Lisa McGinty

SBA T.H.R.I.V.E Coach


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Professional Trainer and Educator

Cohort Location(s):Birmingham, AL


About Lisa

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. She has been an Instructor for the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Emerging Leaders program. Prior to that, she was the Executive Director of the Chamber Business Resource Center for the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce, responsible for life cycle entrepreneurial development. She has worked to build capacity in resource partners throughout the state’s entrepreneurial ecosystem as well as provide specialty resources for the more than 2000 virtual clients and 50+ in-residence clients serviced by the Center each year.

Before coming to the Chamber, she worked for GC Companies, an international film exhibition company, in which capacity she was responsible for SEC filings and Investor Relations. Previously, she was an Officer in the United States Air Force working both national and international-level Protocol as well as Personnel at the Numbered Air Force level.

She is an honors graduate of Auburn Montgomery holding a Bachelor of Science in Education. She holds an IOM certification, is a University of Colorado NxLevel Certified Instructor, an Interise Certified Instructor, a graduate of Leadership Montgomery, and has been an active servant on a variety of leadership and advisory councils at both the state and national levels such as the American Chamber of Commerce Executives national Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Board, Alabama Small Business Development Center Network, and SCORE Capital City Chapter Co-Chair, to name just a few.

Her passion is helping business owners at every stage of their development - building the entrepreneurial ecosystem and strengthening the small business sector of the state’s economy. Regarding her most recent endeavor of becoming a Coach for the SBA THRIVE Emerging Leaders Program, she says, “I get to wake up every day to help entrepreneurs learn more about developing their business, connecting to people and resources, and growing both themselves AND their markets. The SBA THRIVE Emerging Leaders Program really targets our existing mid-growth range entrepreneurs in an impactful and meaningful way to do exactly that.

My Top 3 Values as a Business Owner:

1.  Learn
2. Connect
3. Grow

Attaining higher levels of knowledge, connecting with resources ( whether interpersonal or ecosystem) , and growing as a person within ones organization are integral. My leadership style fosters growth of the do-er to the leader. for entrepreneurs.

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​​“Helping entrepreneurs grow and develop to the next level of CEO-ership is one of the most gratifying experiences relative to the development of the small business ecosystem.”

How do participants benefit from having you as their SBA T.H.R.I.V.E. Coach?


One on one personal mentorship is integral to any growth of business. My Socratic style of education combined with personal growth and development coaching enables entrepreneurs to develop to their highest ability.

My Experience in Coaching & Mentoring Entrepreneurs


  • Being an Emerging Leaders Instructor, I have worked total life cycle business teaching and coaching for numerous businesses. As a former Executive Director of 16 years for a small business resource center, I have extensive experience in coaching and mentoring entrepreneurs through various growth phases.

My Top 3 Values as a Business Owner:

1.  Learn
2. Connect
3. Grow

Attaining higher levels of knowledge, connecting with resources ( whether interpersonal or ecosystem) , and growing as a person within ones organization are integral. My leadership style fosters growth of the do-er to the leader. for entrepreneurs.

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Get in touch with Lisa:

(401) 216-7202