ServiceMaster by Stratos is one of eight companies in the nation to recently complete participation in the second annual Capital One CATAPULT Program. The seven-month curriculum is designed to assist a group of diverse business owners who are members of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) with developing solutions for a challenge that is critical to their business’s success. Participants selected through a competitive application process take part in instructional courses, collaborative thinking workshops and have access to experts in the field and a dedicated advisor throughout the process.
CEO Stacy McCall and project manager Amanda Maness traveled to Dallas for a total of six sessions, to attend workshops where the duo leverages the program’s benefits to design and plan technology solutions that will serve to increase efficiencies in the business.
“Not only does this program give us an opportunity to solve a business need, it gives us the chance to connect with experts with diverse skill sets and experiences as well,” said Stacy McCall, CEO of ServiceMaster by Stratos. “As a small business, we simply don’t have access to these types of businesspersons or forward thinking methodologies like you would in a Fortune 500 company. We, small business USA, have access to this because someone wanted to invest their resources in us.”
To be considered for the program, businesses must be a diversity-owned business that has been operating for at least three years with a minimum annual revenue between $1 million and $10 million and one that is working to solve a complex business problem or creating a new product or service. Upon completion, each of the nine businesses pitched its business solution to a panel of judges. Three winners received prize packages to go toward implementing their plans.
About Capital One
Capital One Financial Corporation (www.capitalone.com) is a financial holding company whose subsidiaries, which include Capital One, N.A., and Capital One Bank (USA), N.A., had $250.8 billion in deposits and $362.9 billion in total assets as of March 31, 2018. Headquartered in McLean, Virginia, Capital One offers a broad spectrum of financial products and services to consumers, small businesses and commercial clients through a variety of channels. Capital One, N.A. has branches located primarily in New York, Louisiana, Texas, Maryland, Virginia, New Jersey and the District of Columbia. A Fortune 500 company, Capital One trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “COF” and is included in the S&P 100 index.
About Women’s Business Enterprise Council
WBENC is the largest third-party certifier of businesses owned, controlled, and operated by women in the United States. WBENC partners with 14 Regional Partner Organizations (RPOs) to provide its world-class standard of certification to women-owned businesses throughout the country. WBENC is also the nation’s leading advocate of women-owned businesses and entrepreneurs. Throughout the year, WBENC provides business development opportunities for member corporations, government agencies and more than 14,000 certified women-owned businesses at events and other forums.
About ServiceMaster by Stratos
ServiceMaster by Stratos is a contract janitorial company that serves Memphis, Tennessee marketplace, as well as North Mississippi and Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Its customers vary from traditional owner-occupied and property management office spaces to healthcare and educational institutions, large post-construction projects, industrial/manufacturing facilities, as well as event and venue locations. Stratos does more than provide, it partners. Stratos’ story reflects more than 35 years of serving as a trusted partner for customers by tailoring services to meet specific needs. It is the Logistical People Business™ that has lived by traditions and relied on core values to spur it towards success through a philosophy of servant leadership. This foundation allows Stratos to set the stage for today, tomorrow and the future for customers. For more information about ServiceMaster by Stratos, visit www.smbystratos.com or call 901-683-0064.