Microenterprise Resources, Initiatives & Training

Position Description: Business Consultant


Microenterprise Resources, Initiatives & Training (MERIT) works to provide services and programs that support and accelerate business ownership and strengthen their impact on the economy. MERIT’s Mission is to help entrepreneurs explore, launch and grow successful businesses through training and support.

The Business Consultant is a critical interface position connecting program participants with targeted support to accomplish the mission of the program.


Summary Statement

Under the direction of the Program Coordinator, the Business Consultant provides consulting services and training to small business owners in accordance with the goals and objectives of the specific program and overall organization.


Reports to: Program Coordinator

Other internal contacts: Other consultants, staff, instructors


Major Responsibilities/Duties

  • Provide training in basic areas of business such as marketing, financials, access to capital, permits and licenses, risk management, employment, payroll, growth strategy and business planning.
  • Provide business consulting to business owners, on a one-on-one or in small groups, in the areas of business planning, marketing, operations management, financial planning, growth strategy, general business practices and others, that will result in economic impact within realistic time frames and resources.
  • Assist clients in gathering documentation application requirements, financial data preparation (including projections), etc.
  • Coordinate with appropriate financial institutions and agencies regarding the status of loan applicants
  • Analyze credit reports, business plans and tax returns to assess loan feasibility
  • Direct businesses to appropriate business resources
  • Prepare and submit reports, as required
  • Engage in marketing and community and outreach activities as required
  • Assist the Program Coordinator and other Consultants in other areas as needed
  • Other duties as assigned or needed


  • Degree in Business Administration, finance or related field or equivalent professional work experience as a business consultant
  • Experience in working with small businesses from diverse cultural background and industries
  • Knowledge of general business practices
  • Experience in working with economic development program, a plus
  • Computer proficiency required
  • Ability to work independently
  • Demonstrated written and oral communication skills
  • Proven experience in public speaking and training a must
  • Bilingual Spanish desired

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