SBA Southeast Celebrates Women's Small Business Month

SBA Southeastern Regional Update for Entrepreneurs


October 2020

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Women's Small Business Month

Welcome New Women's Business Centers Across SBA's Southeastern Region

Alcorn WBC

      Alcorn, Mississippi

Columbia College WBC

      Columbia, South Carolina

Greenville, South Carolina

     Greenville, South Carolina

Five other recently certified Women Business Centers are located in Baltimore & Salisbury, Maryland; Charleston & Fairmount, West Virginia; and Los Angeles, California.

For more information on SBA resources for woman-owned small businesses find your nearest Women’s Business Center, Please visit here.

PPP and Nordberg

Dan Nordberg, Director of Rural Affairs and Regional Administrator for the Rocky Mountain Region of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) launches a Southeast Regional Rural Tour.


Nordberg will be visiting small businesses and meeting with local representatives, including local USDA Rural Development representatives.

He will be listening to the challenges faced by rural entrepreneurs and also highlighting successes that small businesses have experienced, such as job retention, through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).

As a part of his tour, Nordberg will be visiting rural areas of Georgia, Tennessee, South Carolina, and North Carolina. In Tennessee, he will visit Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge in Sevier County, Tennessee. For more information on this tour, please contact 

Local News From Your

SBA District Office

Tom Todt

Alabama District Office

Thomas (Tom) Todt, District Director

In honor of National Women’s Small Business Month, the Alabama District Office celebrates Rhonda Allen, owner of Premier Physical Therapy. Even during a Pandemic, this small business has managed to keep its doors open and serve clientele who require their services daily.  We salute you Premier Physical Therapy!

Physical Therapist

Financial Therapy in Time of Need

Rhonda Allen started as a Marketing Director for a Physical Therapist, when one day she was presented with an opportunity that completely changed the trajectory of her career.

Because of her hard work, dedication, and a knack for management, she was offered the opportunity to purchase the existing physical therapy business from the owner.

She jumped at the opportunity, changed the name, and Premier Physical Therapy was born in 2011.

From its beginning the business has thrived and has overcome many obstacles, but nothing quite like COVID-19.                                             

Read their story.....

(Pictured above: Rhonda Allen, owner of Premier Physical Therapy & Deven McCary)

Laketa Henderson

North Florida District Office

Laketa Henderson, Acting District Director

Attention:  SBA Lenders,7(a) Lenders, Certified Development Companies (CDCs) Interested in Exporting:

Virtual SBA Training for Lenders on SBA Export Loans and SOP 50 10 6

Wednesday, November 4, 2020 11:00am EST  to 12:00pm EST

Join Microsoft Teams Meeting    OR 1-202-765-1264  Conference ID: 422 470 510#

Join the NFDO, Lender Relations Specialist, Rosalind Bryant and Lead Export Finance Manager, Central & Northern Florida Sandro Murtas for information regarding SBA Export Loan Programs and updates on the new SOP 50 10 6.

Please confirm your assistance and attendance by email at: or

Victoria Guerrera

South Florida District Office

Victoria Guerrero, District Director

In honor of National Women’s Business Month, The SBA South Florida District is recognizing two of our 2020 National Small Business Week award winners: The Florida Women’s Business Center and Stacie Miller, owner of Sen Communications, for being named The Women’s Business Center of the Year and Woman-owned Small Business Person of the Year, respectively.

Victoria Hughes

2020 Women’s Business Center of the Year for Region IV, State of Florida and South Florida District

Victoria Hughes, Director

 The Florida Women’s Business Center (FLWBC) assists women in achieving their dreams by helping them start, run, and grow successful businesses, regardless of social or financial disadvantage, race, ethnicity, or business background.  The Center recognizes that woman-owned businesses are a critical component to our nation’s economic viability and a necessary cornerstone in the foundation to building Florida's future.  The Center focuses on helping women overcome barriers to success but is keenly attuned to supporting growth that builds businesses, uplifts communities via employing people, and increasing revenue while maximizing profits.  From concept to profitability, the FLWBC is here to counsel, teach, encourage, and inspire.  Although services are available to all persons, FLWBC is committed to attracting and serving women.

Stacie Miller

2020 South Florida District Women-owned Small Business of the Year

Stacie Miller, Owner

Thirty years ago, SenCommunications was founded by Stacie Miller’s parents who took a chance to start a business with no previous business experience.  They built a company that sells headsets and phone sets to Fortune 500 companies.  Through the years they incorporated repair services and the sale of refurbished equipment to their offerings.  Stacie started working with her parents shortly after graduating from college and in 2018 she bought their shares, becoming the majority owner of SenCommunications, Inc. and sharing ownership with her children, keeping it a family-owned business. 

SenCommunications entered the federal marketplace four years ago and they sell to 10 federal agencies across the nation.  Today the company is WBENC, WOSB and HUBZone certified, adding strength to their marketing strategies.  Sencommunication’s financial strength comes from their ability to keep a diverse portfolio of clients with 60% corporate accounts, many from Fortune 500 companies and 40% federal and local government contracts.  The estimated combined revenue of the company in 2019 was $15.3 million.

Terri Denison

Georgia District Office

Terri L. Denison, District Director

SBA Administrator Carranza visits Savannah PPP Recipients

On September 25, SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza visited PPP loan recipients in Savannah, Georgia, and toured the Port of Savannah.

Among the small businesses was Progressive Wound Care, which offers advanced biomaterials that dramatically improve the performance of wound dressings, and Ad Specialty Services, which successfully pivoted during the pandemic to provide branded PPE products.

The Administrator was joined by Rep. Buddy Carter (Georgia 1st District) during the visit to hear from small business owners how SBA and the administration can best service them.

Administrator Carranza tours Ad Specialty Services, owned by founder and president Diana Morrison (left),

Administrator Carranza tours Ad Specialty Services, owned by founder and president Diana Morrison (left), during her visit to Savannah on Sept. 25. When the pandemic began, PPP recipient Ad Specialty Services pivoted to selling branded PPE products such as masks, sanitizers, and COVID-19 instructional signage. Georgia 1st District Rep. Buddy Carter (middle) joined Administrator Carranza during her visit.

Administrator Carranza and Rep. Buddy Carter

Administrator Carranza and Rep. Buddy Carter (second from left) are joined by Georgia Ports Authority leadership during a visit to the Port of Savannah, which contains the fourth busiest container handling facility in the United States. During the first five months of 2020, the Port of Savannah moved the highest number of export containers of any U.S. port. The Port of Savannah supports 42,000 jobs in the Savannah area including those with small businesses.

Robert Coffey

Kentucky District Office

Robert Coffey, District Director

Highlighting National Women’s Small Business Month   

Resources & Successes - During October, SBA is highlighting National Women’s Small Business Month. But do you know how many different resources SBA has for women-owned businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs? You might be surprised.

SBA has an Office of Women’s Business Ownership. The OWBO mission is to “enable and empower women entrepreneurs through advocacy, outreach, education and support.”

That mission is accomplished through business education programs, counseling services, contracting opportunities and access to capital. Those activities often happen through SBA Women’s Business Centers. The WBCs focus on women who are economically and socially disadvantaged. Click here to find the WBC closest to you.

Other resources available to women-owned small businesses include federal contracting opportunities; 8(a) business development program for socially and economically disadvantaged small businesses; and, additional no-fee counseling services from other SBA resource partners: SCORE, the Small Business Development Centers and Veterans Business Outreach Centers.

Here are just a few examples of the numerous women-owned small business success stories in Kentucky:


Mavis Linnemann-Clark  Delish Dish/Made by Mavis

Rhonda Hatfield              Blue Halo Med Spa

Nancy Bailey                   Bailey Safety, Inc.

Angie Yu                         Two Rivers Fisheries, Inc.

Debra Dudley                  Oscarware, Inc.

Robyn Stuart                   DB Bourbon Candy

More information on women-owned small business programs and services is available at this SBA link.

(Pictured: SBA 2020 Kentucky Small Business Person of the Year Mavis Linnemann-Clark accepts her award from District Director Robert Coffey.)

Janita Stewart

Mississippi District Office

Janita Stewart, District Director


SBA Celebrates Women Empowerment and Entrepreneurship with Opening of Mississippi Women’s Business Center

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The SBA’s WBCs are a national network of over 100 centers, offering one-on-one counseling, training, networking, workshops, technical assistance, and mentoring to women entrepreneurs on numerous business development topics, including business startup, financial management, and procurement.

Read News Release Here.


Thomas Stith

North Carolina District Office

Thomas A. Stith, III, District Director

Taylore Woods, CEO of Ashtae Products Inc. in Greensboro, N.C. was recently recognized as the SBA 2020 Southeast Region Young Entrepreneur of the Year.  She received her award during a virtual ceremony held as part of the SBA’s 2020 N.C. Small Business Week.

Originally the brainchild of husband-and-wife team Michael and Ramona Woods, the multi-cultural hair care business, Ashtae Products has continued to flourish since Taylore was named CEO of the company in late 2019.

Taylore grew up in the family business and had learned many life lessons along the way.  Hard work, dedication, and co-operation to name a few.  Yet, taking over the reins from her parents in her 20’s was pretty exciting.

To start her new role as CEO, Taylore left her career at Facebook and took a pay cut.  However, the knowledge and technological expertise she brought with her revolutionized Ashtae's marketing, accounting, distribution, and day-to-day operations.

In addition to running the family business, Taylore is also the owner of a property management company and has a modeling career.

Ashtae Products CEO Taylore Woods poses with her award following her acceptance speech as the 2020 Southeast Region Young Entrepreneur of the Year.

Ashtae Products CEO Taylore Woods poses with her award following her acceptance speech as the 2020 Southeast Region Young Entrepreneur of the Year.

Richard White

 South Carolina District Office

Richard "Gregg" White, District Director

In honor of National Women’s Small Business Month, the SBA South Carolina District Office would like to recognize the impact women-owned businesses have had on the state of South Carolina. Women-owned business are responsible for creating an average of 6.5 jobs per business within the state, and are a significant factor of economic growth in South Carolina.

SBA recognizes the importance of supporting female entrepreneurs, and provides many resources for federal contracting, access to capital, and counseling assistance. To learn more about how SBA assists women entrepreneurs, visit For SBA resources in South Carolina, visit We also encourage you to listen to a recent interview from our office with the South Carolina Business Review, which discusses the grand openings of the two new Women’s Business Centers in South Carolina. 

Thank you for valuable contribution to the state’s economy, and please do not hesitate to contact our office at 803-765-5377 if you may have any questions about the resources that are available to you!

LaTanya Channel

Tennessee District Office

LaTanya Channel, District Director

Tennessee District Office (TNDO) extends Pandemic Recovery Efforts for Small Businesses

As small businesses continue to struggle in their recovery, the SBA Tennessee District Office extends its efforts with assisting entrepreneurs with providing webinars and training on the latest updates for EIDL and PPP forgiveness.  Tune in to our “Get the Facts on PPP and EIDL” weekly on Mondays. To join us live, please visit here.  

For small businesses that were declined for an EIDL, we hold biweekly webinars on EIDL Reconsideration. These sessions provide explanations on decline reasons and what is needed for reconsideration. Next session occurs on October 28, 2020. To register, go here.

Stay tuned for communications on future events that will provide information and training to enable Tennessee small businesses to success in this new normal. For more information, check the Tennessee District Office website and follow us on Twitter at @SBA_Tennessee.


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