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S.Crawford Professional

Shirley Crawford is the Executive Director of the Women’s Business Center RVA and the owner of 2nd Chance Consulting.  An experienced entrepreneur, author, consultant, radio host, teacher and speaker addressing a plethora of entrepreneurial and motivational subject matters.

Born into an entrepreneurial family and operating as a small business consultant for over 20 years Shirley seeks opportunities on a daily basis to impact her community. Understanding that everyone has a vision or a dream but possibly doesn’t understand or have the tools to convert them to reality.

As a consultant her philosophy is to reverse engineer problems in order to establish goals, benchmarks and a foundation for realistic success. Shirley assists individuals to recognize their potential and to provide them with guidance to discover their Road to Great.

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Phil Ray has spent the past 10 years building and operating two breweries in Virginia. His experience as a founder and operator, especially during the past year, gives him a unique and intimate understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing entrepreneurs.


At the breweries he worked with his team to develop manufacturing procedures that standardized and streamlined their processes.  He believes collaborative leadership without strict hierarchical titles creates a strong, dynamic, and inclusive team which generates the best outcomes for everyone. He has learned making effective financial decisions requires a combination of accurate up to date data and careful consideration of the impacts on employees and the P&L.


Entrepreneurship is a challenging and rewarding career path and the responsibilities of being an employer should not be taken lightly. Honest, direct two-way communication will keep your team engaged and build the trust that will make you all successful.

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Carol Walker Reese, President of ReeSources, Inc. has dedicated her career to supporting small, women and minority-owned businesses, business communities and community organizations. Over the last 25 years, she has acquired a plethora of experience. These experiences include strategic planning, business plan development, community engagement, data transformation, project management, and business coaching services.

Carol’s integrity, dedication, and passion make her a sought-after consultant, coach, and speaker. She has spoken in a variety of venues regarding best business practices, business motivation and business strategies. Carol’s mission is to have a galvanizing economic impact on individuals, businesses, and business communities.

Carol is a graduate of Virginia Union University, Cum Laude in Marketing, BS; a graduate of the Virginia Scaling4Growth program which earned her a Streetwise MBA.  Carol recently completed the University of Richmond, MBE Executive Management Program, Northwestern Kellogg, NMSDC Advance Management Education Program, and Tuck Executive Education at Dartmouth.