“Allowing and encouraging us to look at business differently and more aggressively has been a factor in our growth.”

Walker-Miller Energy Services


Year founded


Employees and growing


Average growth rate over the past 3 years


Received Michigan Woman Owned Small Business of the Year Award

Initial Situation

After 18 years of private sector corporate experience, Carla Walker-Miller decided to open her own business in the heart of Detroit, Michigan. Carla’s background in Civil Engineering and her passion for energy and underserved communities led her to open Walker-Miller Energy Services in 2000.

How the SBDC helped

Carla began working with the SBDC in 2008 after suffering a major loss in business during the real estate crisis. Access to capital became an issue, and the company needed a major line of credit to purchase and install equipment. Since the business is mostly service based, it did not have a lot of collateral. Walker-Miller and the Southeast Michigan SBDC worked together to receive the necessary line of credit, allowing Walker-Miller to purchase equipment needed to continue growing the business.


Carla has grown her business from 5 to 112 full-time employees, and continued growth is projected. A sought-after speaker on issues relating to energy as well as an advocate for the city of Detroit, Walker-Miller is determined to bring underserved populations into the important energy dialogue.

8045 2nd Ave
Detroit, MI 48202
(313) 366-8535

Carla Walker-Miller is a strategic and interdisciplinary businesswoman with an eye for innovation and growth. Walker-Miller Energy Services provides energy audit and efficiency services to commercial, residential, school and government facilities. Committed to energy waste reduction, the company also provides and installs energy saving technologies, such as LED lighting for utility companies and commercial customers.

“After coming out of corporate America, I wanted to build a business that valued people,” Walker-Miller said. “I feel that with the employees we have right now, they all know that we value them.”

Carla Walker-Miller started her company in 2000, and it has evolved throughout its existence. They now employ 115 individuals in the Detroit area, and have averaged 40% growth for the past three years. A strong advocate for the city of Detroit, Walker-Miller Energy Services has received many awards, including Crain’s Detroit’s 18 Coolest Places to Work, Michigan 50 Companies to Watch, Habitat for Humanity’s 2014 Community Partner of the Year and most recently, the SBDC Main Street USA award.

“Allowing and encouraging us to look at business differently and more aggressively has been a factor in our growth,” Walker-Miller said.