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Blessing 'Yemi' Mobolade

Recent Work History

May 2019Present

Small Business Development Administrator

City of Colorado Springs

I serve as City’s first point of contact to the entrepreneurial and small business community. I am the central figure in the City to support business enterprises across the myriad agencies, putting a strategy in place to assist small businesses.

July 2017May 2019

Vice President, Business Retention & Expansion

Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce & EDC

I work to support and promote the continued growth of Colorado Springs' many existing employers. Business retention and expansion strategies include demonstrating support to businesses, understanding and responding to their needs, and receiving feedback to address local issues that detract from a healthy business climate in which local business can prosper and grow. 

September 2017

Co-Founder

Good Neighbors Meeting House

I co-founded Good Neighbors Meeting House, a specialty café in the Patty Jewett neighborhood.  Good Neighbors employs a strong team of twenty staff members with a bent towards talent and professional development.

July 2015July 2017

Co-Founder & Executive Director

COSILoveYou/CityServe

I co-founded and served as the executive director of a citywide collaborative initiative to catalyze thousands of people into long-term community engagement.  COSILoveYou brings together faith-based organizations, local government, private, and non-profit organizations over a common mission of city flourishing and impact.  I provided oversight to four steering teams, a project manager, and an executive team of leaders.  I oversaw the organization's budget, finances, and operations. 

July 2015July 2017

City Engagement Director

First Presbyterian Church Colorado Springs

I was responsible for creating, stimulating and nurturing a culture of mission and service among the members, staff, and volunteers, to help meet the physical and emotional needs in the city of Colorado Springs.  I led, mobilized, and directed opportunities for over two thousand people into community outreach and service.

November 2013July 2015

Co-Founder & Chief Ethos Officer

The Wild Goose Meeting House

I co-founded and co-operated The Wild Goose Meeting House, one of the first specialty cafés in the downtown area.  The Wild Goose is a pioneer of the Colorado Springs downtown renaissance.  Our covert mission was citywide business development by supporting other local business development.  I served as the chief vision officer and guardian of the “Goose” culture.  I supervised the managers, providing professional development.  I oversaw the company's finances.

Education

2018

Basic Economic Development Course (Pursing a CEcD)

International Economic Development Council
Aug 2010May 2015

M.A. Intellectual Leadership

A.W. Tozer Theological Seminary

Train students to serve as leading thinkers in the culture.

May 2004Aug 2006

M.S. Management and Leadership

Indiana Wesleyan University

Prepare students for upper-level management positions in a variety of industries.

Aug 1996May 2001

B.A. Business Administration

Bethel College
Aug 1996May 2001

B.S. Computer Information System

Bethel College

RELATED ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • Workforce Action Team: The availability of skilled labor remains a major challenge for most businesses.  In response, I convened and provided leadership to the region's first workforce alliance leadership group to address unmet industry needs and potential opportunities.  The Workforce Action Team convenes all workforce systems, partners, programs, and initiatives of Pikes Peak Region under one centralized access point to ensure students, job seekers, and workers have access to meaningful careers, and businesses have access to skilled talent.  I facilitated the region's first Strategic Plan to organize, prioritize, and catalyze initiatives that will build upon and improve the overall workforce climate of the Pikes Peak region.  I provided ongoing leadership to the action plan teams
  • HOMEGROWN Program: Without prior experience, I created a successful  Business Retention and Expansion Program from ground up.  Branded HOMEGROWN, the  program was designed to maximize the production of jobs locally grown in the Pikes Peak Region.  Through on-site visits, surveys, community collaboration, story-telling, demonstrating support, and problem solving, HOMEGROWN identified business expansion opportunities and potential threats.  In addition, provide business assistance opportunities and incentive programs, link business executives with information, resources, networks and technology, and work to improve the business climate to grow and expand existing local business and industry.
  • City Agencies for Small Business Advancement: Entrepreneurs are often unaware of regulatory expectations required for establishing their businesses, which hinders progress and creates financial burden.  In response to the challenges, I created the City Agencies for Small Business Advancement task force, a collective of City of Colorado Springs and El Paso County departments, Colorado Springs Utilities, and business advocates and resources including the Pikes Peak Small Business Development Corporation and Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC. The collective exists to proactively assist and provide solutions to small businesses, thereby shaping the future of how businesses navigate the various processes while improving the narrative that our city agencies exist to assist.  A key outcome of this work is the city's first step-by-step business map to guide entrepreneurs from business conception to birth.
  • Pikes Peak Business and Education Alliance: The creation of the Pikes Peak Business & Education Alliance (PPBEA) arose out of a need to organize and streamline the process of engaging 17 school districts with industry needs and opportunities.  PPBEA represents the K-12 schools of the Pikes Peak region as one entity to the needs of the employers.  The alliance focuses on cooperation, collaboration, sharing information, supporting work-based learning priorities and in-demand job occupations.  The cooperation of this naturally competitive group was due in large part to my collaborative leadership prowess.
  • Relationships with Elected Official: I built positive working relationships and trust with elected officials including state, county, and city government officials, government agencies, and trade organizations. I leveraged the support of elected officials to improve perceptions of the community as a place to do business, inspired trust between business and community, and demonstrated the community's appreciation for its existing businesses.

Skills

SERIAL COLLABORATOR

I am highly skilled at channeling city-wide change by bringing diverse stakeholders together and collaborating across various faculties including government, business, philanthropy, and non-profit organizations.

FUTURIST

Possibilities of the future fascinate me.  I am a dreamer who envisions what could be.  I continually envision a better world and energize others with visions of their future.

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

I am a natural developer of people and passionate about leveraging the most valuable asset of our society.

NETWORKING

Demonstrated ability to build rapport with diverse populations and across cultures and societal sectors in a mutually beneficial way.  I have a natural skill of 'breadth of relationships' and well  very connected, from civic leaders to non profit leaders, and leaders in the private sector.  

SPEAKING

I am gifted communicator in in large and small group settings,  including classrooms, conferences, seminars, and keynote speaking.

BRAND AMBASSADOR

Proven brand ambassador and will represent the city's corporate identity in appearance, demeanor, values and ethics.  I am well suited to serve as a positive spokesperson for the City while keeping my leaders informed on all issues. 

SUPERVISORY EXPERIENCE

I have over fifteen years of management experience, including department, program, and organization oversight.  My management style has a natural lean towards leadership and professional development