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Elizabeta Damceski, Representative at Gerber, LLC

Tell us about your company:

Gerber, LLC is a one-of-a-kind advisory firm working exclusively with first generation entrepreneurs to help define and achieve their personal and professional goals. With over 25 years in business Gerber has built a dedicated process to improve the entrepreneur’s business, cash flow, and happiness factor. We’re helping business owners understand the entrepreneurial journey and sequencing of growing a business and providing the entrepreneurial ecosystem they need to get there.

In working with over 200 first generation entrepreneurs Gerber built The Emerging Entrepreneur Experience (EEE) after recognizing a gap in guidance between the startup community and established entrepreneurs. EEE was created for the entrepreneurs at least two years in business. The program acts as a guidebook for business owners to better navigate business growth with less cost and less heartache. Gerber applies the best practices learned with Gerber clients to EEE, providing a tried and true roadmap to emerging entrepreneurs.

What motivated your organization to get involved with NAWBO:

Gerber was built on the belief that first generation entrepreneurs are the leaders and creators of the world who have limitless potential to improve the lives of others. – and we know NAWBO attracts the female entrepreneurs who do just that!

Gerber, LLC believes in helping entrepreneurs build rewarding businesses and providing the necessary tools to maintain sustainable businesses so getting involved with NAWBO was a no-brainer. Female entrepreneurs are a force to be reckoned with, and we want to stand by them as they thrive. We are proud to support the largest chapter in the nation!

What does your company offer NAWBO members and why is this important to them?

Gerber and EEE provide the customized guidance entrepreneurs need to go from working IN the business day to day to working ON their business to grow and thrive.

This is important to NAWBO members because all entrepreneurs are guilty of getting wrapped up in the daily operations of their business, losing sight of what they are passionate about.

Gerber provides the clarity to uncover problem areas in their business that need attention. We get the entrepreneur back on track to hone in on what their “why” really is and establish a solid foundation to build upon.

What is the one best practice you’ve learned from working with businesses in your company that our members should know?

The one best practice we’ve learned in working with first generation entrepreneurs is to not ignore the basics. Something as simple as working off of a ‘working, strategic business plan’ is often overlooked or ignored. We have so many emerging entrepreneurs who will come to us after we go through building their business plans and express how it changed their relationship with their business. In that same vein, we spend a lot of time talking with entrepreneurs about how their business impacts their lifestyle goals; that integration conversation is one of the first things we talk to clients about but always makes a huge impact.

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Darla King, President /Owner of King Business Interiors, Inc.

Tell us about your company:

We are a commercial Furniture, Flooring and Storage company serving the Central Ohio Area and Nationally as requested by our clients.

We offer interior design space planning, project management, furniture installation, and so much more!  King currently has 70 employees and we work in teams to support our customer’s needs.

Our core values are:
“We are a dedicated team, who respect each other, working with a  positive attitude to always to do the right thing by keeping our Customers First!”

What motivated your organization to get involved with NAWBO:

Women help women naturally and what better place to be than with our peers for support and comradery.   All women business owners should belong to NAWBO!  They just need to find their value in some way or another.  Roundtables are the key to the success of peer to peer support. I rejoined many years ago because of the $1M round tables and I believe we should not limit it to that amount.  Let’s take it to $20 Million and beyond. 

What does your company offer NAWBO members and why is this important to them?

We certainly offer all of our services to NAWBO members at any stage in their business growth.  We have offered our showroom, our conference rooms, and even our Studio downtown to any member for no fee. 

What is the one best practice you’ve learned from working with businesses in your company that our members should know?

The key to happy customers is happy employees that represent your company well.  We understand all of our employees have families and outside interests.  The best book I ever read as a business owner was “ Dream Manager” by Matthew Kelly.  It put the employee and employer relationship in perspective for me.  We like to say “don’t miss a ballgame!”  take off when you need to for kids or pets or a vacation.  The work will be here when you get back and believe me it comes back tenfold.  Life is too short.  Enjoy what you do and the environment around you can impact your happiness.  Our tagline is “Love where you Work”. 

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Melissa Mercer, President and Founder at Buckeye Bookkeeping Services, LLC

Tell us about your company:

I formed Buckeye Bookkeeping Services in March 2016 from an interest in accounting acquired after serving as treasurer for several non-profit organizations. I earned my Professional Bookkeeper designation that same year. I followed shortly thereafter with achieving the Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor status with Intuit. I transitioned from a sole proprietor to an LLC and have grown the company to a team of three, most recently adding an intern from Ohio Wesleyan University.

Buckeye Bookkeeping Services is a full charge bookkeeping company located in Delaware, Ohio. We are passionate about working with business owners and not-for-profit leadership to maintain accurate and informative financials and to bring a level of value that supports the vision of the organization.

What motivated your organization to get involved with NAWBO:

Buckeye Bookkeeping Services has formed a number of partnerships with businesses and not-for-profits in the Central Ohio area, some of whose owners and leaders are currently involved with NAWBO. When the organization advertised for a corporate sponsor to fill the role they were seeking, it seemed like an opportune time to get involved! With the expertise and experience that we have, we knew we could bring value to the Executive Director and Board of Directors to provide continuity as well as to support the transitional change in the volunteers that serve the organization.

What does your company offer NAWBO members and why is this important to them?

Buckeye Bookkeeping Services, LLC offers full charge bookkeeping services that range from after-the-fact (write-up) services to full cycle/real-time bookkeeping and accounting support. We customize our services to meet the needs of our clients and go the extra mile to assure that we are solving “points of pain” for our clients when it comes to the accounting and bookkeeping responsibilities of running a business.

We provide accurate, timely and informative financial statements from which our clients can make sound business decisions.

What is the one best practice you’ve learned from working with businesses in your company that our members should know?

Buckeye Bookkeeping Services, LLC strives to be communicative and responsive to our clients so that expectations can be established and met with a high degree of satisfaction. We have implemented routine processing schedules that function to support the expectations for both our client and BBS. We take a proactive approach to the services that we provide so that our clients have the assurance that their needs are being met and that emergency situations are minimized.

www.buckeyebookkeeping.com