CoFounders Podcast – Transforming #StartUps, Transportation, Campaigns and Fitness

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CoFounders Podcast – Transforming #StartUps, Transportation, Campaigns and Fitness

Cassius F. Butts, Region IV
U.S. Small Business Administration

Guest BIO:
Cassius F. Butts was appointed by President Barack Obama in 2011. He is responsible for the delivery of SBA programs in Region IV comprised of the eight Southeastern states. During his appointment, Cassius has managed oversight of five record breaking years for SBA lending in Region IV. Nearly $20 billion in SBA-backed loans were awarded to small businesses within Region IV. Under Cassius’s leadership, we have witnessed historic lending, record-breaking government contracting dollars awarded and the highest number of entrepreneurs trained and counseled in SBA history.

Cassius is a serial 15-year entrepreneur and college professor and was previously employed with the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Since 1992, Cassius has worked in leadership positions for Bank of America, Fleet Bank, and the City of Atlanta. As a small business owner, he co-founded CB Consulting Group, LLC.

In 2013, he was appointed to the National Partnership Council and he is an active Policy Board Member for the Atlanta Federal Executive Board. Cassius is a graduate of Edgewater High School in Orlando, Atlanta’s Morehouse College and Clark Atlanta University’s School of Public Administration, and he obtained his Certificate of Grant Writing from Emory University’s Life Learning Institute. Cassius is also a 2012 graduate of Leadership Atlanta.


1) Cassius- tell us about National Veterans Small Business Week that was celebrated last week- did SBA participate?

2) I have heard a lot of talk about the SBAs Growth Accelerator Fund Competition- what is this and what does it mean for Americas Accelerators and incubators?

3) Tell us about the Start Up In a Day Initiative- have you worked with this yourself?

4) I recently saw the announcement for National Small Business Week- can you please talk about the NSBW for 2017? Are there any changes and what do listeners need to know?

In conclusion, I want to remind everyone the importance of Small Business Saturday coming up on Saturday, November 26th- Be sure to shop small that Saturday!

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Michael Hightower, Founder
The Collaborative Firm, LLC

Brief Description of Product or Service:
Michael Hightower, managing partner of The Collaborative Firm, LLC, will discuss MARTA’s Get Ready for Transportation Summit to take place Monday, November 14, 2016, at the Georgia International Convention Center in College Park. The event is free for the public and will feature top industry experts walking business owners through the procurement process for upcoming transportation infrastructure projects.

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Dale Sizemore, Founder

Brief Description of Product or Service:
We improve the local elected gene pool by making it easier to run for political office. The obstacles of funding, limited time, how to effectively reach voters – all discourage good people from running for political office. It shouldn’t cost a fortune or be overly expensive to run for office – Now it doesn’t have to… Otherwise, we end up with candidates like we have this election cycle…

Show Topics:
How did this company decide to do this?
Why was Voterworkz formed?
What has the impact been from candidates using Voterworkz?
Where is Voterworkz available?

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Anthony Strayhorn, Founder
YourDay Balance Game – StrayfitATL

Description of Product or Service:
A health and fitness trainer and coach that creates the experiences of translating fitness and health to the everyday moments in life.

My ideal person or group are those who are imbalanced, over-stressed, and uninspired in life. Someone who who has interest in the “total body” transformation(physical,emotional, spiritual, mental, and social)

Show Topics:
Why do people start and stop?
Limiting beliefs
Modern day self-care

Web Site/Social Media:

Facebook = strayfitatl and “Anthony Strayhorn”
Instagram = StrayFitATL


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