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ZenBusiness Takes Home Three Stevie® Awards At 2021 American Business Awards®

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ZenBusiness, a startup and Public Benefit Corporation that democratizes entrepreneurship by making it easy to start, run, and grow a business, today was named the winner of three Stevie® Awards at The 19th Annual American Business Awards®.

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ZenBusiness and company leadership took home awards in three separate categories:

  • ZenBusiness – Silver Stevie Winner Startup of the Year – Business Services Industries
  • Ross Buhrdorf, CEO & Founder of ZenBusiness – Silver Stevie Winner Entrepreneur of the Year – Business & Professional Services
  • Shanaz Hemmati, COO & Co-Founder of ZenBusiness – Bronze Stevie Winner – Woman of the Year – Business Services Industries

“To be recognized by the American Business Awards with three Stevie® Awards is a tremendous honor and reflective of all the hard work that our team has put forth this past year,” said ZenBusiness CEO and Founder Ross Buhrdorf. “This just gives us even more inspiration to continue our mission to help more and more people realize their dreams of entrepreneurship.”

The American Business Awards are the U.S.A.’s premier business awards program. All organizations operating in the U.S.A. are eligible to submit nominations – public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small.

“Our company, like many others, had to pivot and change operations over this past year, but we never wavered in our task to support our customers on their journeys,” said ZenBusiness COO and Co-founder Shanaz Hemmati. “By providing such high levels of service as we went remote while rapidly scaling was an amazing accomplishment and I’m so proud of the team for all they have achieved.”

Nicknamed the Steviesfor the Greek word meaning “crowned,” the awards will be virtually presented to winners during a live event on Wednesday, June 30. Tickets for the virtual event are now on sale.

More than 3,800 nominations – a record number – from organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry were submitted this year for consideration in a wide range of categories.

More than 250 professionals worldwide participated in the judging process to select this year’s Stevie Award winners.

Details about The American Business Awards and the list of 2021 Stevie winners are available at

About ZenBusiness

ZenBusiness, a Public Benefit Corporation, is a one-stop digital platform with the mission to make starting, running and growing a new business simple and accessible. Empowering the new generation of entrepreneurs, ZenBusiness provides innovative technology and world-class educational resources to support millions of micro businesses on their journey to success — all at an affordable and clear price. By giving small businesses what they need — worry-free services, frontline support and an all-inclusive platform — ZenBusiness makes taking the leap towards building a better life as simple as possible, allowing business owners to achieve a state of Zen. Founded in 2017, ZenBusiness is based in Austin, Texas. Visit and follow @zenbusinessPBC for more information.

About the Stevie Awards

Stevie Awards are conferred in eight programs: the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, the German Stevie Awards, the Middle East & North Africa Stevie Awards, The American Business Awards®, The International Business Awards®, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, the Stevie Awards for Great Employers, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. The Stevies also produce the annual Women|Future Conference. Stevie Awards competitions receive more than 12,000 entries each year from organizations in more than 70 nations. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about the Stevie Awards at