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Glamis has extensive experience with microenterprises and business lending, as well as with Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) and Community Development Credit Unions (CDCUs). Before joining the Columbia-Harlem SBDC, she worked as the Lending and Business Development Manager at Union Settlement Federal Credit Union. In this position, she coordinated the activities of service organizations and financial institutions as well as federal programs related to small business lending. These latter included veteran outreach programs, projects focusing on economic security for the aging, and anti-predatory lending initiatives.
Glamis' work experience includes some time with Accion USA where she oversaw a microenterprise portfolio of over one million dollars and coordinated the Green Cart Program, providing fresh fruits and vegetables to neighborhoods with limited access to healthy produce. She is an expert at providing technical assistance to entrepreneurs and has taught many courses in business plan development, credit management, and start-up financials. Glamis has a Master's of Public Administration from John Jay and recently became certified in Global Trade Consulting.
Whenever she has some time left, Glamis likes to play tennis and cook shrimp ceviche, Ecuadorian-style!
Lawrence has over 20 years of experience in small business and economic development. Along with advising the clients of the Columbia-Harlem SBDC, he is currently a Small Business Development Advisor at the Harlem Business Alliance (HBA), using his skills to provide hands-on counseling to start-ups and existing business enterprises in Central and East Harlem.
Prior to joining the HBA, he was the Director of Small Business Development at the Abyssinian Development Corporation (ADC). In that role, he managed the implementation of the Avenue NYC Program which spurred public and private investment to the Abyssinian Neighborhood commercial corridors. He also oversaw the ADC Small Business Development Center and all related small business technical assistance activities. Lawrence's wide-ranging career history has also included being the Director of Programs at the North Carolina Assn. of Community Development Corporations and the Director for Economic Development for the City of Newark.
Lawrence earned a BA from The George Washington University and attended the graduate program in Urban Planning at the New York University Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.
Digital Marketing Business Advisor
Digital Marketing Business Advisor
Profiled by Forbes magazine, digital marketing columnist for Inc. magazine, and identified by Black Enterprise as one of the top 11 people to follow on Twitter, since 1996 Maisha Walker has helped thousands of businesses harness the power of digital marketing through strategy, implementation, consulting, coaching and hugely successful events and classes in 15 cities around the country. In less than 1 year Maisha catapulted her Inc. magazine blog to the highest-trafficked on Inc.com. Her blog has been featured by the American Marketing Association, Guy Kawasaki, the former editor of Entrepreneur magazine, and even Perez Hilton. Maisha has been featured by Forbes magazine, Inc. magazine, NBC News, Fox News, Entrepreneur, Our Town, Black Enterprise magazine, Bplans.com, BNet, Harlem News and the NY Enterprise Report.
Maisha has personally conducted more than 500 classes and workshops on digital marketing, social media, blogging, Web site design, social media advertising, search engine advertising, email marketing, and search engine optimization, in partnership with Microsoft Bing, JP Morgan Chase, Goldman Sachs, Capital One, Inc. magazine, Black Enterprise magazine, SCORE, the City of New York, Princeton University, Columbia University, George Washington University, Howard University, the NYC Department of Small Business Services, Project Enterprise, The Workshop in Business Opportunities, The Business Center for New Americans, CAMBA, The Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone, The NY Expo, SAP, Inc. 5000 conference, Grow Co., Inc. Leadership Conference, The Women Presidents Organization, and a host of other organizations that treasure her straightforward, eye-opening and inspiring approach.
In 2016 Maisha won the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce Best in the Business award. In 2008, Maisha received the sole nomination from the New York City Small Business Commissioner for the annual New York Enterprise Report Awards, winning a finalist spot for innovation and excellence in Sales and Marketing. In 2007 Maisha published "Web Site Fundamentals for Entrepreneurs" a book which helps business owners unravel the world of online business without needing a marketing or CS degree!
Maisha is a sought after speaker, panelist and teacher and has been featured in both local and national television, print and online publications providing expert advice on how to build and market businesses online. Maisha made her TV debut in a 1-hour live Web cast where she gave insightful answers to live technical and marketing questions from an international Inc. magazine audience.