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Sandra Simmons is Florida Local Business Person Of The Year

Sandra Simmons is Florida Local Business Person Of The Year

NAPLES, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, February 16, 2022 / — The largest online referral network for small businesses, is announcing the results of its national search for leaders who’ve gone above and beyond guiding peers and supporting entire communities as they strive to recover.

Today, Alignable’s network has chosen Sandra Simmons of Money Management Solutions, Inc. as Naples, Florida’s 2022 Business Person Of The Year! Sandra is well-known for helping her fellow business owners, new startup companies, and the many Veteran-centric organizations in Collier County.

The 2022 contest is the most popular competition Alignable has ever hosted, marking a 64% increase in participation over last year. In all, 2,400+ small business owners were elected by their peers to be their Local Business People Of The Year across the U.S. and Canada.

During the contest, which ran from Jan. 10 to Feb. 11, 2022, 160,000+ votes and 32,000+ testimonials were posted praising thousands of local leaders for helping their fellow business owners and new startup companies and communities through a turbulent year with many operational and financial challenges: skyrocketing inflation, labor shortages, and supply chain problems.

Because of these issues, 70% of small businesses have yet to recover and recovery rates have declined 13% since December, according to Alignable’s latest poll of 6,305 small business owners in the US and Canada. This recovery reversal highlights how important it is for the contest winners to continue their work helping even more businesses bounce back from all the obstacles they’ve had to deal with.

Sandra Simmons big win

“Naples is a reciprocal community for the most part; If you give to the business community, you almost always get help back in return,” says Simmons.

“And the challenges we’ve all encountered have compelled many of us to offer counsel and other support to our fellow business owners and new startup companies struggling to keep their businesses afloat. While I’m thrilled to receive this award, it’s really a testament to our entire community. And it reinforces my resolve to push toward a full economic recovery for everyone here in Naples as quickly as possible.”

Simmons received a special badge on her Alignable profile, recognizing this big win. In past years, the awareness generated through similar contests has spurred expanded connections, as well as new business for many winners.

Driving Recognition Is Key

“This has been a fun and rewarding contest to watch unfold,” said Alignable’s President & Co-Founder Venkat Krishnamurthy. “Local business owners are the heart and soul of their communities and they ought to get way more recognition for all they do. Friendly competition aside, this contest generated some incredible peer testimonials (to the tune of 32,000+), showing exactly why small business owners are stronger together.”

To arrange interviews with Sandra Simmons and/or an Alignable representative, please contact Chuck Casto at He also can offer JPEGs and other visuals, as well as local winner testimonials.