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Small businesses serve as the backbone of our economy, yet being a small business owner entails distinct challenges. These obstacles range from the quest for new clients to devising cost-effective marketing strategies that outshine competitors, all while managing a limited budget—a formidable juggling act.

SmallBiz Ally was established with your specific needs at the forefront of our mission. Our goal is to alleviate some of the burdens weighing down your already brimming workload, enabling you to concentrate on the essential tasks that propel your business forward.


We don't merely pay lip service to understanding the struggles and solutions of small businesses; we've walked the path of small business ownership ourselves for over two decades. Through firsthand experience, we bring a unique and empathetic perspective to the daily challenges you encounter in your business journey.

Complementing this hands-on background are numerous small business consultations and a wealth of inspiring success stories that further enrich our expertise. It's this accumulation of experience, driven by our fervor to see small businesses thrive, that equips us with the secret recipe you need to advance your business.


Our ability to comprehend your requirements and budget is the result of this collective experience and our commitment to ensuring one doesn't overshadow the other.


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Certified Small Business Partner
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Stephanie Sokenis


Certificates & Accreditations

  • ​Master of Business Administration (MBA)         University of North Georgia

  • Accredited Small Business Consultant

  • Bachelor of Science in Management

  • Entrepreneurship & Innovation Graduate Certificate

  • Small Business & Entrepreneurship Certificate

  • Entrepreneurship Center Management Certificate

  • Certified SCORE Mentor

  • Certified Virtual Facilitator

  • Certified SBA Woman Owned Small Business (WOSB)

  • Certified SBA Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Business (EDWOSB)

  • Advanced Microsoft Excel

  • Grant Writing, University of Georgia

  • Core Certification: Constant Contact

  • FLMI: Fellow, Life Management Institute

  • Certificate in Hospitality & Tourism Mgmt


Professional & Community Service

Recognition, Awards

& Honors

  • ​Woman of Distinction Award, Town of Oyster Bay

  • Woman of Distinction Award, NY State Senate

  • You Make a Difference Award, Boys & Girls Club

  • President’s Award, Community Council

  • Woman of Distinction Award, NY State Assembly

  • Outstanding Service Award, NY Chamber of Commerce

  • Jane Skrzypek Leadership Award, Regional PTA

  • Paul Harris Fellow Designation, Rotary International

  • Association of Small Business Consultants
  • New Start Program Instructor with Gwinnett County Public Library (Google Sponsored Program)

  • Teen Entrepreneur Program Course Development and Instructor 

  • SCORE Workshop Presenter

  • Georgia Chamber Small Business Advisory Council

  • Vice Pres., Long Island Public Library Board of Trustees 

  • Director, Long Island Community Council 

  • President, Rotary Club, Long Island, NY

  • Treasurer, JFK Memorial Park Foundation, Long Island, NY

  • President, Parent-Teacher Association, Long Island, NY

  • Director, Long Island Chamber of Commerce

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