreneur.

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In the three decades I’ve been advocating for small businesses, there’s never been a more challenging time for them and for the self-employed. And we’re far from out of the woods as this pandemic is not yet under control, and the economy is likely to take a long time to recover.

We’ve seen how President Donald Trump and his administration have responded to this crisis, but what would an administration headed by Joe Biden and Kamala Harris look like for small business and the self-employed?

“Day one, the focus is getting the coronavirus under control,” said Rhett Buttle, Biden for President National Business Advisor. “One in six small businesses are probably not coming back,

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business.com “Best Picks” Program Names Top Products and Services for Small Businesses

Independent editorial reviews highlight solutions that help SMBs navigate a wide array of challenges including those driven by COVID

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Best Pick selections highlight the solutions that help small business owners continue to adjust and grow in the face of COVID-19.
Best Pick selections highlight the solutions that help small business owners continue to adjust and grow in the face of COVID-19.
Best Pick selections highlight the solutions that help small business owners continue to adjust and grow in the face of COVID-19.

WALTHAM, Mass., Oct. 14, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Today business.com, a trusted source of information for small to medium-sized business looking to start, run or grow their operations, announced the formal launch of its “Best Picks” program. Driven by business.com’s extensive product reviews section, the program evaluates the industry’s best tools and services specifically designed to help small businesses grow. Reviewed and selected by a team of independent researchers, today’s newly released Best Pick selections highlight the solutions that help small business owners continue to

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Five Tips For Building A Strong Team In Your Small Business

Business Coach and developer of Chironomics, a coaching program that provides business support, strategies, and systems for Chiropractors.  

The saying, “No man is an island,” holds true in business. After all, it is impossible to do everything by yourself. The sooner you recognize this, I believe the closer you get to achieving any goal you set for your company.

That said, while two heads are always better than one, having the right two minds is imperative. Building a dynamic team, both externally and internally, is the cornerstone of any successful business. For your company to experience significant revenue, you need help. These five tips keep me on pace in my business as I continue to build my team:

1. Create a hiring plan.

You must have an effective plan of action when building your team. Onboarding new members can be a challenging process, and hiring the wrong people

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Senate to take up small business coronavirus relief

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Tuesday that he plans to bring up a bill to fund the small business loan program next week.

He said the bill will include new funding for the popular small business Paycheck Protection Program.

“There is no excuse for Democrats to keep blocking job-saving funding for the Paycheck Protection Program while other conversations continue,” Mr. McConnell, Kentucky Republican, said in a statement. “Democrats have spent months blocking policies they do not even oppose. They say anything short of their multi-trillion-dollar wish list, jammed with non-COVID-related demands, is ‘piecemeal’ and not worth doing.”

“Republicans do not agree that nothing is better than something for working families,” he added.

With Republicans having only a narrow majority in the Senate, they’d need a handful of Democrats to join them in order to overcome another filibuster on this proposal.

The last time Senate Republicans brought up coronavirus relief

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Small Business Development Center sees an increase in new business applications



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Small Business Development Center sees an increase in new business applications

AMARILLO, Texas (KFDA) -For the past four years, Tana Cox and Leslie Bigham have been traveling around pre-schools and after school programs teaching dance classes with their business Tippi Toes.

A job that has become harder due to the pandemic.

“We were not able to go into our schools, and we’re still not able to go into our schools and teach dance,” said Cox.

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Now, they’re looking into renovating their business.

“We realized that we needed to maybe expand and do something a little bit different,” said Cox. “Still have Tippi Toes but we’re also going to be opening an infant toddler center in the medical area.”

In the last four months many Amarillo residents have decided to start a new business.

“Why are you waiting? Just do it,” said Cox. “Which

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What small business owners really need from the next president

Tim Burgess came up with creative ways to keep his Charlottesville, Virginia, restaurants running after reopening in May, following a nearly two-month shutdown during the pandemic.



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He expanded outdoor seating at his two full-service restaurants, Bizou and Bang, by taking over nearby parking spaces and an empty lot next door. As the weather cooled off, he installed heaters and tents with roll-up sides. While restaurants in Virginia can now serve limited numbers of customers indoors, Burgess’ restaurants will remain outdoors-only, out of concern for his staff and customers.

But as Burgess thinks about how to keep the business afloat in the coming months: “We keep thinking of Game of Thrones — winter is coming,” he said. “We’re staring at winter, and we’re scared.”

It’s a concern shared by business owners across the country, as colder weather and the possibility of converging flu and Covid-19 outbreaks

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McConnell announces he will hold vote on small business loan bill

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced on Tuesday that Senate Republicans will attempt to move forward on a “targeted” coronavirus relief bill when the Senate returns to session next week — a sign that prospects for broad stimulus agreement have all but faded before Election Day.



a man wearing glasses and a suit and tie: WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 16: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) arrives for a Republican senate luncheon in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill September 16, 2020 in Washington, DC. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) told Democratic members of the House that they would not break before the November elections unless Congress funded an additional round of stimulus to aid the economy during the novel coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)


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WASHINGTON, DC – SEPTEMBER 16: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) arrives for a Republican senate luncheon in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill September 16, 2020 in Washington, DC. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) told Democratic members of the House that they would not break before the November elections unless Congress funded an additional round of stimulus to aid the economy during the novel coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

“Republicans do not agree that nothing is better than something for working families,” McConnell said in a statement referencing the small business loan Paycheck Protection

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American Express to Host Ninth Annual “Business Class LIVE: Summit for Success” for Small Businesses


For more than 60 years, American Express (NYSE: AXP) has been committed to supporting the small business community. American Express is continuing that commitment with a unique virtual experience, bringing resilient entrepreneurs together from coast to coast for “Business Class LIVE: Summit for Success” on October 20, 2020. While the Summit is typically held in-person, this year American Express has built a fully immersive, proprietary Amex Virtual Campus to host the day-long experience for thousands of small businesses. The Summit aims to address small business owners’ needs by providing networking, resources, and tools to help them navigate challenging times and continue on a path towards growth — all at no cost to attendees. The Summit will also host several sessions dedicated to supporting the specific needs of minority-owned businesses.

This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20201013005312/en/

The Amex Virtual Campus – Conservatory (Photo: Business Wire)

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Comcast Offers Thousands of Grants, Equipment, Marketing and Technology Resources to Small Businesses Hardest Hit by COVID-19

Comcast RISE Initiative Provides Small Businesses with Free Marketing Insights and Opportunities to Apply for Media, Technology Upgrades and Grants Up To $10,000

Black-Owned Small Businesses, Those Impacted Most by the Pandemic, are the First Eligible Applicants for Comcast RISE Resources and Grants.

Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ: CMCSA) today launched Comcast RISE, an initiative created to help strengthen and empower small businesses hard hit by COVID-19. The Comcast RISE program will help thousands of small businesses over the next three years. The multi-faceted program offers grants, marketing and technology upgrades, including media campaigns and connectivity, computer and voice equipment, as well as free marketing insights to all applicants.

U.S. small businesses have been particularly hard hit by the pandemic. A recent study from the National Bureau of Economic Research found that the number of U.S. active business owners dropped from 15 million to 11.7 million from February to April. The study

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