Jul 29, 2019
Have you ever wished that a public agency official understood the problem you are trying to solve from your perspective as a nonprofit leader? I am sure that many of us in the sector are familiar with that feeling. Tameka Montgomery, appointed by President Obama as Associate Administrator to the Small Business Administration’s Office of Entrepreneurial Development, actually did understand. She came to the position after creating a business incubator in Denver and leading its award- winning Small Business Center. During her tenure, she launched the Main Street Mentor Walk, a 5k that swapped out running for walking and matched new entries into the business sector with experienced business leaders. And she started the first Latino Small Business Summit to provide entrepreneurs with culturally specific resources and guidance. While at the SBA, Tameka elevated training and technical assistance resources for formerly incarcerated people seeking jobs. She partnered with the Kellogg Foundation on a program that helped them, and by extension their families, to gain an economic foothold, and succeed. And she developed a program for “the missing middle”, entrepreneurs whose businesses had the potential to scale up and increase their impact. Now Tameka is building her own entrepreneurial future. She founded Core Strategy Partners, a consultancy that helps companies and nonprofits working at the intersection of business value and social impact. And she hosts a wonderful podcast, Raising Entrepreneurs, that helps parents to foster entrepreneurship in their children. Did I mention that she is also the mother of 3 boys, 9, 11 and 13? You can hear them in a great clip from Raising Entrepreneurs in this episode of Power Station.