As an Accredited Small Business Consultant, and certified grant writer, Stephanie Sokenis, ASBC, founder of SmallBiz Ally, has a passion for providing tools for entrepreneurs to properly start, and successfully grow their businesses.
Having been an entrepreneur for more than twenty years, Stephanie is empathetic to the day-to-day challenges small business owners face. It is due in part to that experience that she has also spent the last fifteen years developing and driving programs for chambers of commerce from New York to the Southeast, with a goal of helping equip entrepreneurs with the essential skills and assistance they need to succeed.
After years of driving development methods and resources, as well as hundreds of one-on-one consultations, it became evident that providing ideas for success was not enough - there always remained one missing piece. Entrepreneurs were still left on their own with no actionable plan to get from idea to execution. To strategize a plan and develop a realistic road map to meet their objectives and find success, they needed an ally. And so, SmallBiz Ally was born.
At SmallBiz Ally, we don't consider our conversations to be consultations, instead we view them as high-energy collaborations with passionate entrepreneurs and small business owners. It’s only the beginning of what will be a long and valuable partnership on the road to success. The team at SmallBiz Ally takes into consideration a realistic budget and available bandwidth to transform an entrepreneur’s ideas and objectives into a simple, specific, and actionable plan with endless possibilities because the road map for business growth will be clear. SmallBiz Ally will be with you, as much or as little as needed, every step of the way.
In addition to that, as well as developing invitation only SmallBiz Strategies Round Tables, in an effort to continue to empower small business owners and their staff with the skills they need, the SmallBiz Success Workshop Series have been developed with a catalog of over 200 timely session topics from in-demand topics such as; marketing, social media, sales, software, financial, capital access and more. SmallBiz Ally offers these directly to individuals, as well as turn-key solutions to associations, corporations, government institutions, and nonprofits who desire bringing sensible skill-building programming to their staff, clients, members and/or community.
We love what we do, and it shows.