Jamaal joins the Michigan SBDC team as the Economic Inclusion Business Consultant, a new position created to advance one of the Michigan SBDC’s priorities, to provide outreach and service delivery to economically challenged communities. Jamaal comes to the Michigan SBDC with wealth of experience in business counseling, coaching and helping entrepreneurs in underserved markets access business resources. Jamaal is a former Senior Personal Banker with Huntington National Bank and recently a Microloan Program Manager with Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women in Grand Rapids. He holds a MBA from Western Michigan University. The Economic Inclusion Business Consultant position is very much in line with the Rising Tide Program being sponsored by the Michigan Department of Talent and Economic Development. The position is also in line with the US Small Business Administration focus in providing outreach and service delivery to entrepreneurs of all demographics, backgrounds and locations.
What does small business mean to you?
“The success of small business is vital to our local economy and has the power to transform communities by building wealth, creating jobs, and attracting investment to neighborhoods that are often overlooked. As small businesses grow and thrive in these underserved areas, we will be better equipped to resolve other issues that have negative impact on our communities.”