National Small Business Week 2016

Thompson Management Consulting, LLC

3rd Annual Entrepreneurship and Small Business Summit
In Celebration of National Small Business Week 2016
"Empowering Entrepreneurs - Growing Entrepreneurship"

Abi Oyegun

Abi Oyegun is a business attorney practicing in the Atlanta area. She is the founder and CEO of Oyegun Law LLC. She graduated from The University of Georgia and Northeastern University School of Law. Her practice areas are business law, contract negotiation and litigation, wills, trusts and estates.

Austin E. Thompson, Jr.

Austin is the founder of Thompson Management Consulting, LLC, a company which works directly with small businesses and entrepreneurs, especially micro business owners, to develop business plans, marketing plans and strategy, project management, financial analysis, feasibility studies, personal branding, event planning and management, and strategic and operations planning. Austin is the Author of A BRAND New You: Taking Ownership of Your Personal Brand and speaks frequently on this topic. He is an Adjunct Professor of Business at Shorter University, a radio host on WATB 1420AM for the program he created, the Entrepreneurship and Business Empowerment Hour, publishes a monthly business online newsletter called Empowered for the small business community, and is the founder of the Entrepreneurship and Small Business Summit for National Small Business week. He is an avid researcher and speaker on business topics, and is working to create opportunities for small businesses development. Austin holds a Master of Business Administration in Management and a Master of Project Management with honors from Keller Graduate School of Management of DeVry University.

Dr. Jennifer Rooke

Dr. Jennifer Rooke is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Community Health and Preventive Medicine at Morehouse School of Medicine. She recently joined the faculty at Morehouse to start a lifestyle medicine clinic. Lifestyle Medicine is the use of interventions such as evidenced-based nutrition, physical activity and stress management to treat disease. Dr. Rooke has practiced medicine for over 27 years and is board certified in both Occupational Medicine and Public Health/Preventive Medicine. Dr. Rooke is a fellow of both the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, and the American College of Preventive Medicine. Dr. Rooke serves as adjunct faculty in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine at Emory University. Contact the author or visit her website

Gregg Burkhalter

Gregg is an active networker who understands the importance of building business relationships in the digital realm. He has trained countless professionals across the U.S. and Canada to effectively brand themselves and market their businesses on LinkedIn.

Gregg spent the first part of his professional career behind the microphone at radio stations in Savannah, Jacksonville, Charleston, and Atlanta. Following his radio years, Gregg worked in national music marketing and distribution.

Today, Gregg is known around these parts as “The LinkedIn Guy”. He provides LinkedIn Training via one-on-one and group training sessions, corporate presentations and webinars. Gregg is also a frequent speaker at civic and chamber events and area universities.

Joe Fernandez

Joe Fernandez has over 19 years of experience in the financial services industry working with families and professionals to help grow and protect their wealth. As a former business owner, Joe focuses on working with business owners and providing financial strategies for their businesses and employees. Also, his experience includes recruiting, training and managing financial professionals. Joe and his family have enjoyed living in Alpharetta, Georgia since 1998, and they attend North Point Community Church. He is actively involved in several community associations, including the Association of Latin Professionals in Finance and Accounting, in which he is a board member of the Atlanta chapter, and also sits on the board of the Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.Joe is a graduate of Andrews University in Michigan, where he earned a BA degree in Mass Media. He is a registered representative for securities and is licensed to sell insurance products for Mass Mutual Financial Group.

Tina Greer

Tina Greer is a successful corporate business women and entrepreneur. She received her B.S. in Business Administration from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, and a Masters in Public Administration specializing in Finance from Murray State University. She has over 20 plus years of experience in business management, finance, and business development. In the corporate arena, Tina manages competitive pricing models within the government contracting industry, and as an entrepreneur, she is a network marketer providing essential services in the direct sales industry. She is also the founder of Sisters United, a professional womens organization while currently working on her new project Affirmations for the Soul . Tina is the Author of Grow Into Your Greatness.

Tom Briggette

Tom Briggette is an alternative lender for small business and the VP of Sales for Rosemont Capital Solutions. Tom began his lending career in 1993 with Transmedia Network, a company which was a pioneer in the advance purchase of future receivables. Transmedia eventually became what it is known today as Rewards Network. Tom spent nearly 18 years at Rewards Network, rising through the ranks to hold several senior sales positions in many different markets. Tom began his Transmedia career in Boston, and then moved onto to Denver, Dallas, and ultimately ending up in the Atlanta Metro area in the 2003. In his time at Rewards Network, Tom led sales teams of close to 100 people, and those teams contracted with 1000's of restaurants and facilitated millions of dollars in lending transactions. After a 3 year stint leading a sales team calling on Fortune 500 Companies with Apollo Education Group, Tom went back to his small business roots. As a former operating partner in the restaurant industry, Tom's entrepreneurial spirit and passion for helping small business owners brought him back to what he knows and loves best, and he joined former colleagues with Pioneer Capital and founded Rosemont Capital in 2014

Dr. Sinclair Grey

An inspirational speaker, motivator, author, organizer and “liberator of persons from all intellectual, social and cultural walks of life”, Dr. Grey is a committed advocate for communal change. As a strong proponent of gathering the masses through grassroots efforts, Dr. Grey has dedicated much of his life to mobilizing and inspiring others to achieve their true potential.

A native of the Washington, DC metropolitan area, Dr. Grey graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology from the University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, in 1991. After receiving his call to preach in 1997, Dr. Grey earned a Master's of Divinity degree and graduated Cum Laude from the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University, Richmond, Virginia, in 2002. He is a certified NTU Psychotherapist and has received certificates of completion from The Addiction Prevention and Recovery Administration in psychopharmacology and adolescent and addiction issues in addition to serving as a facilitator for a Rites of Passage program geared toward young males. He also conducted voter registration drives in Virginia and Washington, DC; participated in a protest march against police brutality in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and spearheaded an Anti-Prostitution protest in Washington, DC; organized a conference on Domestic Violence Against Women and appeared as a guest speaker in various forums including the National Black Religious Summit on Sexuality and the DC Department of Family Preservation Teen Assessment Program. In 2012, Dr. Grey was awarded a doctorate of divinity degree from St. Thomas Christian University in Jacksonville, Florida.

As a former pastor of The Liberation Temple, a non-denominational Christian Church in Mt. Rainer, MD, Dr. Grey initiated the following programs: a monthly feeding program that fed over 200 homeless men and women throughout the Washington, DC area, a yearly back-to-school program that provided school supplies to children within the community, an outreach program that supplied clothes and resources to victims of domestic abuse, computers to a local elementary school, entrepreneurship workshops for the youth, seminars on ending violence, and much more just to name a few.

Acknowledging his ability to relate to young people, Dr. Grey served as a Project Director with Progressive Life Center in Washington, DC, where he oversaw a mentoring program geared toward children whose parents were incarcerated. He has made appearances on radio talk shows including Interfaith Radio. Dr. Grey is also the author of five books, Seeds of Freedom: Inspirational Messages for Ordinary People with Extraordinary Potential, God Held Back Your Night So That You Can Get It Right, It's In You: Motivational Messages That Will Help Uplift and Empower You, Positive Living Through Positive Affirmations, and So, You Think You Want To Date? (Thoughts and Reflections on Wise, Skillful Dating)
Dr. Grey was inducted into Cambridge's Who's Who for his work in advocating empowerment and justice within the church and country as a whole. He is a member of the NAACP, SCLC, and the Atlanta Business League. Dr. Grey currently writes daily inspirational messages that travel throughout the world. His daily inspirational messages is currently heard on Montgomery Alabama's station, Hallelujah 104.3fm and read in The Soul Pitt Quarterly Magazine in Pittsburgh, Pa.

As a freelance writer, Dr. Grey writes over 17 articles each week that travel to different news outlets globally. The current outlets Dr. Grey writes and edits for are: Financial Juneteenth, Black Like Moi, All Christian News, Your Black World, and Kulture Kritic. He's also a weekly contributor to The Daytona Times and The Florida Courier. Dr. Grey hosts his own television show called The Sinclair Grey Show dealing with issues about business, education, and politics, just to name a few. His show is aired on Tuesdays from 7pm to 7:30pm here on his website. Just click television to watch. His show can be seen nationally and internationally. On Nov 3rd, 2015, Dr. Grey was elected to the Board of Education for Social Circle City Schools in Social Circle, Georgia.

In addition to this, Dr. Grey has spoken to various audiences such as insurance companies, telecommunication firms, and nursing homes, just to name a few. Without a doubt, Dr. Grey loves what he does and wants to empower as many people as possible.

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