WHO WE ARE

Our Co-Chairs

Frank Knapp Jr.

President & CEO, SC Small Business Chamber of Commerce

 

Mr. Knapp co-founded the SC Small Business Chamber of Commerce in 2000. He serves as the president and CEO of the 5,000+ member advocacy organization that has taken a leadership role in making South Carolina more small business friendly in areas such as taxation, regulation, worker training, Workers Compensation Insurance, utility costs, health insurance, energy/conservation and economic development.

Mr. Knapp is also the president of The Knapp Agency, a full-service advertising/public relations firm he founded in 1991 in Columbia, SC.

 

Mr. Knapp holds a Master’s Degree in Social Psychology from the University of South Carolina and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Shaundell Newsome

Visionary & Founder, Sumnu Marketing


Shaundell Newsome became an entrepreneur at the age of 14 while attending the High School of Graphic Communication Arts in Manhattan when he started a graphic design company creating tape covers, invitations and fliers for events. In 2006, he founded Newsome Marketing Enterprises in Nevada to serve small businesses. Two years later, the Small Business Administration recognized Mr. Newsome as Nevada Small Business Champion of the Year.

 

Today, Mr. Newsome is the Visionary and Founder of Sumnu Marketing, which was SBA Nevada Family Owned Business of the Year 2015. Mr. Newsome successfully transitioned his daughter, Tiara Flynn, an Air Force veteran and the firm’s first intern, into the role of firm’s principal owner and CEO, allowing him to focus on mentoring and championing small business owners nationally.

 

Mr. Newsome is an Air force veteran and author of The Twelve Steps of Marketing, A Perfect Guide to Branding. Mr. Newsome is an instructor for the SBA Boots to Business program and Nevada SBDC NxLevel for Entrepreneurs. He is Chairman of the Board for the Urban Chamber of Commerce Las Vegas and an Advisory Board member of the Nevada SBDC.

Visionary & Founder, Sumnu Marketing

Anne Zimmerman, CPA

Founder & owner,  Zimmerman & Co CPAs Inc.

Ms. Zimmerman is the founder and owner of Zimmerman & Co CPAs Inc., a public accounting firm with offices in Cincinnati and Cleveland. Since the mid-1980s, she has provided financial and tax services to small businesses and individuals and acts as the offsite CFO for many businesses. Ms. Zimmerman has also co-founded and sold a number of businesses, including a large IT cloud company in 2017.

Ms. Zimmerman serves as treasurer on the Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, as a member of  the Small Business Majority Advisory Council, and as the pro-bono director of services for many non-profit entities.

Ms. Zimmerman earned her CPA designation in 1986, being awarded The Elijah Watt Sells Award for achieving one of the highest CPA exam scores in the country. With degrees in both business management and accounting from the University of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky University, respectively, she is a member of many professional accounting organizations.

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