Small Business Majority has created a comprehensive state policy agenda to ensure entrepreneurship is at the center of a thriving andinclusive economy in Virginia. Virginia’s nearly 750,000 small businesses employ 1.5 million people, which amounts to nearly half of the private workforce, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration.
Sandra Leibowitz is the owner of Sustainable Design Consulting, LLC (SDC), an award-winning and prolific – yet small – green building consulting firm operating from Richmond, V.A. and Washington, D.C. She draws from nearly 30 years of advanced experience with hundreds of sustainable design projects and leads the SDC team in providing expert technical and process management services to institutions, building owners, design, construction, and property management professionals.
Tierra Henderson opened her settlement company, iFinancial by Tierra, LLC, in 2016, where she serves as a duly commissioned notary and licensed signing agent in Maryland and Virginia. Before Tierra launched iFinancial by Tierra, LLC, she serviced hospital cafeterias in her area for over a decade but eventually felt that her career had run its course. Though she was hesitant about launching her own business, she persevered and sought guidance from a business organization by the name of RVA Works.
Muneer Baig, Co-founder, EVP & CRO of SYSUSA Inc., is an industry-recognized dynamic technology executive and visionary with more than three decades of experience in enabling innovation and business transformation.
Chris Beckford, President and CEO of eTRANSERVICES is an IT leader, strategist and certified Enterprise Architect. Chris was born in Kingston, Jamaica. He has over 30 years of experience in enterprise planning and architecture, IT, cyber security, command, control (C2), computers, communications (C4) systems engineering, acquisition and integration. He served for over 23 years as a U.S. Marine Corp “Mustang” – both as an enlisted and commissioned officer of Marines.
Shirley and her husband David started 3D Design together as a family business and enjoy a 25-acre horse farm in Powhatan, V.A. Residing in Central Virginia, 3D has engineering and manufacturing capabilities with 40-plus years of experience in the industry. Shirley and David are committed to building productive relationships with customers.
Cassandra Freeman is known as the “#1 Dream Builder” and a “modern day Renaissance woman.” As a wife, mother of four boys and founder of Thoughtful Inspirations, she is driven to help other women leaders achieve their dreams by sharing the lessons she learned on her way to success as an entrepreneurial mother and doctoral student.
Virginia Small Business Council
Our Virginia Small Business Council consists of small business owners from various industries across the state. Council members volunteer their time and entrepreneurial expertise at board meetings, public events and in the media to help Small Business Majority identify and address the biggest issues facing small businesses today.
Monica Jackson operates Jackson Child Care, a state-licensed family childcare home serving the North Springfield Community for over 30 years with a maximum licensing capacity of 12 children. As a childcare provider, Ms. Jackson specializes in the delivery of a school-readiness preschool program. Additionally, Ms. Jackson is an educator, trainer, advocate, and mentor.
Starting a small business may seem daunting for most people, but for those who take the risk like Tierra Henderson, it’s a matter of seeking mentorship and applying yourself.