Small Business Insight The concept for Small Business Insight was born out of a group of small business owners in the Hampton Roads area who experience a common need. Having searched for a publication to discuss the countless issues of importance to someone developing a growing company, we finally decided to take the entrepreneurial approach and start our own publication to fulfill that need. We hope Small Business Insight will give area business owners a way to better communicate with each other as well as a forum to learn, develop relationships and share both the difficulties and joys of growing a business. We offer a variety of articles on small business issues as well as profiles of successful local companies. We also wanted to build a community of small business people by offering a variety of networking experiences by which we can all learn from each other.
Todd Bailey is an Independent Financial Planner and owner of KRB Financial Group , specializing in consulting with small business owners to assist in personal financial planning. Having been a former business owner with employees and a Marketing Consultant to small business owners, Todd has a particular set of skills that cater to the unique needs of owners. Having worked with hundreds of business owners across the Triangle, he has developed a process that is personal and helpful to small business owners in preparing for their financial future. Todd’s perspective comes from having “been there, done that” in regard to business ownership. Prior to small business ownership and consulting, Todd was also business development director for several non-profit organizations during the first 17 years of his career.
Bill Davis is a business coach and owner of Team Nimbus of North Carolina, a small business advisory firm specializing in coaching and training small business owners and sales professionals to grow their businesses to provide them with the resources and time to live the lives they want. He is also publisher of Small Business Insight.
Don Emmett is Managing Director of Entrust Associates, a Raleigh-based firm that specializes in business transactions. Don has more than 30 years of experience in small businesses and related entrepreneurial activities, having served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing and a principal for a $20 million group of electronic component distribution companies. Since selling his interests in the electronics industry, Don has invested in, helped manage and successfully sold many businesses, crediting some of his business success to “putting himself in the other guy’s shoes.” This credo has enabled him to see sellers from a buyer’s point of view and conversely buyers from seller’s viewpoint.
James’ financial career spans over a decade, during which time he has developed a niche specializing in Retirement Planning for veterans. He served in the US Army 9 years, 3 of which was spent stationed at Ft. Hood. He graduated from NC Wesleyan College in Rocky Mount NC with a BS in Business Administration.
A champion in the community, he is Board President of My Sisters House of NC, and board member of the Downtown Rocky Mount Renaissance Committee. He serves as President of NAIFA, Rocky Mount, NC, and Chairman of the City of Rocky Mount Redevelopment Commission. Rocky Mount Chamber of Commerce named James the 2013 Minority Small Business Person of the Year, 2014 Ambassador of the Year. He was honored to serve as Co-Chair of the Small Business Committee from July 2014 to June 2015.
At home with his family in Rocky Mount, NC, James enjoys movies, reading, dancing and going to the track to watch drag racing. He and his wife Ruth are proud parents of Jasmine, Jessica, JaeQuan, and grandparents to Jayda and Jamari.
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