June 23, 2020 – Small Business for America’s Future

June 23, 2020 – Small Business for America’s Future

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Small Business for America’s Future (formerly Businesses for Responsible Tax Reform) is a national coalition of business owners and leaders working to provide small businesses a voice at every level of government. They’re committed to ensuring policymakers prioritize Main Street by advancing an economic framework that works for small businesses and their employees

Anne Zimmerman, CPA – Co-chair of Small Business for America’s Future and Founder & Owner,  Zimmerman & Co CPAs Inc.

3.3 million small businesses have already closed for good. Black
and minority owned business are carrying the brunt of that. They
are disproportionally affected. 

Anne Zimmerman is the Founder and Owner of Zimmerman & Co CPAs Inc., a public accounting firm with offices in Cincinnati and Cleveland. Since the mid-1980s, she has provided financial and tax services to small businesses and individuals and acts as the offsite CFO for many businesses. Ms. Zimmerman has also co-founded and sold a number of businesses, including a large IT cloud company in 2017. Ms. Zimmerman serves as treasurer on the Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, and as the pro-bono director of services for many non-profit entities. Ms. Zimmerman earned her CPA designation in 1986, being awarded The Elijah Watt Sells Award for achieving one of the highest CPA exam scores in the country. With degrees in both business management and accounting from the University of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky University, respectively, she is a member of many professional accounting organizations.

Frank Knapp Jr. – Co-chair of Small Business for America’s Future and President & CEO, SC Small Business Chamber of Commerce

A SBAF survey concluded that most business owners do not think government has done a good job to Covid. The majority of small
businesses did not get any type of financial assistance. 

Frank Knapp co-founded the SC Small Business Chamber of Commerce in 2000. He serves as the President and CEO of the 5,000+ member advocacy organization that has taken a leadership role in making South Carolina more small business friendly in areas such as taxation, regulation, worker training, Workers Compensation Insurance, utility costs, health insurance, energy/conservation and economic development. Mr. Knapp serves on the Advisory Board for the South Carolina Small Business Development Center and was recognized by the Small Business Administration as the 2014 South Carolina Small Business Financing Advocate of the Year. Mr. Knapp is also the president of The Knapp Agency, a full-service advertising/public relations firm he founded in 1991 in Columbia, SC.

Shaundell Newsome – Co-chair of Small Business for America’s Future and Visionary & Founder, Sumnu Marketing

Loyal customers lead to constant cash flow. That is the way you
stay in business is to have loyal customers that give you
constant cash flow.

Shaundell Newsome became an entrepreneur at the age of 14 while attending the High School of Graphic Communication Arts in Manhattan when he started a graphic design company creating tape covers, invitations and fliers for events. In 2006, he founded Newsome Marketing Enterprises in Nevada to serve small businesses. Two years later, the Small Business Administration recognized Mr. Newsome as Nevada Small Business Champion of the Year. Today, Mr. Newsome is the Visionary and Founder of Sumnu Marketing, which was SBA Nevada Family Owned Business of the Year 2015. Mr. Newsome successfully transitioned his daughter, Tiara Flynn, an Air Force veteran and the firm’s first intern, into the role of firm’s principal owner and CEO, allowing him to focus on mentoring and championing small business owners nationally. Mr. Newsome is an Air force veteran and author of The Twelve Steps of Marketing, A Perfect Guide to Branding. Mr. Newsome is an instructor for the SBA Boots to Business program and Nevada SBDC NxLevel for Entrepreneurs. He is Chairman of the Board for the Urban Chamber of Commerce Las Vegas and an Advisory Board member of the Nevada SBDC.