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Strategic Planning / Relationship Management

Dynamic, resourceful business strategist with 9 years of demonstrated success in creating and managing impactful programs that strengthen organizational success, and a strong record of community leadership. A quick learner, experienced presenter, and thorough analyst with strengths in interpersonal and written communications. Core competencies include:  

  • Plan/Program Development
  • Business Capacity Analysis
  • Team Building
  • Client Relations
  • Organizational Leadership
  • High-Impact Presentations

Functional Highlights

Situation Analysis

  • Determined needs assessments to identify client service requirements and solutions for business growth.
  • Performed financial underwriting which included analyzing business and financial plans, and writing recommendation memos.
  • Performed process analysis including evaluating internal business practices, and captured voice of product stakeholders to ensure business practice relevance.

Plan Development/ Program Management

  • Developed strategic business and marketing plans for small to medium sized firms.
  • Drafted and organized proposals and applications on behalf of firms.
  • Designed curriculum, facilitated trainings and developed follow-up procedures.
  • Recruited and led cross-functional teams and committees - raised over $140,000 in cash pledges and in-kind donations.
  • Recruited and developed business accountability group to support solo entrepreneurs through various stages of business growth.

Relationship Management

  • Developed communications plan to promote membership (active and alumni) involvement at various levels.
  • Maintained client portfolio including managers and CEOs of small to medium sized firms.
  • Worked with membership organizations to lead teams in providing programming and incentives for up to a 250 person membership base.
  • Negotiated partnership to benefit local firms with business development services.

Presentations & Seminars

I have conducted seminars and presentations primarily on business plan development, business financing, and minority and woman business enterprise certifications at the following venues and forums:

  • 2007 Carolinas Minority Supplier Development Council Business Opportunity Conference, Charlotte, NC
  • 2007 Certifications Symposium, Greensboro, NC (Facilitator)
  • 2007 Financial Education Day, Jackson, NC
  • 2007-2008 NC Historically Underutilized Business Entrepreneurial Seminars, Raleigh, NC
  • 2008 Women's Entrepreneur Conference, Greensboro, NC
  • Alamance Community College, Graham, NC
  • Child Care Services, Fayetteville, NC
  • Fayetteville Tech Community College, Fayetteville, NC
  • Martin Community College, Williamston, NC
  • One Love Ministries, Durham, NC

Work experience

2005Present

Business Consultant

YB Consulting

Sole proprietor business consultancy providing business plan development, organizational structuring and general business advisory to local firms.

Selected Achievements:

¨Developed business plan for a $1 million+ Construction Company to diversify their business from solely residential to include more commercial and government projects.

¨Negotiated partnership to provide services for clients of local business incubator resulting in stronger positioning for client financing.

¨Conducted business development and marketing through networking and service activities increasing number of relationships by 10%.

20062008

Business Consultant

North Carolina Institute of Minority Economic Development

Provided business, marketing, and financial plan solutions to firms in start-up and expansion phases. Conducted seminars monthly on business planning, understanding financial statements, or pursuing financing.

Selected Achievements:

¨Analyzed business and financial plans, and performed financial underwriting to evaluate firms for viable financial deals resulting in more than $500,000 in approved start-up financing.

¨Received “very good” to “excellent” feedback on all trainings facilitated within general population.

¨Performed needs assessments to identify client service needs and solutions for over 80 clients which provided direction in their business development.

¨Wrote two research papers analyzing business partnership types and the success of woman-owned firms.

20042004

Domestic Product Development Intern/Associate Program Manager

FedEx Services

Developed internal enrichment product for the team leads of a best of breed new product development process. Evaluated current methods and captured voice of product stakeholders to ensure relevance.

Selected Achievements:

¨Presented product to senior management for direct implementation.Results supported corporate goal of 21% reduction in product time-to-market.

¨Co-managed executive training program at the University of Memphis for FedEx managers.

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Education

20032005

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina

Recipient of Integrity Core Value Award. 2nd Place Team Captain, Executive Leadership Council/Goldman Sachs 2005 Business Case Competition. Vice President of Student Activities, MBA Student Association - recruited and led cross-functional 16 member volunteer committee to raise $135,000 from 72% of MBA class for school endowment - a three-time increase over previous year's results. Alumni Relations Chair, Alliance of Minority Business Students. Participated in South Africa Global Immersion.

19951999

Bachelor of Science

George Brooks Scholar. MU Executive Board Member of the Year, National Society of Black Engineers. Recruitment Chair, United Way/MU Student Day of Caring.

Skills

MS Excel
MS Powerpoint

Certifications

2006Present

Economic Development Finance Professional Certificate

National Development Council
2006Present

Implementing a System for High Quality Service: Building Adaptive Minority Businesses Certificate

Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and Minority Business Development Agency