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Our Purpose

Small businesses are the backbone of our nation. Every small business deserves to have a voice, our patronage, and support to keep powering the small business sector forward. Small Business Showcase was created and curated for just that reason – to give Small businesses an exclusive platform to grow.

A Message From Our President & CEO

“Given these unprecedented times, the glaring need for small business support has never been greater. Recent events have created a business climate that has opened the gates of entrepreneurship and a resurgence in the small business spirit…a spirit that has manifested into many new and exciting businesses.

Small Business Showcase Magazine has ambitious aspirations of being “The Voice” of the small business owner, as well as the go-to resource for inspiring and educational content for business owners at every stage. Whether you are a veteran business owner, new to the scene of entrepreneurship, or on the fence about making the jump, we know you’ll find extreme value and connection through our magazine and community.”

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Andy Garza

President

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Matthew Ammerman

Chief Executive Officer

 

A Message From Our Editor

“As the Editor-in-Chief, it is with immense pride and excitement that I introduce to you the fruition of countless hours of dedication, passion, and hard work that our team has poured into crafting a magazine that truly celebrates the spirit of entrepreneurship. The world of small businesses is a vibrant tapestry woven together by passionate individuals who dare to dream, innovate, and make a mark on their communities. This magazine aims to provide these remarkable individuals a platform to shine brightly.”

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Deb Ammerman

Editor in Chief

Meet The Team

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Gary Riggs - Photographer

Gary’s photography career began by taking pictures of nature, buildings, cars, and people. He also takes advantage of shooting Notre Dame and Chicago. He likes to capture the love of a family or a young couple, the pride of a victorious athlete or high school senior, and the excitement surrounding a newborn baby or a special birthday. He also enjoys working with local business owners looking for quality images of products for internet and marketing display.

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Melissa Rowe-Lane - Visual Designer & Author

Melissa has a strong background in branding and identity. She is skilled at understanding the needs of small businesses and helping them create a brand that is both memorable and effective. She is also passionate about helping others, and she gets a great deal of satisfaction from seeing small businesses succeed.

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Allison Anna - Author and Website Design

Allison spent 10 years in sales, marketing, and data analytics roles before she opened the doors to her Digital Marketing Agency, Awakened Marketing. She has had the opportunity to network with over 300 digital marketers and train under some of the biggest names in the digital marketing industry, equipping her with knowledge of the most effective digital marketing strategies for any niche. She helps businesses marry their passion and business success.

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Jennifer Kedik - Regional Sales Manager

Jennifer has worked in sales for about 6 years, she mainly works in senior living, but wants to expand to help area entrepreneurs to showcase their accomplishments. Jennifer has lived in South Bend since 2005, She has two adult children, her daughter is local and married with two children. Her son lives in NY. Jennifer married her husband Rick 9 years ago and loves working in the community.

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Deb Ammerman - Editor in Chief

Deb is the Owner of M&D Advertising LLC and has worked in the graphic design field for 30 years. An independent contractor for over 15 years, Deb has created numerous ad designs for local merchants and service providers and additional print layouts for the Michiana Saver and other local publications. She has a wide range of experience including designing for screen print, web site design & development, CD Jacket creation for a music production company and digital scrapbooking to name a few.  Her work history also includes experience as a marketing coordinator & event planner for a distribution company to convenience stores and other specialty retailers. Now one of the Founding Partners and the Editor & Chief of Small Business Showcase Magazine.

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Matthew Ammerman - Chief Executive Officer

Matthew is the Owner/CEO of M&D Advertising LLC. He views the world through the lenses of science and business philosophy. He does continuous research and development in many areas and has countless interests. A structured thinker who looks at the world in a fresh new way, Matthew brings a unique vision to the organization. He is constantly innovating and adding to the toolbox M&D Advertising uses to solve challenges for our clients. Matthew handles the company strategy, consistent improvement, financial aspects, and systematization,  and focuses on unifying the organization. Now one of the Founding Partners and the CEO of Small Business Showcase Magazine.

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Andy Garza - President

Andy Garza is well known as the Guru of Guerrilla Marketing. He has over 30 years of experience using Guerrilla Marketing to launch 4 businesses. Andy has also reached top-level sales status in 4 different industries including Flooring, Auto, Furniture, and Senior Financial Planning. Presently the President and CEO of Big Gorilla Sales and Marketing Training, Andy has become a sought-after speaker for entrepreneurial groups, including a featured speaker for Notre Dame’s Entrepreneurship and Adversity Program as well as his own training seminars in both Marketing and Guerrilla Sales. Andy has extensive experience in Magazine Publishing having owned New Homeowners Guide and Senior Financial Digest. Now one of the Founding Partners and the President of Small Business Showcase.

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