Punta Gorda, FL
Counselors to America's Small Business
Over 20 years was a practicing attorney in the private sector. Areas of focus include federal tax law, business law including business formations, SBA and traditional financing and alternative funding sources, franchising , business opportunities and distributorship law, internet law, corporate mergers and acquisitions, LLC and S corporation and c corporation formation and tax planning.estate planning for buisness owners.
I also owned and operated a start up business that we grew to become the largest and highest rated business of its type in the S.E. U.S.
I was also a Financial advisor for UBS Financial Services
<p> BS finance from Florida State University</p> <p> JD from Sheppard Broad School of Law at Nova SE University</p> <p> Masters of Laws in taxation Emory University School of Law</p>
The first fifteen years of my career was spent at the RAND Corporation, the federal government’s premier national strategy and defense consultancy, where I rose from junior researcher to Vice President.
Thereafter, I spent fifteen years at the highest levels of the federal government's as a member of the Senior Executive Service, Senior Intelligence Service, and Senior National Intelligence Service. I held senior positions including Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Director of the US Navy’s Center for Naval Warfare Studies, Deputy Director of US Air Force’s Strategic Planning Directorate, Director of FEMA’s Emergency Preparedness department, and Deputy Director of Systems Analysis for the Director of National Intelligence.
<p> Kenyon College, cum laude, with honors, BA</p> <p> <span style="line-height: 1.385em;">Ohio State University, MA, PhD</span></p> <p> <span style="line-height: 1.385em;">Case Western Reserve, School of Law, JD</span></p>
Strong background in non-profit management with additional expertise in marketing, training and development, and project management. Certified Downtown manager with over 15 years of experience in design, economic development, and promotion for both individual businesses and communities. Trained in information and referral services, career counseling and relocation assistance, with MS in Human Resources and Development. Additional expertise in retail management, customer service, business communication, and building consensus.
MS, Human Resources Development, University of Central Texas, formerly American Technological University, Killeen, TX, 1987. BA, Asian Studies, Wheaton College, 1976. Certified Main Street Manager, National Trust for Historic Preservation, 2002
Salimah has worked with many exceptional community organizations including – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta, Piedmont Park Conservancy, SUMMECH Community Development Corporation, The Atlanta Voice Newspaper, The Jasmine Guy Ace Foundation for the Arts, Music Rocks Foundation, The Atlanta Chapter of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (commonly known as The Grammy’s), and Tyler Perry Studios.
A few of her business accomplishments include earning 7 prestigious distinctions and awards in low-income housing development with affordable housing agency SUMMECH CDC, working with Grammy Award nominated artists, with two records earning recognition on Billboard’s Top 40 and Top 100 lists, working on the film For Colored Girls, on television productions Meet the Browns and House of Payne, all produced by Tyler Perry Studios.
<span style="font-size: 16px;">Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Business Certificate, Agnes Scott College, Atlanta, GA</span></p>
<span style="font-size: 16px;">Georgia Center for Non-profits Non-profit-U participant</span></p>
<span style="font-size: 16px;">Certified Volunteer Literacy Teacher (LVA & Laubach Method)</span></p>
Certified Associate Project Manager
Financial Analysis for 8 years - budgeting, forecasting, project management, auditing, negotiating contracts
Management for 7 years - 5 as financial manager and 3 as sales manager
Sales budget $2 million - top 10% sales performance
Ownership responsibilities - incorporation, sales, customer support, financial management
MBA with specialization in Healthcare Administration University of Phoenix
MA in Accounting Bentley University
BS in Finance Bowling Green State University