Reports to the Program Manager, Women’s Business Center
Strengthens women, minority, and disadvantaged business enterprises in Wayne County competing for government and corporate contracts. The Business Counselor will the specialist in facilitating training and counseling sessions to assists clients in understanding and navigating the multi-dimensional aspects of being awarded a contract (e.g. laws, regulations, processes, resources, etc.). Business growth will be a key objective when working with business enterprises.
- Evaluate client potential for market diversification and select viable businesses for participation
- Provide advice/counseling to assist firm in the development of realistic and attainable objectives for their business growth initiatives
- Manage business development and growth training sessions via workshops, webinars, and virtual meeting platforms
- Assist clients in registering in databases for government and corporate supplier portals
- Aid with and develop marketing toolkit for certified businesses
- Develop a resource network to be used in providing referrals to appropriate resources
- Maintain and prepare any documentation required by U.S. Small Business Administration and Office of Women’s Business Ownership (OWBO) including any documentation required by Wayne County / New Economy Initiative
- Create and maintain filing system
- Report training and counseling data into Women’s Business Center internal tracking spreadsheet
- Actively participate in outreach events.
- Promote the Michigan Women’s Marketplace website (www.miwomen.com ) and encourage clients to register
- Steer current and/or prospective business owners with any questions or concerns they may have with reference to starting a business to colleagues and resource partners
- Other duties as assigned
Skills and Qualifications:
· Interpersonal Skills
· Oral/Written Communications
· Small Business Experience
· Strong analytical skills
· Project Management Experience
· Sales and Marketing
· Cash Flow Analysis
· Finance/ Accounting: Debt & Equity Finance
· Economic Development
· Safeguarding program confidentiality
- A bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Public Administration, Economic Development, or related field.
- In lieu of a degree, a minimum of three (3) years’ experience in business and/or economic development and/or government procurement programs and/or equivalent combination of education and experience which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary for this position may be accepted.