Meet the Experts
Small Biz Finance Expert: Nicole Fende
Nicole Fende is The Numbers Whisperer™ and President of Small Business Finance Forum. As a credentialed actuary with experience as a Chief Financial Officer, Investment Banker, and successful entrepreneur, Fende helps her clients reach their profit goals and learn how to effectively and enjoyably run the financial side of their business.
As host of the well acclaimed SmallBizFinance Show on BlogTalk Radio, Nicole reaches a growing audience of 1,000’s with tips, tricks and expert interviews to help them operate their businesses more efficiently and improve their bottom line.
In her upcoming book, How to be a Finance Rock Star, Nicole shares the same strategies she uses for her profit coaching clients to help them reach multi-platinum profits. It is an easy, practical go-to reference guide for mastering small business finance.
Despite Ms. Fende’s endless list of impressive credentials, her true claim to fame is her ability to make finance fun. From her LOL blog posts, such as “How College Keggers Teach Complex Expense Analysis”, to the endearing finance mascot Fluffy, she entertains entrepreneurs while helping them grown their bottom line.
This definitely isn’t the finance you slept through in college.
Branding and Online Systems Specialist: Tanya Smith
Certified Purposeful Branding and Marketing Coach™ Tanya Smith is among the top rising professionals in online brand marketing. She is founder of Be Promotable, a company that helps coaches, consultants, and other service-based solopreneurs apply smart promotion and marketing techniques. A gifted business strategist with a unique analytical style, Tanya’s specialty is in sharing step-by-step strategies and internet technologies that raise the visibility of entrepreneurs so they can market themselves as power players in their industry.
Described by some as “a God-send” and by others as a “walking Google”, over the years Tanya’s expertise has been finely groomed through higher education as an MBA and a number of professional certifications such as the Certified Purposeful Branding & Marketing Coach ™, Certified Career Management Coach ™, Certified Leadership & Talent Management Coach ™, Professional in HR (PHR), Reach Certified Online Identity Strategist and more. Her perspectives have been featured in radio, print, and a number of well-known publications including Bronze Magazine and Build Your Business: 70 Tips From A Collection of Experts. Tanya has been a guest speaker for various national organizations and events, including delivering a world-wide simulcast for the Army & Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES).
In 2011, Tanya was named in the top 10 of Most Intriguing Women by the National Association for Women on the Rise and 50 Fabulous Women Entrepreneurs by Black Business Women Online. Her philosophy on life is that “my daughters and my husband inspire me daily to reach higher, think bigger, and live passionately with no regrets.”
Online Strategist: Matt Mansfield
Matt Mansfield is the Head Tour Guide at Matt About Business where he helps entrepreneurs and Fortune 500 companies use the web to manage and market their business by connecting online strategies and tactics with real-world results.
Since 1993, Matt’s eclectic career has included product and project management, marketing and PR, software design and development, entrepreneurship and startup experience, public speaking and training for both groups and individuals. For more details, check out his LinkedIn profile at http://www.linkedin.com/in/mansfieldmatt.
From providing global leadership as the head of e-business for a $1 billion manufacturer to designing the functionality and look-and-feel of an award-winning online student learning environment (see below), Matt has mastered the art of matching online strategies and tactics to on-and-offline business needs.
Matt lives in the suburbs North of Chicago with his wife, four kids, two in-laws, two fish and many, many books.
Business Etiquette Expert: Walethia Aquil
I’m Walethia Aquil the founder of Grace and Charm Success System, which includes over 30 unique training programs designed to improve organizational and personal behavior, business and social graces and effective team building. I also host Success with Grace and Charm radio show and has been a guest on over one hundred other television and radio programs. It airs every Tuesday at 2pm est. on Blog Talk Radio.
I consider myself a serial entrepreneur. I love the excitement of creating and seeing the end product. My most recent venture is Grace and Charm. Grace and Charm is an etiquette and personal development company. As a coach, I help my clients create an image of greatness so that others can see the greatness behind it.
On a personal note, I’m married; I have two daughters and seven beautiful grandchildren. I love action movies, good food and good books. Ballroom dancing is one of my favorite pastimes. I’ve recently taken up golf and I find that to be very relaxing. I love life, meeting new people and just having fun.
Connect to Walethia: Grace and Charm