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Local contractor featured in new SBA-Dell video series

Mary Tappouni, CEO of Breaking Ground Construction of Jacksonville, Fla., is one of

Mary Tappouni

Mary Tappouni

11 small business owners featured in a new online video series designed to help small businesses grow. The videos are being produced by a collaboration between the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and Dell, and their focus is to help small business owners rebound from the economic recession and put themselves in a position to expand and create jobs.

“Strategies for Growth: Advice for Expanding Your Business” includes real-world insight, solutions and advice from small business owners who’ve succeeded, in good and bad economic times. Additionally, the series draws on the expertise of counselors, policy makers, and others for accessing resources and tools available to small business owners.

“Some of the best advice a small business owner can get is from other small business owners who’ve been in their shoes,” SBA Administrator Karen G. Mills said.  “They’ve dealt with the day-to-day challenges and found ways that worked for them to meet those challenges, pursue their life’s dream and grow their business.  This video series brings those real-life experiences together, along with information on other valuable resources and opportunities, in a way that will help other small business owners chart their own path to success.”

The Strategies for Growth partnership with Dell was announced at a National Press Club luncheon where Administrator Mills discussed the outlook for small business and the economy in the coming year, including the Administration’s efforts to boost the small business sector and to drive economic recovery through public-private partnerships.

Joining Administrator Mills for the announcement was Dell’s Vice President of Government Affairs Becca Gould.

“For Dell, partnering with groups like the SBA to share solutions for success is a significant way we support small businesses,” said Becca Gould.

The video series highlights key topics that engage small business owners in issues critical to small business growth, including planning for growth, government contracting, team building, Marketing, technology, exporting opportunities, and disaster recovery. Also featured is a profiles of success segment that spotlights two successful entrepreneurs.

The series features a range of growing small businesses from across the country, including a design firm, a vegetarian restaurant and bakery, and a green construction company. They are:

• Mary Tappouni, Breaking Ground Construction of Jacksonville, Fla.

• Grace Dittmar, Trusted Mission Solutions of McLean, Va.

• Warren Brown, CakeLove of Washington, D.C.

• Don Matzkin and Anthony Bracali, Friday Architects of Philadelphia, Pa.

• Juan and Luis Yépez, Mainstream Global of Lawrence, Mass.

• Ann-Marie Harrington, Embolden of Pawtucket, R.I.

• Laurie Benson, Inacom of Madison, Wis.

• Bryan Vulcan, FourFront Design of Rapid City, S.D.

• Avinash Rachmale, Lakeshore Engineering of Detroit, Mich.

• Jenna Sellmeyer and Jennifer Fogg, ASSET Group of Oklahoma City, Okla., and

• Jesus & Luisa Mendoza, Mr. Natural of Austin, Texas Andrew Kruse, Southwest Windpower of Flagstaff, Ariz.

The SBA provides free small business counseling and training through a variety of programs, services and resource partners, located throughout country. 

Each of the business owners featured in Strategies for Growth benefited from a variety of training and resource tools offered by the SBA.

Strategies for Growth is available on the SBA’s Web site at www.sba.gov and at the SBA’s YouTube channel at www.YouTube.com/sba. Each topic is indexed by subject and includes additional resources for entrepreneurs.


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