This year’s Minority Small Business Champion is Delali Dzirasa of Fearless Solutions in Baltimore, nominated by Fearless Solutions.
It’s always a challenge to pick the perfect name for your business. One that suits the product, the vision, the owner’s personality. Well, Delali nailed it. He is nothing if not fearless. He’s yet to meet a challenge he wouldn’t tackle and with a smile.
He started his software firm in 2009 from his basement, grinding out programs and processes by day; working on billing and marketing at night. From there, he secured a space at the University of Maryland Baltimore County’s incubator. Taking advantage of SBA contracting and financing programs, he soon outgrew the incubator, moving Fearless to downtown Baltimore. Currently, he records annual sales of over $2 million and employs over 30.
Delali and his team turn complex data or processes into creative applications that are intuitive and beneficial to the user. At Fearless, software is a presentation, but it’s more than just visual. Every piece of software presents something to the user – whether it is a tool to use, a map to explore, a way to communicate or a data set to analyze. His developers are experienced enough to know the ins and outs of the industry, but creative enough not to be bound by convention and to seek the most creative solution possible.
The guiding principle at Fearless is to choose projects that make the world a better place and add value to society; like making it easier for a small business to get off the ground with the SBA Hub-Finder application or developing a health dashboard for the Baltimore City Department of Health to better track health trends.
Delali sits on the board of UMBC’s Computer Science and Electrical Engineering Visiting Committee and is committed to encouraging youth to pursue STEM careers by offering internships and serving as a guest speaker for local schools and charities.