SBC Team Profiles

Staff:


Della Lawson is the Staff Assistant for the Small Business Center. In addition to her enthusiastic personality she has over twenty years experience in administration and customer service. She assists small business owners and clients by explaining SBC services and connecting them with resources including coordinating one on one counseling sessions. See my LinkedIn profile.

 

perry
Nell Perry began her service to the Small Business Center Network in October 1996 and has attained SBC Director Level 3 certification. She currently is serving as the Coordinator of the Small Business Center and provides assistance with all aspects of scheduling, training and counseling services. See my LinkedIn profile.

 

Allan Younger
Allan Younger is the Director of the Small Business Center serving Forsyth and Stokes counties. He is responsible for strengthening operations and services, enhancing support to small businesses, and providing community advocacy. His desire is to positively impact the confidence of small business owners regarding their ability to succeed.  See my LinkedIn profile.

 

Ambassadors:

Audrey Blackburn
Audrey Walker Blackburn is the founder of Blackburn Consulting, an accounting and business consulting practice specializing in small businesses and nonprofits. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business from University of Phoenix and a Master of Accountancy degree from Gardner-Webb University. Audrey has over 18 years of experience in accounting and nonprofits with a diverse set of skills. She is well versed in the nonprofit world and enjoys helping small businesses and nonprofits succeed.  See my LinkedIn profile.

Kelly Ford
Kelly Ford works with business owners to protect their investment as well as their identity. Her goal is to help them thrive. This is made possible through various resources, which include a large network of law firms in each state in the US. She also provides assistance through a variety of professional groups, including “The Network” her networking group which promotes, edification, education and positivity. See my LinkedIn profile.

Sabrina Gatewood
Sabrina Gatewood is an agent licensed to sell insurance through Nationwide.  Additionally, she is a Registered Representative of and offers securities products & services through Nationwide Securities, LLC.  She offers a variety of products that can help you meet a number of insurance and financial needs, including, but not limited to college funding, retirement, managing costs for extended periods of care and lifetime income strategies.  See my LinkedIn profile.

Raina Haque
Raina Haque is the founder and lead attorney of Erdős Intellectual Property Law, the area’s pioneer law firm that serves the need of small businesses and startups.  She served as counsel to major healthcare and research institutions, biotech and tech startups, and small businesses.   She clerked in the United States Bankruptcy Court in the Middle District of North Carolina where she analyzed business litigation and drafted precedent-setting legal opinions that became the law of the Federal Middle District of North Carolina.   Prior to joining the legal profession, she was a business analyst and software engineer at a major Wall Street financial firm in New York City, New York. She was a research fellow at the National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences in the Neurotoxicology and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance labs.  See my LinkedIn profile.

Jeff Neelon
Jeff Neelon is president of ARCpoint Labs of Winston-Salem a toxicology lab that does tests for businesses, the judicial and individuals. He has experience in starting and running an investment management office. A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he has worked with the marketing, planning and budgeting of a small business. He also has experience in fundraising for non-profits. See my LinkedIn profile.

Angela Wilder
Angela Wilder is an author, counselor, speaker, and community service & non-profit advocate. Her life experience combined with her psychology education puts her in a unique position to understand the challenges that her clients face. She understands and respects their need for absolute confidentiality. People seek her coaching because they know that when she “talks the talks” it is because she has “walked the walk.”  See my LinkedIn profile.

 

Business Counselors/Mentors:

Monti Beasley
Specialties: Presentation Skills, Retail, and Team Development
Monti Beasley is currently a professor at UNC-Greensboro and ForsythTech Community College, with teaching competencies that include introduction to communication, small group communication, leadership communication, team building, and public speaking. Beasley graduated with a Masters in Communication Studies from UNC-Greensboro and has also owned and operated multiple retail businesses and worked in the non-profit sector. She is especially passionate about building self confidence in public speaking. See my LinkedIn profile.

Audrey Blackburn
Specialties:  Accounting, Social Media and Non-profit Startup & Management
Audrey Walker Blackburn is the founder of Blackburn Consulting, an accounting and business consulting practice specializing in small businesses and nonprofits. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business from University of Phoenix and a Master of Accountancy degree from Gardner-Webb University. Audrey has over 18 years of experience in accounting and nonprofits with a diverse set of skills. She is well versed in the nonprofit world and enjoys helping small businesses and nonprofits succeed.  See my LinkedIn profile.

blaylock
Specialties: Marketing & Sales – Existing businesses
Jim Blaylock is an independent sales consultant in the Triad. He helps small, medium and large companies grow their sales by finding new customers.  See my LinkedIn profile.

 

Jen Brown
Specialties:  Presentation Skills, Personal and Professional Pitch, Networking and Communication Skills
Jen Brown (Oleniczak) is a trainer, speaker and the Founder of The Engaging Educator, EE, a NYC, LA and Winston-Salem, NC based organization that teaches presentation, communication and social skills to business professionals through improv-based education. Through The Engaging Educator, her curriculum has reached over 20,000 non-actors, all working to better themselves and their skills. She specializes in finding and honing your personal style, as well as polishing presentations, speaking, networking and communication skills. Jen holds degrees and accreditation from Marquette University, City College of New York, St. Joseph’s University and Second City.   See my LinkedIn profile.

Tiffany Dodson
Specialties: Startups, Marketing & Product Launch
Tiffany Dodson has the pleasure of working on some of the world’s best-known brands during her marketing career: Miller Lite, Krispy Kreme, and Liberty Tax Service.  Additionally, Tiffany has deep roots in the franchise industry, ranging from senior roles at well-known international franchises, to receiving national recognition not only as a top performing franchisee but also as a master franchisee.  See my LinkedIn profile.

Eddie Drew
Specialties: Social Media and Marketing
Eddie Drew is the founder of Cruise Control Marketing and as an Internet marketer he possesses the ability to not just communicate but also connect with leaders and influential individuals. He has a keen eye for business development, entrepreneurship, and innovation that separates him from others in the marketing arena. His passion for digital marketing is always customer-centric, pleasurable, and customized to the specific business needs for more information go to www.ccmkting.com.


Specialties: Startups & IT Consulting, Financial Management
Balint Gaspar is an accomplished serial entrepreneur and the CFO of Sightsource, LLC, a “bleeding-edge” custom software development company, which he co-founded in 2009.  He has a decade of corporate experience, primarily focused in the financial services industry.  Upon earning his MBA from Wake Forest, he launched his first business with a group of colleagues and friends in 2004.  Other endeavors involve(d) commercial real-estate; SaaS; consulting and even working with independent publishing companies.  See my LinkedIn profile.

Ruben G.
Specialties:  Business Plans, Retail, Food Services
Ruben Gonzales is the former Director of Development for the City of Winston-Salem where he was responsible for directing a series of programs instrumental in developing much of the new downtown business and arts district. Over the past 15 years Ruben helped over 100 businesses to open in the City. Ruben retired from the City and is now assisting new and expanding businesses offering consulting services in business planning for entrepreneurs, start-up business assistance, and funding opportunities. His current contracts include the N.C. Community College system, the Veterans Affairs- Veterans Business Out Reach Center and the Piedmont Triad Regional Council of Governments/SBA 504 Loan Program.  You can reach Ruben at through his website www.businessplanforstartup.com and See my LinkedIn profile.

Raina Haque
Specialties: Trademarks, Copyrights, Patents, and Contracts Related to Inventions and Creations
Raina Haque is the founder and lead attorney of Erdős Intellectual Property Law, the area’s pioneer law firm that serves the need of small businesses and startups.  She served as counsel to major healthcare and research institutions, biotech and tech startups, and small businesses.   She clerked in the United States Bankruptcy Court in the Middle District of North Carolina where she analyzed business litigation and drafted precedent-setting legal opinions that became the law of the Federal Middle District of North Carolina.   Prior to joining the legal profession, she was a business analyst and software engineer at a major Wall Street financial firm in New York City, New York. She was a research fellow at the National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences in the Neurotoxicology and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance labs.  See my LinkedIn profile.

Jim Hogan
Specialties: Accounting, Budgeting and Business Plans
Jim Hogan is the Chief Financial Officer for Advanced Home Care, located in High Point, NC. Jim is a CPA with a BS in Accounting from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He has more than 25 years of experience as a financial executive and has served as a financial counselor with Crown Financial Ministries.
See my LinkedIn profile.

Fay Horwitt
Specialties: Women’s Entrepreneurship, Inclusive Entrepreneurship, Minority Entrepreneurship, Social Enterprise
Fay Horwitt understands and counsels to the specific needs of women and minority entrepreneurs. She offers over 20 years of experience and expertise in the areas of startups, marketing, product development, branding, media and marketing. Her work in the local community is dedicated to offering services and creating programming that helps ensure ALL people have equal access, ability, and opportunity to pursue their personal, professional, and financial goals through entrepreneurship.
See my LinkedIn profile.

Andrea Johnson
Specialties:  Financial Management and Business Creation for profit and non-profit
Dr. Andrea Johnson is the founder of ANJ Consulting Services, specializing in the area of financial management (credit repair, money management, and debt management). She has over 15 years of experience working in nonprofit organizations and assisting individuals with business development (nonprofit and for-profit). Dr. Johnson holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in sociology (North Carolina A&T State University and North Carolina State University respectively), a doctoral degree in Leadership Studies from North Carolina A&T State University, as well as a certificate in financial planning from the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ Professional Education Program through Wake Forest University. See my LinkedIn profile.

Bob Lassiter
Specialties:  Budgets, Business Modeling & Profit/Cash Flow Projections
Bob Lassiter
is a recently retired Director of Financial Planning and Analysis. with a 30+ year financial career in branded apparel at HanesBrands and then in aviation maintenance repair & overhaul at Haeco Americas. He managed the financial planning & analysis process including annual budgets, interim projections, financial performance/KPI tracking, capital project justification and M&A due diligence.  See my LinkedIn profile.

Jodi Lohman
Specialties:  Reference USA, Resources and data bases
Jody Lohman is a Reference Librarian at the Information Services Department of Forsyth County Public Library in Winston-Salem, NC. She received her Masters Degree in Library Science from State University of New York at Albany, and has worked as a librarian in colleges and public libraries in New York, Massachusetts, Florida, and North Carolina. While Ms. Lohman specializes in Business, Nonprofit and Career information, she also provides general reference and research services on a daily basis. One of her greatest joys as a librarian is when someone is awed and amazed at discovering what is available for FREE from the public library! See my LinkedIn profile.

Bruce Maxwell
Specialties:  Financial Plans and Investor Pitches
Bruce Maxwell founded his first company in 1991 and grew it to $40 million in revenues and 450 employees. He has since helped to launch another 82 companies. He is a specialist in organizing and funding new ventures, devising business models, constructing pro forma projections and developing go-to-market strategies. He is a passionate advocate for the impact that developing a positive culture can have on a business. Bruce holds a BA from Swarthmore college and an MBA from Stanford University. See my LinkedIn profile.

Jon Mayhugh
Specialties:  Small Business Legal Consultation, Small Business Financing, Non-Profits
Jon Mayhugh is an attorney whose practice is focused on counseling startups and small businesses at any stage. Jon is a graduate of the Wake Forest School of Law, a fellow with the Wake Forest Community Law and Business Clinic, and Veterans Legal Clinic. He has extensive experience helping small business and entrepreneurs limit their legal risks, and put them in the position to obtain private financing. Prior to becoming an attorney, Jon was a senior associate with Morgan Stanley Investment Management in New York and was a director at a mid-size hunger focused non-profit in Fort Myers, Florida.  See my LinkedIn profile.

Antonio McCoy
Specialties:  Strategic Leadership, Strategic Planning & Succession Planning
Antonio McCoy is a Certified Platinum Business Coach. He holds an MBA and is currently pursuing his doctorate degree in business(DBA) with a focus in entrepreneurship. Antonio specializes in providing guidance with strategic planning, strategic leadership and helping CEO’s make their business more attractive for exit/succession. See my LinkedIn profile.

Ray Mitchell
Specialties:  Web Design and Lead Generation
Ray Mitchell
describes himself as “an ex-Fortune 500 guy who gave it up to become a small-business guy who helps other small-business guys in their quest to become Fortune 500 guys.” After more that 20 years in the financial services industry, he started two businesses and uses the lessons learned to help other business owners and non-profit organizations.   See my LinkedIn profile.

Tonya Monteiro
Specialties:  Business Startup & Strategies
Tonya Monteiro
has provided consulting services to an array of clients which includes strategic brand development and project management for an independent record label and artists, planning and program development services to a nonprofit organization to assist with the creation of a business resource center, and provide oversight of site content development, infrastructure, and web related projects (online marketing and ecommerce) for nonprofits and small businesses.   See my LinkedIn profile.

patterson
Specialties:  Non-Profit and Grant Writing
Calvin F. Patterson is the Chairman and CEO of Earnest Harvest LLC.  He is also the Host/Producer of “Empowering You”(public affairs radio program on WSNC 90.5 FM).  He is the former Board of Trustee and Vice Chairman for Community Relations of the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Arts Council and former Board of Trustee, Secretary, Vice-Chairman, and Chairman of Historic Bethabara Park.  His favorite saying is “Luck is where opportunity meets preparation.”  See my LinkedIn profile.

snow
RETIRED:  Join us in celebrating his 30 years of service to the Small Business Center !!!!!!
After high school, Bill Snow served in the Air Force during the Korean War. He used the Korean GI Bill to get his undergraduate degree in 1956. He went to work for Price Waterhouse CPA Firm in Chicago. After two years, he went to graduate school at the University of Iowa and started to work for Westinghouse Electric Co. After several assignments in manufacturing, he entered management in the Internal Audit Department.  After five years in several locations, he spent two years on the financial policies and procedures staff at Pittsburgh headquarters on several projects.  His final assignment was as controller for the startup of the Westinghouse Turbine Components plant and then retirement.  He started his second career as a tax accountant with H&R Block Executive Tax Service for 15 years and then he retired.

Richard Talbot
Specialties:  Business Leadership, Customer Service and Sales
Richard Talbot is an accomplished international consultant with more than 30 years experience in training, coaching and public speaking. Richard is committed to developing leaders of excellence and integrity by facilitating the individual awareness and skill development necessary for effective leadership in today’s diverse world. His work is known for its specialized customization and transformational results for personal and professional leadership development. Richard is a former minister, business consultant and international facilitator and product sales specialist for an innovative $4 billion dollar computer software company.  See my LinkedIn profile.

vann
Specialties: Startups, Business Management and Semi comfortable with non-profits
Dick Vann is the President of PostMark, Inc. in Winston Salem.  Dick started PostMark in 1992 after over 20 years in the Information Technology departments of large companies (Procter & Gamble and R J Reynolds Tobacco).  Dick has over 40 years of experience with all types of computers and data processing.  See my LinkedIn profile.


Steve Virgil is the Director of the Institute for Public Engagement at Wake Forest University.  He is responsible for the Community Law Clinic.  It provides law students with an opportunity to develop skills needed to practice.  Some of these students will answer our clients’ legal questions. See my LinkedIn profile.

Jeff Wolfe
Specialties:  Startups, Non-profits, and Legal
Jeff Wolfe is an attorney in the Winston-Salem office of the Forrest Firm, P.C. His practice areas cover the entire lifecycle of businesses and non-profits, including formation, financing, day-to-day contracts, and exits. See my LinkedIn profile.

 

Event Presenters:

Ja'net
Ja’Net Adams is the owner of EMACK Consulting L.L.C.  Ja’Net’s “Debt Sucks!” brand has grown into an international symbol for financial independence. She helps people with their finances so that they can start a small business or have more capital to invest in their existing business.  She also helps businesses establish an online presence in order to grow their brand. See my LinkedIn profile.

 

Audrey Blackburn
Audrey Walker Blackburn is the founder of Blackburn Consulting, an accounting and business consulting practice specializing in small businesses and nonprofits. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business from University of Phoenix and a Master of Accountancy degree from Gardner-Webb University. Audrey has over 18 years of experience in accounting and nonprofits with a diverse set of skills. She is well versed in the nonprofit world and enjoys helping small businesses and nonprofits succeed.  See my LinkedIn profile.

blaylock
Jim Blaylock is an independent sales consultant in the Triad. He helps small, medium and large companies grow their sales by finding new customers.  See my LinkedIn profile.

 

 

Kim DeWindt
Dr. Kimberly DeWindt is a psychologist, hypnotherapist and wholeness educator with 30+ years of professional experience. She has always embraced a holistic, positive and resourceful approach to life’s challenges and attainable solutions. She engages with others to help cultivate their curiosity, clarify their life purposes, clear true obstacles, and ignite ongoing commitment to their well-chosen endeavors. Healthful, reciprocal engagement with others and one’s environment is also promoted. In her assessment, this more uplifting approach promotes wellness, contentment, and success. See my LinkedIn profile.

Tim Dixon
Tim Dixon owns Solve, a Managed IT Services company in the Triad.  He resides in his hometown of Kernersville with his wife.  He enjoys teaching and speaking to help business owners stay ahead of the ever-changing technology curb. See my LinkedIn profile.

 

Eddie Drew
Eddie Drew is the founder of Cruise Control Marketing and as an Internet marketer he possesses the ability to not just communicate but also connect with leaders and influential individuals. He has a keen eye for business development, entrepreneurship, and innovation that separates him from others in the marketing arena. His passion for digital marketing is always customer-centric, pleasurable, and customized to the specific business needs for more information go to www.ccmkting.com.

Alyson Francisco
Alyson Francisco is the Mary Ardrey Stough Kimbrough Chair in Business and Economics at Salem College in Winston-Salem where she teaches finance, entrepreneurship and business planning. She also serves as the Director of the College’s Center for Women in Business where she fulfills her passion of developing women and helping them build skills for advancement in the professional world. Prior to higher education, she spent more than twenty-five years in the consumer packaged goods industry holding executive level positions in finance and customer operations with Sara Lee Corporation and Hanes Brands, Inc. She also is involved in the community through her work with the Center for Women in Business, as a board member of the Center for Creative Economy, a member of the Small Business Center Advisory Board, and member of the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem of Forsyth County. See my LinkedIn profile.

Ruben G.
Ruben Gonzales is the former Director of Development for the City of Winston-Salem where he was responsible for directing a series of programs instrumental in developing much of the new downtown business and arts district. Over the past 15 years Ruben helped over 100 businesses to open in the City. Ruben retired from the City and is now assisting new and expanding businesses offering consulting services in business planning for entrepreneurs, start-up business assistance, and funding opportunities. His current contracts include the N.C. Community College system, the Veterans Affairs- Veterans Business Out Reach Center and the Piedmont Triad Regional Council of Governments/SBA 504 Loan Program.  You can reach Ruben at through his website www.businessplanforstartup.com and See my LinkedIn profile.

T. Timogi Jackson
T. Timogi Jackson is The Empowerment Specialist. She is a Best Selling Author, Award Winning Speaker, Educator and Entrepreneur who travels the country facilitating keynotes, workshops, seminars  and lectures for high schools, colleges, universities and businesses.  Visit her website for more information at www.TimogiJackson.com and See my LinkedIn profile.

 

lint
Greta Lint brings 30 years of sales, marketing, media and public relations to the classroom, along with a strong background of teaching adults. A small business owner herself, she formed her company in 2003 to help festivals and events promote their activities. She expanded her services to work with small towns, universities, state agencies, arts councils, chambers of commerce, tourism offices, farmers, artists, retailers, restaurateurs and other small business owners. Greta is a published writer and has a strong working knowledge of TV, radio and print newsrooms, having worked in media outlets in Wilmington, Spartanburg, Hickory and Asheboro.  See my LinkedIn profile.

Steve Minnich
Steve Minnich has been a business broker, advisor, intermediary and attorney for more than 20 years.  He has represented and counseled clients in selling their businesses and in purchasing an operating business. He endeavors and desires to work only with business owners and clients of integrity, helping them to sell or buy businesses of integrity and exceptional value.  See my LinkedIn profile.

 

Jacqueline Morgan
Jacqueline Morgan is a web designer, trainer/teacher and marketing professional. She is president and owner of J Morgan Designs. She has created numerous websites for non-profit organizations, schools and small business owners. She is a graduate of High Point University and the University of Phoenix.  See my LinkedIn profile.

 

patterson
Calvin F. Patterson is the Chairman and CEO of Earnest Harvest LLC.  He is also the Host/Producer of “Empowering You”(public affairs radio program on WSNC 90.5 FM).  He is the former Board of Trustee and Vice Chairman for Community Relations of the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Arts Council and former Board of Trustee, Secretary, Vice-Chairman, and Chairman of Historic Bethabara Park.  His favorite saying is “Luck is where opportunity meets preparation.”  See my LinkedIn profile.

Emily Roels
Emily Roels is the Co-owner/founder of Essential Balanced Bodywork in Clemmons, N.C. In addition to her over 13 years experience as a successful licensed massage therapist, she is a holistic health coach certified by the Institute for Integrative Nutrition & the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. She has a passion and background to equip others with tools to use and an action plan for goals of balancing work, home, health & happiness.

Renae Simon
Renae Simon has over 12 years’ experience in business consulting, marketing and advertising, facilities management, special events management, and sales. She is a graduate of UNC-Greensboro. She is also a graduate of the REAL (Rural Entrepreneurship Action Learning) Institute and is a licensed facilitator of the course. Renae’s passion for training aspiring and established entrepreneurs in how to conduct the “business” of their business inspired her to establish her own company; Step-by-Step Businessolutions in Greensboro. See my LinkedIn profile.

smalls
Carl B. Smalls is a partner with Morgan Smalls Sports Consultants, LLC.   He is a graduate of Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government Program in Investment Decisions and Behavior Finance. Also, he has an MBA in Finance from Atlanta University Graduate School of Business.  See my LinkedIn profile.

 

whitt-smith
Dr. Janice Witt Smith is a leadership development, HR and management consultant, whose practice is headquartered in Charlotte, NC.  Dr. Smith is the owner and principal consultant and executive, business and career coach through J.W. Smith and Associates, LLC, and conducts leadership development workshops, classes and retreats addressing the needs and challenges of African-American and Women Leaders.  Dr. Smith has also been a faculty member for the UNC system for almost twenty years and currently is a Full Professor of Human Resource Management and Leadership Development at Winston-Salem State University. Her newest book is called “Leadership Presence, Polish and Panache. See my LinkedIn profile.

Angela Wilder
Angela Wilder is an author, counselor, speaker, and community service & non-profit advocate. Her life experience combined with her psychology education puts her in a unique position to understand the challenges that her clients face. She understands and respects their need for absolute confidentiality. People seek her coaching because they know that when she “talks the talks” it is because she has “walked the walk.”  See my LinkedIn profile.

williams
Wrenwyck Williams is an extremely effective life strategist who specializes in Executive, Personal, Health and Wellness, Spiritual coaching. He empowers you with a greater capacity to produce results and a greater confidence in your ability to do so.  He is also a highly recognized and award winning International Public Speaker (Toastmasters International-DTM) and Trainer. His inspirational messages and charismatic style has impacted the lives of thousands. See my LinkedIn profile.

Brian Wright
Brian Wright graduated cum laude from Elon University with a degree in business marketing. He served as President of Salem Auditing for 10 years and is currently the president and CEO of the Better Business Bureau. Businesses count on the BBB to distinguish their reputation and promote their business and connect with informed consumers.  Brian strives to connect proud businesses with happy consumers.

Gregg
Gregg Wright has 30 Years in the fields of sales and marketing. He found his calling in the Advertising World. He transferred to Greensboro from Phoenix with his family to start an office in the Triad with Web.com which is a worldwide leader in Internet Marketing. He teaches Advertising Solutions which is a continually evolving class that is kept up to date as the growing Advertising World changes. See my LinkedIn profile.

Allan Younger
Allan Younger is the Director of the Small Business Center serving Forsyth and Stokes counties. He is responsible for strengthening operations and services, enhancing support to small businesses, and providing community advocacy. His desire is to positively impact the confidence of small business owners regarding their ability to succeed. See my LinkedIn profile.