SBC Team Profiles

Staff:

Della Lawson
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:

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.

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.

blaylock
Specialties: Sales and marketing – Generate leads, attract prospects,
get your first customer

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.

 

Joy Dai
Joy Dai is an entrepreneur, world traveler, lifetime learner, and strategic advisor with a passion in solving business problems.  Joy has near 20 years of experience in consumer goods industry and three years in medical device industry.  She has a successful track record of new business development, revenue growth, and business turnaround.  Besides her sales leadership and execution expertise, she also has diverse experience in supply chain, business intelligence, and strategic planning.  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.

Danny Gelatt
Danny Gelatt manages and operates a local insurance agency. He has over 17 years of experience in the industry, combined between claims and sales. He loves working with business owners, helping them understand the risks involved in operating a business and how to best protect the business. His true passion is being a connector… connecting business owners who have a need with an expert who can help them.  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.

Taryn Jerez
Specialties: Branding, Content Marketing/Social Media, Creative & Handmade Business
Taryn Jerez is a creative business coach, blogger, and speaker with a heart centered on teaching and serving creative women who have a vision for their business and their life. She has extensive experience in everything from market research and brand awareness to product development and vendor relations. She’s a dedicated, motivated, and talented creative professional with experience working for Fortune 500 companies and diverse brands both big and small. She works to help you see the “why” behind what you’re doing and get you where you want to go. 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.

Chris Kelly
Chris Kelly guides growth companies needing broad skill sets to grow to the next stage, combining corporate development, finance, product development, acquisition integration, and global operations expertise. A veteran of 60 acquisitions, venture investments and strategic transactions across drug development, materials sciences, biotechnology, business services, information technology, and more. See my LinkedIn profile.

Anita Quarles LI
Specialties:  Accounting, Bookkeeping, QuickBooks, Tax, Financial Management and Budgeting
Anita Kiehl-Quarles is a CPA and is currently Managing Partner of A.Quarles CPA, PLLC, a local firm specializing in accounting, bookkeeping, outsourced payroll and tax services. Anita and her team service small to medium sized clients with all of their accounting needs. Anita has over 20 years’ experience in Public Accounting, Industry Controller and Chief Financial Officer positions. Anita received her Masters of Accounting degree, as well as, her Undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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.

Thad Lewallen
Specialties: Strategic Management, Marketing & Sales, General Accounting/Bookkeeping, Non Profit Development
Thad Lewallen is a full time Visiting Lecturer of Strategic Management at Wake Forest University. He was formerly VP of Marketing with Goody’s Pharmaceuticals and has small business startup expertise. He also has experience in non-profit Strategic Development & Fundraising. 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.

Reginald McCaskill
Specialties: Startups, Networking, Marketing and Presentation Skills Development
Reginald McCaskill retired as the Executive Director of the Piedmont Triad Regional Council Weatherization Program. He is also the President and CEO of Maximum Enterprises Inc. which is a business consulting firm in the Triad. Reginald has founded a number of events and activities in the Triad one being the Triad Minority Business Expo which brings minority companies together from around the Triad and the Triad Minority Business Connector which promotes minority businesses through a directory. He is very passionate about providing a sound outlet for minority businesses.

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.

Fuller Parham
Fuller Parham works with small to medium sized businesses and real estate investors to provide financing and banking solutions for their growing businesses and real estate portfolios. He is a Commercial Banking Officer with First Reliance Bank in Winston Salem. Fuller has over 12 years of experience in the banking and financial services industry where he has also served as a commercial loan underwriter, portfolio manager and credit risk officer. Fuller earned his MBA from Wake Forest University with a concentration in Finance and earned a BS in Business Administration from Appalachian State University with a majors in Finance/Banking and Risk Management/Insurance. In addition to these degrees, Fuller has also completed the Credit Risk Certification from the Risk Management Association.  See my LinkedIn profile.

Terry Rhoades
Specialties: Sales & Marketing; Sales Management, Strategic Planning and Leadership
Terry Rhoades has over 20 years of Sales and Sales Management experience encompassing several industries.  His career began in printing where he spent nearly 20 years in operations, management and sales.  In the late 1990’s Terry started an IT company in the Triad and most recently was in sales leadership with Blue Rhino as the Director of Sales Planning.  It was while at Blue Rhino he became familiar with Sandler Training and now continues his career with them.  See my LinkedIn profile.

Bob Summers
Specialties: Business Management, Marketing, & Strategic Planning
Bob Summers is an innovative, profit-oriented and top-performance driven International Business Executive with outstanding experience in developing grants and funding for institutions and starting, managing and growing technology companies worldwide. Proven team builder who creates new business by establishing strategic partnerships and alliances by utilizing personal strategic planning and effective implementation techniques. Excellent communication and people skills. Highly proficient at recognizing new opportunities, extracting the essentials and determining the best course of action to reach long-term profitability.  See my LinkedIn profile.

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.

Marviette Usher
Marviette Usher is an empowering speaker and consultant; passionately inspiring, motivating, equipping and supporting men and women to discover who they are and transform from the inside out. Primarily focusing on equipping business owners to ensure their outward presentation really conveys how they want potential clients to perceive them and their business.  See my LinkedIn profile.

 

vann
Specialties: Startups, Business Management and Semi comfortable with non-profits
Dick Vann is the Senior Advisor/Owner 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.

Kristie Wallis
Kristie Wallis is the president of Profoundly, a digital marketing and PR company focused on partnering with clients to grow their business. Kristie has more than 16 years of marketing experience with the common thread of getting clients’ message in front of key audiences — whether that’s through strategic websites, content marketing or public relations (or a combo of all three). Kristie has worked closely with a broad range of companies and organizations, from Bell, Davis & Pitt and biotech startups to E & J Gallo Winery and Donate Life North America. She’s passionate about the positive impact that businesses can make and helping nonprofits thrive. She currently serves as the vice chair of the Gateway Nature Preserve. See my LinkedIn profile.

Seth Wingate
Specialties: Startups & Marketing
Seth Wingate is the creative head and owner behind the video production company Twin City Media. Owning his business since 2014 has taught Seth successful video marketing isn’t just a green screen and effects, it’s about the heartbeat, it’s about clear communication, it’s about engagement. Seth’s current client list includes Cone Health, Dickies, UNCG, & Kernersville Chamber of Commerce. 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.

 

 

Nanyamka Farrelly
Nanyamka Farrelly is a top-performing communications, marketing and media relations executive with more than 15 years of experience and extensive knowledge of higher education administration. She has a proven record in envisioning and executing strategic communications, marketing, brand identity, public relations and media relations programs and campaigns. She is a transformational leadership trainer, speaker and coach with a keen ability to build collaborative relationships with stakeholders at all levels. She is a progressive servant leader committed to delivering desired outcomes. See my LinkedIn profile.

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.

Mary Ann Gerney
Mary Ann Gerney owns and operates her own company, taking on projects for clients, as well as developing businesses, mostly technology solutions, constantly updating skills to adapt to the changing technological environment. She is involved in developing websites using WordPress, for it’s content management capability, flexibility, and extensibility. 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.

 

greta 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.

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.

 

Shalisha Morgan
Shalisha Morgan, also known as “Geek In Heels”, is an IT Professional with over a decade of experience in hardware, software, and training. As a certified technician, she has supported the end‐user experience and contributed to several IT support protocols – utilized by many of today’s Fortune 500. She is also the 1st Female African American to own a sole proprietorship device repair business of its kind from Kansas City, KS.  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.

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.

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.