Dell/NFIB Named 10 Finalists for the U.S. Small Business Excellence Award

In January and again last month, Lionel blogged about the global expansion of the Dell Small Business Excellence Award.
Reminiscent of how Dell got started 24 years ago (Dell celebrated its
birthday yesterday), the global program is designed to recognize small
businesses using technology in innovative ways to better serve their
customers. We are now live in 10 of the 12 counties – Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France (launching May 13), Germany, Italy, Japan (launching May 19), Mexico, Spain, United Kingdom and the United States
– and announced today the 10 finalists for the U.S. award. All national
winners will be announced by Sept., with the global winner being named
later in the fall.

As highlighted in the news release,
this year’s finalists represent a broad range of industries and
technology expertise ranging from construction, education and
healthcare to the non-technical salon and spa industry.

To provide a glimpse into what these companies are doing to exceed
their customers’ expectations, grow their businesses and gain national
recognition, we’ll be posting profiles on each of them during the month
of May.

The first is Rugroden Drafting and Design, a Onalaska, Wis.-based residential
drafting and design service that creates construction drawings and
incorporates the latest 3-D technology allowing customers to digitally
walk through their virtual home.

Feel free to connect with any of these businesses if you are in need
of services they provide or have questions about their technology
solutions.

About the Author: Jennifer "JJ" Davis

A seasoned leader with 20+ years of experience, JJ Davis oversees all aspects of Global Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility for Dell Technologies. In this role, she works closely with the Investor Relations and Government Affairs organizations to lead the corporate affairs strategy and foster alignment and advocacy across the diverse stakeholder landscape for the company. Her global team includes media relations, analyst relations, executive communications, team member communications, sales and partner communications, influencer relations, social media, direct giving and sustainability. She also founded the company’s marquee women’s program the Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network in 2010 to support women entrepreneurs’ success worldwide. JJ started her public relations and public affairs career at the Arkansas Office of the Governor and has held various communications leadership roles for both corporations and agencies nationwide. A graduate of the University of Arkansas, JJ lives in Austin with her husband David, a third-generation entrepreneur, and three sons. She is active in her boys’ sports and the family foundation, The Aimee Melissa Davis Memorial Scholarship, supporting graduating seniors with Juvenile Diabetes. She is a member of the Arthur W. Page Society and a board member of the Dell Technologies Political Action Committee.