Nancy O’Neale is a teacher, author, and business consultant. Her business, Detroit Business Consulting Group, LLC, is accredited by the Better Business Bureau. As the Executive Director of Women who Inspire, she helped women start their own business. With 10 years sales experience, she joined the elite circle of licensed insurance agents as a Championship Qualifier in 2014 and was at the top of the company’s growth model for multiple years. She earned her MA in Communications from Wayne State University, MA in Elementary Education from Grand Canyon University, and BA in Journalism and International Relations from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Nancy O’Neale founded the Detroit Business Hub Group in 2019. Detroit Business Hub Group members help new business owners launch their start-up businesses. DBHG is a full-service LLC company offering services for business plans, business structure, legal, real estate, human resources, retirement planning, insurance, marketing, and small business banking.
Nancy’s speaking engagements include Women who Inspire (2012-2016), Michigan Minority Contractors Association (2014, 2016), University District Security Patrol (2014), Black Mother’s Breastfeeding Association (2014), New Hope Community Development Association (2008, 2009), and Lighthouse of Oakland County (2008-2009). Her TV/Internet guest appearances include: Making it Work on the Three Angels Broadcasting Network (2013) and The Barbara Gentry Pugh Show (2014) on the Women’s Internet Gospel Network.
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Sharri Watkins is the Founder and CEO of 4Dimensions Consulting Group, LLC which helps small to mid-size organizations by providing HR expertise in compliance, consulting, organizational assessments, training and more.
With 20 years of experience in training and development across for-profit and nonprofit sectors as well as 10 years of progressive HR experience, Sharri holds a Bachelors Degree in Design and Merchandising from Wayne State University, a Certificate in Human Resources from Cornell University, and a Masters Degree in Human Resources Administration from Central Michigan University.
She serves on the Board of Directors for the NAAAHR, State of Michigan Chapter; the Education Committee and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee of DSHRM; and is certified by the WBENC.
Attorney Eric C. Williams provides business consulting and legal services to Detroit area startups in sectors ranging from tech to food to real estate. The firm recognizes the unique needs of startups and importance of integrating business needs into legal solutions. Eric C. Williams, PLLC, provides legal services and business consulting services to startups, nonprofit, and established businesses. Practice areas include employment agreements, non-competition and non-solicitation agreements, employee handbooks and policies, social media and internet use policies, document retention policies, operating agreements and bylaws, partnership agreements, licensing and permitting, zoning, state or federal trademarks registration, copyright registration, trade secrets, contracts and other general business matters, including:real estate leases, supplier/vendor contracts, independent contractor agreements, client agreements, and non-disclosure agreements.
Eric previously served as the director of Wayne State University Law School’s Business and Community Law Clinic as well as the Director of the Wayne Law Program for Entrepreneurship and Business Law. His prior experience includes private practice in the New York offices of Nixon Peabody, LLP and Winston & Strawn, LLP.
Eric, a past BMe fellow, is a frequent speaker for local entrepreneurship training programs and community groups. He currently serves on the board of directors for Ponyride and the Lawyers Committee for the Michigan ACLU.
Ellis Liddell, President of ELE Wealth Management, has been in the financial services industry since 1980. He formed his own company, Ellis Liddell Enterprises, in 1990 which formed the foundation for what is today ELE Wealth Management. From 1990 to the present, he has enjoyed lecturing as an inspirational speaker at many different events. Mr. Liddell presents complex financial information in layman’s terms and is very knowledgeable in the areas of retirement and income planning.
Mr. Liddell is a regular guest on 1200 AM’s “Inside Detroit” radio program hosted by Mildred Gaddis, and has appeared on television programs as an expert on investments. In Dallas, he gave financial tips on Fox 4’s Insight, and has appeared on CBS Channel 11. He has appeared in Detroit on Channel 7 Action News and on PBS television. He has also been featured in the Bermuda Times, as a contributing writer for The Dallas Weekly Newspaper, and has been quoted in the Detroit Free Press and the Michigan Chronicle.
He is the recipient of numerous awards, including a Proclamation from both the City of Atlanta and Rutherford County in Tennessee, and has also received a key to the city of Greenville, South Carolina. In 2006 and 2007, Mr. Liddell became the first African-American to be named the top producer at a major investment firm.
Among his most recent accolades is the honor of being the recipient of the ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ Award from the Alabama A&M University Alumni Association. In recognition of this honor, he also received:
• A Resolution from the Wayne County Commission, District 2,
• A Certificate of Tribute from Governor, Jennifer Granholm, and Lt. Governor, John Cherry, Jr.,
• A Certificate of Congressional Recognition from U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow,
• A Certificate of Appreciation from Mayor of Detroit, Dave Bing,
• A Letter of Acknowledgement from House of Representatives member, John Conyers, Jr.,
• The ‘Spirit of Detroit Award’ from the Detroit City Council.
Mr. Liddell earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Education from Mississippi College. His motto, “Wealth is our legacy, Pass it on” is at the forefront of his decision to serve the community and to create Wealth Management in everyone’s household. When not working with clients, he enjoys traveling, golf, reading and spending quality time with his family.
*Top producer criteria was based on individual representative gross dealer concession as of December 31st of 2006 and 2007 respectively for the award years of 2006 and 2007.
LaSchell is a long time member of the National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NARE). She is currently the Regional VIII Vice President over Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio. She has been or currently is a member of the following real estate boards.
Region VIII Local Boards:
Indiana Realtist Association
Realtist Association of Northeast Indiana
The Greater Detroit Realtist Association
Washtenaw County Area Realtist Association
Akron Realtist Association
Cincinnati Realtist Association
Cleveland Realtist Association
Columbus Realtist Association
Greater Dayton Realtist Association
Ohio Realtist Association
Youngstown-Warren Association of Real Estate Brokers
She is a real estate broker of The Steward Team in Farmington Hills, MI.
Mia Scott is an entrepreneur, philanthropist, leader, and mental illness advocate. Growing up in Detroit, MI where she found her love for leadership and teaching. She graduated from Specs Howard School of Media Arts in 2015. Shortly after interning for a hew different Internet radio outlets, she quickly picked up on marketing and media. From 2016-2017, she created free content for fashion shows and artist showcases in Detroit. She formed her first business called The Mittenkunnect. She services business owners with their photography and videography needs. While a business owner, she mastered the online platform Udemy while joining small marketing organizations. In 2018, Mia started refocusing her business around marketing and media. In 2019, she started training business owners and organizers on digital marketing. In 2017, she powered her first Social Media workshop, and in 2019, she reproduced them. Mia has refocused her brand as Mia aka Marketing and Media and is now branding herself as a social media influencer. She trained and organized social media workshops along with creating strategies and content for business owners and organizers’ social media platforms. Along with that, she helped organize and coordinate the RAW artist Detroit showcase which has gained worldwide popularity.
Greg Blackwell owns and operates a Farmers Insurance Agency in Southfield and has been serving the Metro Detroit area for over 10 years now.
By focusing on the needs of his clients and providing “World Class Customer Service” his agency has become a frequent “Award Winning Agency”. Winning such awards as:
Farmers Topper Club (2)
Farmers Blue Vase (2)
Dumbroski Life Cup
District Agent of The Year
Because his goal is to provide the highest level of expertise to his clients, he continues to study his craft by taking courses within the field of insurance and financial services and has earned the following designations:
CSD – Consultative Sales Designee
FSCP – Financial Services Certified Professional
Michael Rizzo, and his production company, RizzoRizzo Creative Services Company, creates business-to-business marketing videos across a variety of industries in the Metro Detroit area, and across the country. Over the course of his career Michael has created, managed, and executed creative messaging for brands that range from two hundred million dollar corporations to the local body shop. He’s a writer, producer, director, editor, and creative director with hands on every facet of corporate communication. For members of the Hub Group, that means creating short, polished company overview videos that help startups present who they are and what they do affordably.
Dale Grant is a CPA, QuickBooks Certified ProAdvisor and Owner of Ashton Business Consulting, PLLC, an accounting firm that specializes in small business accounting, tax and advisory services. Dale’s knowledge and experience with small businesses is varied as it has been developed over the course of two separate career paths. After graduating from
Florida A&M University he spent his time as sales representative servicing small business owners. During that time he gained an appreciation of the hardworking nature of entrepreneurs. As a result of that experience he began to understand that most operators take on all of the company’s responsibilities themselves and in order to grow they must
delegate out tasks. In 2010 after graduating from Keller Graduate School of Management with a Master’s Degree in Accounting and Financial Management Dale earned his CPA. Over the course of the next 7 years he gained experience in
financial reporting, tax and audit. His experience ranges from auditing mid–sized companies throughout the state of Michigan in industries that include financial institutions, insurance companies, non-profits, and manufacturers to preparing
tax returns for businesses and individuals as well as preparing financial statements and reports for public traded companies. During his time as a CPA with a large regional firm he recognized that small businesses are an underserved community. From that experience was born Ashton Business Consulting. The company began in 2015 by providing services to family and friends on nights and weekends. Now is the time for the next step by offering small business services full time. Ashton Business Consulting, PLLC is a full service accounting firm designed specifically to meet the needs of small business owners throughout Southeastern Michigan. Proudly serving those hardworking entrepreneurs in this great region and proud to take part in this entrepreneurial renaissance.
Tylene Henry is an entrepreneur, powerful change agent, and staunch advocate for socioeconomic
parity. Tylene believes that her faith, character, and mindset of abundance have been the foundation of
her continued success. Tylene has been referred to as the “follow up queen” as a result of her “3 P’s”
professionalism, patience, and persistence in developing relationships and access to resources necessary
to create positive impact on the communities she serves. In addition to being a doting mother and aunt,
Tylene owns and operates a professional financial services practice and a strategic business consulting
firm; she serves as President of the Detroit Area National Association of Black Women in Construction,
Serves on Congress Woman Brenda Lawrence’s Women’s Advisory Committee, is a long time Mentor
and Volunteer with the Rhonda Walker Foundation, serves on the Board of Fresh Perspectives Seminars,
and is a volunteer facilitator with Youth For Global Health and Social Justice. Tylene enjoys spending
time with family, travel, and being of service in her community in her free time.
Detroit Business Hub Group Starter Package
Fire Your J.O.B.! Be Your Own Boss! e-book
Detroit Business Hub Group member, Nancy O’Neale, will write your business plan and file your entity paperwork (excluding the filing/application fees). Starter package services are included in Detroit Business Hub Group membership.
Detroit Business Hub Membership
Fire Your J.O.B.! Be Your Own Boss! e-book
Detroit Business Hub Group member, Nancy O’Neale, will write your business plan and file your entity paperwork (excluding the filing/application fees).
Clients will also receive human resources, marketing, legal, retirement planning, real estate, insurance, banking, and business tax consultations and 1 year of membership. The one year membership includes speaking opportunities, marketing for your business, networking opportunities, and a one-year business mentorship program.
$75 a month or $799 (paid in full)