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Encouragement from family, friends and faith prompted James Sasser to turn his dream of entrepreneurship into a reality. That dream birthed GovStrive, a HUBZone certified business located in Dublin, Georgia. This family owned and operated company was founded by James and his wife Jennie in January 2014. “As an entrepreneur, starting GovStrive was an opportunity to break from corporate America and build a company with a vision that I believed in – to do meaningful work with great people,” James expressed.

Using his more than fourteen years of top-tier professional services consulting experience, James has built a company which currently employs 43 dedicated employees and draws from an even larger community of partners and contractors to provide a wide range of Federal HR consulting and advisory services. James was familiar with SBA and its mission, but it wasn’t until he started GovStrive that he realized the myriad of resources SBA had available. After... Read More

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Demetrica Berry, known by her friends as Deme, founded Berry Technology Solutions in 2005. BTS is a Georgia women owned small business that specializes in enterprise IT data solutions.

After more than a decade of working as a traveling senior IT consultant with one of the largest firms in the world, Deme wanted a job that was just as rewarding, but allowed her to spend more time with her family. Frustrated by not being able to find the work-life balance she wanted in her current role, she decided to make the “perfect job.” After much prayer and encouragement, I knew I could do the work I loved and still be able to enjoy my family,” Deme triumphantly exclaims.

Stepping out on faith, she founded the company while sitting at her kitchen table in the southern Atlanta suburb of Newnan. What started as an idea, borne out of frustration, has grown from a one-person, at-home operation into a corporation that employs 38 full-time employees and 10 independent... Read More

Thomas Rumph

Rumph and Associates has grown from a small Atlanta-based accounting firm to an international service provider to the U.S. Government in the span of four years. The company has grown from one employee, working out of a home office, to more than 85 employees working in over 40 countries.

After a career spanning more than two decades as a finance director and international finance professional with the largest beverage company in the world, Thomas Rumph Jr. resigned and started the company in 2007. Rumph and Associates was originally focused on accounting and data management services for corporate clients and educational institutions.  Tom wanted to scale up his business, and the current plan was not achieving this goal. “I wasn’t building anything to create jobs or grow the business, I had to do something different,” he recalls. Through a friend, he learned about the government contracting program and decided to give it a try.

Tom connected with the SBA Georgia... Read More

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CATMEDIA, headquartered in Tucker, Georgia, is blazing a trail of success.  Approaching $20 million in revenue, it has been named in the Top Ten of the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 2015 Pacesetter Awards for Atlanta’s 100 fastest-growing private companies, as well as named as one of the top 100 fastest growing companies [top five woman owned businesses] in America by Inc. Magazine.  Founded in 1997, CATMEDIA is a full-service communications company that specializes in creative services, program management, training, and human resource management.  The company is thankful to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for their continued success. 

Catherine Downey, CATMEDIA’s CEO, recently reflected on her and the company’s journey with the SBA.  “I feel like a poster child for the SBA as I have participated in many federal government programs and services that have helped grow my business,” said Downey.  Having a creative and operational background in the television... Read More