Many people don’t know what BiGAUSTIN is all about. In fact, many people don’t even know we exist. I want to take you beyond the website and beyond Facebook to see who we really are. As a nonprofit we are always short on staff, short on coffee, and short on time. But, this doesn’t deter the some 15 people who wake up every morning and make that commute to BiGAUSTIN.
WHAT WE DO
We work to help low-moderate income entrepreneurs receive education and training on how to start and sustain a new or existing business. Also, we offer lending assistance so if you need help learning how to get a loan or help with the actual application process, we are there for you. Not only will you receive end-to-end business solutions but, we can help you write your business plan and learn all the ins and outs of getting started.
THE PEOPLE (WELL, SOME OF THEM)
BiGAUSTIN has a very diverse staff. If we aren’t clowning around the office we are out in the community working to let people know that you CAN turn your dream of owning your own business into a reality.
Not only is our Executive Director, Stacy Dukes-Rhone, highly experienced but, she has served in a number of volunteer and leadership capacities. In addition, she has been our Executive Director for over four years and has secured numerous grants to keep this place running and serving the community.
Karen Diggs is our Loan Manager and when she’s not changing outfits she’s working with community members to help them through the loan process and understand how their credit works. Karen’s office is decked out in everything frog that you can imagine and isn’t afraid to show her love for those crazy, green creatures.
Stephanie just joined us four short weeks ago and can be heard throughout the office laughing and thinking out loud. Not only is she a social media guru, she has great insight and really knows her stuff.
Melissa is our Training & Compliance Manager but she’s also our full time IT Specialist helping us with everything from hooking up monitors to re-coding the website.
Something unique about BiGAUSTIN is that we employ several AmeriCorps VISTA members (Volunteers in Service to America). VISTA’s only get paid what the federal government estimates to be the poverty level for that particular area, making a year long assignment on food stamps and bus passes quite challenging. But, as you may have guessed, it’s a pretty rewarding experience knowing that you are part of something that is working to make a difference in the community.
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