DeVan Curry, M.S
From: United States
Chattanoogan since 2020
What do you do for work? What is your role in the community?
Incorporation, Business Coaching, Payroll Services, and Operations Management
When we saw a crisis begin to strike our city, what were your first thoughts when deciding to step up for your community? How best to make sure my clients obtained the federal PPP funding that was their fair share. I refused to believe that our TN Valley corporate citizens would not be able to continue their hard-won existence compared to their white counterparts. To date, four (4) of our Latino businesses received both SBA PPP Funding and SBA EIDL loans totaling over $300,000 due to their partnership with my company ANCUR, INC.
Who are some of your own heroes that inspire you?
John Leguizamo for his epic work in “ Latin History for Morons”- Simply put, he made everyone Proud. Napoleon Hill- seminal work in self-help “Think and Grow Rich”- Father of Positive affirmations
When you think back at everything that’s happened this year and what you’ve done, what message do you see telling yourself before all of this happened?
In 2019, my thoughts were centered on developing a one-stop business development firm that was accessible to all for education, growth, and development. My desire was to build on my organization so that its main focus was to reduce the educational barriers to business ownership through the application of concierge-level business administration tactics and innovative operational strategies.
What has been the greatest challenge for you in 2020?
The greatest challenge was seeing several of my clients that were salon owners that lost their leases to their businesses. To see those owners being denied aid due to someone deciding they were “non-essential”. That was a mental devastation that I could not help to alleviate, especially when several were denied unemployment as well.
What has been the most rewarding part of 2020?
My most rewarding moment was seeing the looks on several employees' faces when they realized that due to SBA PPP/EIDL funding they would remain employed by my clients. That was AMAZING!! All Glory to GOD!!