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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.
Claudia has acquired 20 years of experience in economic development and gained 15 years of valuable experience working at the Small Business Development Center in three different States: New York, New Jersey and New Mexico.
As a former business owner, she has been personally involved in starting three businesses from the ground up and has had direct involvement with the SBDC for many years. Claudia enthusiastically believes in the SBDC as being one of the finest programs nationwide for entrepreneurship development. She should know, she has helped over 500 SMB’s achieve their dreams. She is bilingual in Spanish and has an MBA and a MPA.