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This month, we’re introducing some of America’s most inspiring entrepreneurs by interviewing all 18 finalists for this year’s Dream Big Small Business Awards. The awards program honors the achievements of some of our nation’s most remarkable small business owners and celebrates their contributions to the American economy. We’ll be spotlighting a different finalist every day between now and the Small Business Summit 2017, where the winners will be announced (register to attend here).
The company: Valsatech
Who’s in charge: Chandra Sabbavarpu
Where are they: Ellicott City, MD
What they do: Valsatech is a core software testing service provider.
Q: How did your company get started?
Chandra Sabbavarpu: In the present ever evolving sphere of technology, the inevitability of assurance of quality cannot be exaggerated. Though there were innumerable players in this line still, I felt, there was a gap between demand and supply. Secondly, my intention was to offer incomparable dedicated service to my prospective clients, at a competitive price tag, ensuring protection in to-to. These two factors werechief driving forces that prompted me to promote Valsatech.
I had strategies to further extemporize and strive to afford all-embracing gamut of cost effective testing solutions incorporating industry delivery models spreading to countless divergent automation technologies and platforms. Corollary to supra, Valsatech with its time bound and innovative practices, endeavours to closely associate with the clients in order to conceive and materialize extensive range of Quality Assurance Applications that enable the users accomplish their corporate goals cost effectively.
Valsatech boasts deployment of cutting edge technology impeccably for the highest advantage of the clients, resulting in profit and wealth maximization of stake holders
Q: What barriers have you faced while building your company and how did you overcome them?
Sabbavarpu: I was confronted with some financial hardships and tough tribulations of attrition of my workforce. The challenges of attrition were the biggest barriers that I ever faced. I deliberated the issue with the employees and attained an amicable long term settlement that was mutually beneficial. The settlement did not entail just reformation of the salaries of the workforce and offering them additional welfare measures. The working vicinities were refurbished so as to convert them into more morale boosting and the employees were encouraged to offer state-of-the-art counsels, which were debated and put into execution after weeding out short comings. The rate of attrition progressively thinned down and ultimately became neutralized and helped the company to scale greater heights.
Q: What has been your proudest moment as an entrepreneur?
Sabbavarpu: A long term partnership was entered into by Valsatech with some of the big names of the industry like Accenture, Leidos, CSRA, Nortrop Grumman and others. It was the greatest turning point for Valsatech as this paved way for the hectic advancement and expansion of the company. This was one of the proudest movements for me as an entrepreneur. Another event that took place in the history of Valsatech that turned to be the second proudest movement for me as a CEO and entrepreneur. This was when, Valsatech was finalist for EY 2017 year and smart CEO award winning for 2 consecutive years in 2016 and 2017.
Q: Tell us about your company’s role in the community. How do you use serve your hometown?
Sabbavarpu: It is commonly known that innovation and success are not preceded by any draft or strategy. Valsatech, overcoming resolute encounters and espousing efficaciously, has carved an enviable niche in the community. Our performance has been exemplary. We have redefined the standards of the industry. Because of our steadfast virtues, we are construed as a force to reckon with in the universal podium and are highly esteemed for our array of skills in testing and for providing authentic solutions for dissimilar businesses. This helps our customers to achieve higher ROI.
I am proud to state that I have started Chandra Sabbavarapu foundation (CSF) in Warangal, Telangana state INDIA entirely funded by me, 2 years ago. This is a non-profitable organization, which imparts IT Development training, and skills in Software development, communication skills in English, IT Staffing services, Intuitive technologies, tackling competitive exams etc., at free of cost. This nurtures the under-privileged youth of my country to find decent jobs. The candidates trained from CSF have landed jobs in multinationals like Wipro, Capgemini, Accenture, in the teaching profession and in the public sector.
Q: What does it mean to not only have created your own job, but to also create jobs for others?
Sabbavarpu: It means great things. I had very humble beginning in my career. However, my hard work, good business ethics and my workforce enabled me to reach greater heights in my pursuits. I proudly state that I have on the rolls very well accomplished and high class employees who are distributed geographically in various locations. I provide a spectrum of testing methodologies.
I offer ADA 508 Compliance Testing, Health IT testing (HL7,ICD9 & ICD10), Automation testing, Performance Testing, ETL Testing, Web Services Testing, Oracle Apps testing, Mobile Testing, anything you mention. This was possible because I explored the opportunities which entailed creation of jobs for others and grooming them to suit the requirements.
Q: What would you do if you won the Dream Big Award’s $25,000 grand prize?
Sabbavarpu: I propose to invest a part of this prize money for the betterment of welfare measures extended to my employees. I intend to introduce some more incentives for the employees. Further, I would like to announce a scheme for the kith and kin of the employees for the best performances in studies and sports. I run a charitable institution back in India by name Chandra Sabbavarpu Foundation (CSF), which provides FREE skills in software, to face interview, and
technical job skills to poor and rural students to enable them to land jobs and build their career. I intend to invest some of the prize money in this foundation also.
Q: What’s your best advice for other small business owners who want to Dream Big?
Sabbavarpu: My sincere advice to other small entrepreneurs who want to grow or new entrants is to work hard, adhere to good business ethics and take care of their employees without whom things may not materialize. As it is appropriately said opportunity knocks your door only once. So I advise them to be alert and grab the opportunities and exploit them.