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Meet Fearless: Introducing Arlene Barrow

No, this isn’t a repeat, but you may be feeling a bit of déjà vu.

Pictured above is Arlene Barrow, our “Technical Translator to the Masses.” Please don’t confuse her with Annie Barrow, the “calendar manager and resident e-mailer.” Yes, we are somehow lucky enough to have both Barrow sisters on Team Fearless!

Most people know a little bit about a company before they join a team, but when Arlene joined Fearless in April, she was already very familiar with our work and mission. Thanks, Annie! Continue reading “Meet Fearless: Introducing Arlene Barrow”

Fearless Awarded Small Business Week Award

On Thursday June 8th Fearless Solutions was award the 2017 Maryland Minority Owned Business of the Year for the U.S. Small Business Week Awards.

Fearless founder Delali Dzirasa says he is humbled by the award and the recognition is a reflection of the great work being done by our entire team.

“We want to build software and work on projects that have a positive impact on our communities, and it’s humbling when someone recognizes the work that we do,” he said. Continue reading “Fearless Awarded Small Business Week Award”

Case Study: HUBZone Map 508 Process

In 2016, Fearless was awarded a contract with the Small Business Administration (SBA) to modernize their HUBZone Certifications and Compliance products to provide a better and more efficient user experience. During the discovery phase of this project, we found that SBA had challenges with the 508 compliancy of their old HUBZone map. So we knew from the get-go that we needed to put a strong emphasis on accessibility, and we were careful not to design or develop anything that would make it difficult to use with assistive technology. Because of this, we didn’t just create an application and then tack on some accessibility features at the end; we made accessibility an integral part of our problem-solving process for this software modernization project. Continue reading “Case Study: HUBZone Map 508 Process”

Fearless is named one of Baltimore’s Best Places to Work

Fearless is an incredible place to spend the work week. We see it every day when team members are goofing off in various slack channels or getting together for monthly lunches to catch up and help one another out. But it’s also in the work we do. We know that our attention to detail makes our HUBZone project accessible to all users, and partnering with the Billion Oyster Project means school kids in New York City are learning and cleaning up the city’s waterways.

So we were honored when the Baltimore Business Journal named Fearless one of Baltimore’s Best Places to Work for 2017! Continue reading “Fearless is named one of Baltimore’s Best Places to Work”

Fearless Founder Featured on AHA Business Radio

Fearless founder Delali Dzirasa recently appeared on AHA Business Radio ahead of the Maryland Small Business Week Awards. Fearless has been named the 2017 Maryland Minority Owned Business of the Year for the U.S. Small Business Week Awards. Continue reading “Fearless Founder Featured on AHA Business Radio”

We Made 508 Compliant Software and You Can Too

When imagining the average internet user, you probably picture someone quickly scrolling through Facebook, sharing photos on Instagram, and skimming articles on their phone. Most websites and apps are developed with this user in mind; one who has no problems accessing content and rapidly jumping from page to page.

While many people fit into the mold of this “typical” internet user, many others require various types of support, such as screen readers or closed captioning, to access web content. Most public sites are not required to offer support that would allow blind, color blind, deaf, or other users with disabilities to enjoy their content, and this leads to the creation of websites and apps that are inaccessible to many users. Continue reading “We Made 508 Compliant Software and You Can Too”

Meet Fearless: Introducing Rob Fink

We like to think our projects have an impact across the country, from our work with UMCES on their Integration and Application Network to the contracts we have with the Small Business Administration to revamp the SBA homepage and share HUBFinder with entrepreneurs from coast-to-coast.

But for the most part our team is working hard in Baltimore either at Spark or bwtech@UMBC. Except Rob Fink. Rob lives and works in Tampa. We’re not sure if there is a strong tech pipeline from Baltimore to Florida but maybe we could start it. And maybe we could increase the trend of employers pursuing would-be employees. Continue reading “Meet Fearless: Introducing Rob Fink”

Join Fearless for the AFCEA 5K

We are always on the lookout for ways to help develop future leaders in tech. We like to work on projects that help young people, like the Billion Oyster Project, and Sierra Seabrese is our rock star intern who is enrolling at the University of Maryland, College Park this fall.

We also look to foster the tech community’s future leaders outside the office. For several years Fearless has been a part of the AFCEA Central Maryland Chapter. The non-profit professional organization is a great way for folks in our universe to connect and learn from one another but we are most proud of the work AFCEA does for others. Continue reading “Join Fearless for the AFCEA 5K”

Meet Fearless: Introducing Pat Kelsh

Running is a big part of Pat Kelsh’s life.

At Fearless he runs tests for our work with the HUBZone program, and when he’s off the clock you might see him literally running.

Pat isn’t a casual weekend warrior, he’s conquered an Olympic distance triathlon and a half-marathon. Pounding the pavement isn’t just good for Pat’s health but he says it’s also been a great way for him to work out his mind. Continue reading “Meet Fearless: Introducing Pat Kelsh”

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