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Our Team

Brian Pifer

Vice President, Entrepreneurship
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As Small Business Majority's Vice President of Entrepreneurship, Brian oversees Small Business Majority's Entrepreneurship Program, which delivers key education and resources to entrepreneurs seeking to start and grow their business. Brian builds partnerships with organizations that provide related services to small business owners, manages creation of all content for the program's online web portal and educational events, and tracks and evaluates the program's activities. He has a journalism background, having managed a regional copy desk that handles copy editing and layout for more than a dozen newspapers across Northern California. He also was project manager for his company’s migration to centralized newspaper production.

Debi Roder

Entrepreneurship Manager
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Deborah (Debi) Roder manages Small Business Majority’s Entrepreneurship Program, which provides key resources and education to entrepreneurs seeking to start and grow their businesses. Debi builds partnerships with organizations that similarly support entrepreneurs, as well as manages content for the program's online web portal and educational events. She also helps track and evaluate the program's activities. 

Debi’s career prior to joining Small Business Majority has focused on supporting entrepreneurs, small businesses and startups. Previously, she worked at NASA’s Office of Small & Disadvantaged Business Utilization supporting small businesses getting contracts with the agency and worked one-on-one with hundreds of business owners at the Loudoun Small Business Development Center. She also served as the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Manager at the Loudoun County Department of Economic Development, where she created an award-winning entrepreneurial ecosystem. She has worked with small business owners on everything from business plans to marketing and financials and has created hundreds of educational and networking events for entrepreneurs. 

Simon Brown

Media Relations Manager
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Simon BrownSimon Brown manages Small Business Majority’s state and national media outreach, which includes maintaining relationships with news outlets, writing press releases, letters to the editor and op-eds, and conducting media trainings. Prior to joining Small Business Majority, Simon held a communications position at Americans United for Separation of Church and State, where he implemented media relations strategies, wrote blog posts and magazine articles, pitched articles and op-eds and developed social media campaigns. Simon is a former reporter for newspapers, magazines and trade publications. His beats included covering various sports from high school to the pros, as well as tax issues for non-profits and tax policy at the state level. He comes from a family of entrepreneurs.

Eszter Szocska

Digital Communications & IT Director
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Eszter SzocskaEszter Szocska manages Small Business Majority's websites, online communications and other IT functions. Prior to joining Small Business Majority, she worked as an executive assistant and website administrator at Green-Wifi, a small business specializing in the development of solar-powered Wi-Fi grid networks for schools in the developing world. Previously, she spent nine years in Tokyo where she cofounded FCC International, a small web services company. Eszter is fluent in Japanese and Hungarian.