The Stevie Awards Blog

Three Reasons Businesses Should Be Optimistic, From a Sales Awards Judge

Posted by Liz Dean on Thu, Feb 02, 2012 @ 03:31 PM

Jason Copeland, Senior Manager, National Sales Group at SurePayroll, Inc., Glenview, Illinois USA, is chairing one of the final judging committees for the sales awards categories in the 2012 Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Final judging is now underway, and sales excellence and customer service awards winners will be announced on February 27 at the 6th annual awards banquet in Las Vegas. Get your tickets here.

We asked Jason why small businesses should be optimistic in 2012

What are the top 3 reasons for small businesses to feel optimistic in 2012?

  1. They’re in business in 2012! 2012 is shaping up to be the year of small business. If you've survived the recession, the rising tide should lift your boat. And if you're just starting a business...
  2. Potential new U.S. policies could spark a startup renaissance. U.S. small businesses and their owners will get a lot of attention this Presidential election cycle. The American business owner's voice is stronger than ever and business owners will need to use their voices to help shape tax and regulatory policy for the next few years. Organizations worldwide will benefit from the attention placed on the importance of small businesses.
  3. In late January, Chase and Citibank announced they significantly increased small business lending in 2011 from, roughly, a combined $17 billion in 2010 to almost $25 billion in 2012.  Additionally, Thomson Reuters data shows venture capital funding increased 22% to over $28 billion in 2011.With more lending opportunities now available, organizations will greatly benefit on a global scale.

What item of news recently caught your eye and why?  Jason Copeland
The Costa Concordia disaster. Sadly, the actions of the captain and his lack of leadership made the tragedy that much worse.  Appalling.

What is your favorite sport or hobby?
Spending time with my son, playing poker, and golfing. To be clear, I do not play poker with my son … yet. 

If you could choose another profession, what would it be?
Political or sports commentator/analyst.

What quality or qualities do you most value in your business associates?
I look for committed problem-solvers with integrity, a good attitude, drive, and tenacity. 

As someone at the top of your profession, what keeps you inspired or makes you hit the ground running in the morning?
I strive every day to make a positive difference in the world for my family, my team, my company, and our customers. 

About Jason Copeland:
An accomplished sales professional, Copeland joined SurePayroll in 2005 as the company's Accounting Channel Manager. In just three short years, Copeland led the channel to record growth of more than 113%. In 2008, Copeland moved into his role as National Sales Manager during which he rebuilt the company's sales training program. Over the next few years, Copeland was responsible for leading unprecedented growth. He was promoted to Senior Manager of the National Sales Group in 2011. Copeland is largely credited with his team's recognition as the Stevie Awards’ 2011 National Sales Team of the Year. Prior to joining SurePayroll, Copeland worked in various sales and sales management positions for RPS, Advantage, Paychex, and Enterprise.

About SurePayroll:

SurePayroll, The Online Alternative, is dedicated to providing a convenient and easy-to-use small business payroll service that keeps business owners in control. Over 30,000 customers rely on SurePayroll to process payroll-on-demand in as little as two minutes. In addition, SurePayroll offers efficient online solutions for managing 401(k) plans, health insurance, workers' compensation, employee screening, and more. SurePayroll provides private-label and co-branded services that enable accountants and banking partners to offer online payroll processing to their small business clients. SurePayroll is a wholly owned subsidiary of Paychex. For more information, please visit

About Paychex:
Paychex, Inc. (NASDAQ:PAYX) is a leading provider of payroll, human resource, and benefits outsourcing solutions for small- to medium-sized businesses. The company offers comprehensive payroll services, including payroll processing, payroll tax administration, and employee pay services, including direct deposit, check signing and Readychex®. Human resource services include 401(k) plan recordkeeping, section 125 plans, a professional employer organization, time and attendance solutions, and other administrative services for business. A variety of business insurance products, including group health and workers' compensation, are made available through Paychex Insurance Agency, Inc. Paychex was founded in 1971. With headquarters in Rochester, New York, the company has more than 100 offices serving approximately 536,000 payroll clients nationwide as of May 31, 2010. For more information about Paychex and its products, visit

Topics: customer service awards, stevie awards, Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service, sales awards, Jason Copeland, SurePayroll, Paychex