SBA T.H.R.I.V.E. Business Coaches

The role of the Coach in this program is to provide mentoring, support, and advisory council to participating business owners throughout the duration of the program, as they complete their 3-year strategic growth plans.


Get to know the Coaches shaping the future success of small business owners.



Find All Coaches Below
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Angela Ackerman

Business Psychologist

Cohort Location(s): Williston, VT | Boston, MA

​​As a business psychologist I am a trusted advisor who thrives on guiding businesses on their path to success... Read More

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Faris Alami

Founder and CEO of ISM

Cohort Location(s): Detroit, MI

As Founder and CEO of ISM, Faris Alami works with international leaders and entrepreneurs on strategies and implementations, to create an empowering environment for startups and existing businesses to prosper and grow. In the course of his career, Faris has been a special advisor and Entrepreneurial Ecosystem expert with the World Bank, a Business Advisor.... Read More

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Dr. Barbara Baggerly-Hinojosa

CEO of Leadership Empowerment Group

Cohort Location(s): Corpus Christi, TX | Greater Houston, TX | Harlingen, TX

Barbara Baggerly-Hinojosa, Ph.D. is a wife, mother, and educator living in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. She is a graduate of Our Lady of the Lake University with a Ph.D. in Leadership Studies. In addition, she holds an Associate of Arts degree in Education from McLennan Community College... Read More

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Tuesday P. Brooks

Finance Manager I Entrepreneur I Agent of Change

Cohort Location(s): New York, NY | Syracuse, NY

Tuesday P. Brooks, MBA is a business owner, educator, trusted tax & accounting advisor, and proud US veteran. Her role with a housing advocacy organization, boutique CPA tax firm, and private equity investment firm precipitated the launch of a financial management firm of her own in 2009. Her company, AJOY, is committed to improving profitability of micro and small business enterprises... Read More

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Janice Chaka

CEO at The Career Introvert

Cohort Location(s): Springfield, MA

Janice Chaka is a respected international HR professional, virtual business owner, author, introvert coach, and professional podcaster. Long before "working remote" was hip, she confidently led a remote recruiting team. Known as the Career Introvert, Janice excels at solving complex HR challenges, managing emotions, and setting boundaries as an introvert.... Read More

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Dr. Iris Ann Cooper aka “Dr. I”

Entrepreneurial Consultant

Cohort Location(s): Dayton, OH

Dr. Iris Ann Cooper’s career includes leadership positions in financial services, economic development, community service, communication, government, entrepreneurship, and education. Her education and experience led to the creation of “JustAskIris”, an entrepreneurial coaching firm with a focus on food products and enterprises... Read More

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Devin Craig

Devin Craig

Cohort Location(s): Anchorage, AK & Spokane, WA

Tuesday P. Brooks, MBA is a business owner, educator, trusted tax & accounting advisor, and proud US veteran. Her role with a housing advocacy organization, boutique CPA tax firm, and private equity investment firm precipitated the launch of a financial management firm of her own in 2009. Her company, AJOY, is committed to improving profitability of micro and small business enterprises... Read More

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Raymond Cyrus

Owner and President of R&C Coaching, Inc.

Cohort Location(s): Fargo, ND

Raymond Cyrus is the Owner and President of R&C Coaching, Inc., Business Coaching. He coaches CEOs, Presidents, and Owners to become experts at running their business instead of it running them. With over 30+ years of experience in the ‘Corporate Space’ at some of the top companies in the world, like GE, Tyco Healthcare, and E.I. DuPont, he uses simplicity to remove... Read More

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Donna Edge

CPA, Business Guide / Coach, and Profit Strategist

Cohort Location(s): Central Houston, TX | Greater Houston, TX

Donna Edge is a CPA with an entrepreneurial spirit. As a child, she loved creating businesses, but truth be told, never imagined being an “adult” entrepreneur. After getting her accounting degree, she worked for small firms before becoming a stay-at-home Mom. During her years at home.... Read More

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Dr. Jevonnah Ellison (Lady J)

Founder and President of the Entrepreneurial First Lady, LLC | Leading Business Coach

Cohort Location(s): Mobile, AL

Dr. Jevonnah "Lady J" Ellison is the Founder and President of The Entrepreneurial First Lady, LLC, a transformational leadership coaching company. Recently named "Small Business Person of the Year" by the Montgomery Chamber of Commerce and with nearly 18 years of coaching experience.... Read More

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Rodney Epps

CEO at Yellow Brick Road Digital Marketer

Cohort Location(s): Oklahoma City, OK

As CEO of Yellow Brick Road Digital Marketer, Rodney has gained traction in the Arizona area by offering a range of services for various clients - Yellow Brick Road Digital Marketing, which represents the golden standard in business, continues to search for answers along the winding road journey of building a successful business.... Read More

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Orlando Espinosa

Co-Founder Emineo Media

Cohort Location(s): Broward, FL | Miami, FL

Charisma and passion are hallmarks of Orlando Espinosa's approach to empowering business owners to grow their businesses. His most notable recent endeavor is as SBA Miami’s Emerging Leaders Instructor 2016 to present, which led to him becoming a top instructor with Interise, the organization whose Streetwise MBA curriculum is used for Emerging Leaders.... Read More

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Kellyann Few

Cohort Location(s): St. Thomas, USVI

Engineer, Program Manager, Transformative Leader, and Systems Management Business Coach Kellyann M. Few is a Civil/Environmental Engineer who has navigated the U.S. federal government for over 25 years designing management & organizational solutions. She promotes leadership, collaboration, systems management, and organizational change for success. .... Read More

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Eric Greene

Founder The Greenhouse Coaching | Executive Coach + Facilitator

Cohort Location(s): Colorado Springs, CO

Eric Greene is a proven executive and entrepreneur now specializing in business coaching + team facilitation. He pours 35 years of business experience into helping you thrive. Along the way, he was a Company President, C-Suite executive, Executive VP / Division GM... Read More

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Talia Christine Hansen

Business Consultant | Founder of Latigic LLC

Cohort Location(s): St. George, UT | Boise, ID

Talia Christine Hansen is the founder of Latigic LLC. She employs her business coaching, grant writing, copy, and graphic design talents to bring equitable services to underserved communities. She is acquiring a reputation as an instructor and coach that can break down business, branding, marketing, and financial concepts to empower business owners to make informed decisions. Latigic, Utah State University... Read More

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Dr. Justin Hiebert

Executive Success and Mindset Coach

Cohort Location(s): Ventura, CA

Justin Hiebert is an Executive Success and Mindset coach that helps small business owners navigate the complex world of business growth, personal development, and Human Resources... Read More

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Mark Hill

Managing Partner at MKP Inspired

Cohort Location(s): Little Rock, AR

Mark is the Managing Partner at MKP Inspired (Mind Knowledge Performance Inspired), a consultancy firm focused on economic and business development. He brings extensive experience in sales, marketing, and business development growth strategies. Mark is an acknowledged leadership coach holding three certifications in leadership development. An engineer by trade at British Aerospace, Mark graduated with an HNC from Guildford College in the United Kingdom. Shortly after graduating college... Read More

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Darrell Jones

Instructional Facilitator

Cohort Location(s): Charleston, SC

I have spent my entire working career in the Charleston area, including 20 years in commercial banking and owning my own businesses. Until retiring in August 2020, I was fortunate to work with the SC Small Business Development Centers and contribute to their mission of “assisting in the economic growth of South Carolina”.... Read More

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Terhea Jones

Emotional Well Being Coach | Servant Leader | Project Manager

Cohort Location(s): Corpus Christi, TX | Greater Houston, TX | Harlingen, TX

Terhea Jones, has over two decades of experience working with children, adults and non-profit organizations. She is taking her passion as a servant leader and utilizing proficient skills to promote collaboration, advocacy and change management delivery while teaching how to cultivate great talent for small business owners.... Read More

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Gabrielle Juliano-Villani

Founder GJV Consulting and Training LLC

Cohort Location(s): Orlando, FL

Gabrielle is a licensed clinical social worker living in Sarasota, FL. She has a Bachelor of Social Work and Master of Social Work degree from Metropolitan State University of Denver. Gabrielle has been in the mental health field since 2011, and private practice since 2017 where she focused on working with clients who had experienced grief and loss, chronic health issues, trauma, anxiety, depression, and burnout. ... Read More

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Lisa McGinty

Professional Trainer and Educator

Cohort Location(s): Birmingham, AL

Lisa McGinty is a Professional Trainer and Educator, Organizational and Business Development Consultant, Business and Leadership Coach, and Ecosystem Builder. Having started her own small business at age 14, her passion has focused on developing the small business sector of the economy in the greater Central Alabama area.... Read More

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Sandy Merritt

Business Coach and Employee Engagement Advisor

Cohort Location(s): Louisville, KY

Sandy uses her experience as a business executive and business owner to support growing businesses. She has an extensive background in management, human resources, and systems design. In addition to being a Certified Business Coach, Sandy is a certified Employee Engagement Advisor, and she is certified in DISC and Motivators Assessments... Read More

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David Moody

Startup Coach

Virtual Niche Coach

David is the founder of Jacksson David LLC, a business consulting firm, former Deputy Director of the U.S. Small Business Administration in Arkansas and a NASA guy. He served for 13 years in the aerospace industry as a program analyst, manager and consultant for the Shuttle, Space Lab and Space Station programs... Read More

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Rich Mostert

CEO of Leadership Empowerment Group

Cohort Location(s): Fresno, CA

Rich Mostert has been an active participant in the community development, economic development, non-profit and fundraising arenas for over forty years. Rich moved to the Central Valley in 1986 and began a very successful career in economic, business, and community development... Read More

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George Mui

Managing Partner Global Consultants United

Cohort Location(s): Chicago, IL

George Mui is a global strategist. He develops strategies for corporations, small businesses, government agencies and non-government organizations with a keen focus on domestic and international partnerships and collaboration. His area of focus is the Asia market. Leveraging his extensive global experience, George also serves on the Advisory boards for companies and organizations with international trade focus... Read More

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Dr. Wendy Munday-Sahatjian

Executive Coach, Consultant, and Associate Professor

Cohort Location(s): Wichita, KS | Rapid City, SD

Dr. Wendy Munday-Sahatjian is a top executive coach, consultant, and Associate Professor and tenured faculty member teaching in the School of Business at Newman University, a private non-profit Catholic liberal arts university in Wichita, Kansas. From 2010 to 2018, Dr. Munday-Sahatjian directed the MBA program at Newman University... Read More

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Julie Percell

Cohort Location(s): Honolulu County, HI

Certified business coach/consultant/instructor in Hawaii. As an entrepreneur, she has owned her own business for more than thirty years. She has developed curriculum for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, the Immigrant Center of Hawaii, the Small Business Development Center of Hawaii, Long Term Care for the Executive Office on Aging and the University of Hawaii Community College Adult Education system. ... Read More

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Danielle Rees

Managing Partner Audacity Institute

Cohort Location(s): Las Vegas, NV | Reno, NV

Danielle Rees is a serial entrepreneur and investor passionate about helping underserved entrepreneurs grow their companies. The daughter of a tech entrepreneur, she grew up in Silicon Valley and her first job was selling concessions for a small women-owned business. After graduating with a BA from Stanford and a Master in Public Health from UC Berkeley... Read More

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Teresa Savini

Business Coach | Real Estate Professional | Business Owner

Cohort Location(s): Jacksonville, FL

Teresa is an Entrepreneur, Business Coach, and a Realtor. She spent over 25 years working in Executive Level Global Technology positions for multiple companies. Her experience in the corporate world has driven her passion for helping Entrepreneurs and Business Owners reach their goals. She has successfully led and implemented... Read More

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Ken Sevick

Owner of Ken Sevick Coaching and ActionCOACH of Western PA.
Certified Business, Executive, and Team Coach


Cohort Location(s): Columbus, OH & | Youngstown, OH

Ken has been coaching business owners, CEO's and their teams for over 18 years. He is a certified business, executive, and team coach. Ken has coached businesses in over 60 different industries from family businesses to global corporations. He has over 11,000 hours coaching owners... Read More

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Sharif Small

Tax Accountant, Business Instructor and Consultant Professional

Cohort Location(s): Baltimore, MD/p>

Tax Accountant, Business Instructor and Consultant Professional, 15+ years of teaching business start-ups, tax structures, marketing, business strategies, financial resources, and coaching experience. Strong Level of Conducting Entrepreneurship Workshops and Small Business Technical Assistance. ... Read More

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Mark Steinke

Elite Business Coach for Business Owners

Cohort Location(s): King of Prussia, PA | Portland, ME

Mark R. Steinke of Focal Point Business Coaching of Pennsylvania, has Twenty Five years’ experience as a Business Leader, Business Coach, Executive and Entrepreneur that provides business owners with More Profits, Stronger Teams, More Time, and More Control while allowing them.... Read More

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Kelly Tweedale

Founder of Break the Tape Leadership | Strategist | Executive Leadership Coach

Cohort Location(s): Portland, OR | Seattle, WA

Kelly Tweeddale’s career has been dedicated to leading high performance organizations throughout North America with one focal point: connecting people and businesses through creativity. She is recognized for forging paths of notable growth through strategy, action, and innovation... Read More

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Soraya Van Horn

CEO, Van Horn Ventures LLC

Cohort Location(s): Indianapolis, IN | St. Louis, MO

Soraya Van Horn, CEO, Van Horn Ventures LLC where she supports busy CEOs to help them identify and compete to win federal government contracts. An East. St. Louis native, she has deep roots in the Indianapolis community, and an avid business matchmaker and active advisory member on a few nonprofit boards. She created vPro Academy to help provide an 'evergreen' training environment... Read More

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Tess Vergara

Business and Leadership Development Coach

Cohort Location(s): Milwaukee, WI | Minneapolis, MN

Business and Leadership Development Coach since 2013 with 25+ years in Accounting and Finance, 10+ years as a Financial Controller. Tess works both independently and in partnership with local and international entrepreneurial development agencies to deliver customized education and training for business owners, CEOs, and executives of small companies well poised for growth and success... Read More

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Andre Whittington

CEO at Opemia Consulting

Cohort Location(s): Albuquerque, NM & Phoenix, AZ

Andre Whittington is the CEO & Founder of Opemia Consulting, LLC, located in downtown Phoenix, AZ. He is also a Contributing Author for Entrepreneur Media where he writes articles to inspire and motivate entrepreneurs. As a CEO of Opemia Consulting, LLC, Andre was able to triple annual year over year revenue and expand Opemia Consulting’s client portfolio internationally for the first time in 2021... Read More

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Floyd Williams

Executive Coach | Organizational Leadership Trainer | Speaker

Cohort Location(s): Atlanta, GA

Floyd Williams is a nationally recognized executive and business coach, trainer, author and speaker. Drawing from his own experience as both a former corporate leader and successful business owner, Floyd has mastered the ability to challenge individuals to reach for their greatest personal bests. As a certified business and executive coach, he teaches business owners and executives to find the passion and purpose in their work to unleash productivity and performance.... Read More

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Lisa Yu

Crypto and tech investor, executive coach, activation coach, and community leader

Cohort Location(s): San Diego, CA

BLisa Yu is an angel investor, entrepreneur, and advisor to startups and business owners. She is the former Founder & CEO of Officebook, the Airbnb for Offices and has built entrepreneurial communities of 100+.... Read More