Lemongrass – the Press Page

GREATER MACON WOMEN BUSINESS OWNERS (GMWBO)

Lemongrass Consulting’s President Clovia Hamilton will be helping to lead the GMWBO in 2014.  Many thanks to Sherri Goss of the Rosenberg Financial Group for serving as the organization’s leader for the past 2 years.  The trade group raises money to give an annual scholarship to a Wesleyan College student.  Clovia is an EMBA student at Wesleyan and will complete her degree in April of 2014.

The group kicked off the new year on Jan 9, 2014 at noon at the Buca de Bippo restaurant in Macon.

 Clovia Hamilton speaking at Greater Macon Women Business Owners January 2013 meeting  GMWBO Greater Macon Women Business Owners

WOMEN IN BUSINESS PUBLIC POLICY ADVOCACY

Thanks to Women in Public Policy (WIPP) for an Emerging Leader Scholarship, Lemongrass Consulting’s President Clovia Hamilton was able to participate in the 2013 WIPP Annual Leadership Meeting Oct 9-10, 2013.  Here, Lynn Sutton and Trish Summers of Advantage Building Contractors; Heather Burt of Beers Housing; and Clovia Hamilton meet with Monica McGuire, Policy Advisor to Senator Johny Isakson during a Capital Hill visit.   They also met with Bobby McMillin, Counsel to Senator Saxby Chambliss.  They expressed WIPP members’ concern about the government shutdown and shared WIPP’s position on issues facing women business owners!

EXCITING NEW PARTNERSHIP WITH ATLANTA TECHNICAL COLLEGE!!

We entered into an exciting new partnership with Atlanta Technical College to conduct affordable Business Webinars to help business owners Plan Strategically!!

On October 2013 we offered “Grow your Business with Government Contracts!” and “Social Media Marketing“.  These were Lunch and Learns!

   

AAUW CAREER DEVELOPMENT GRANT RECIPIENT!

Clovia Hamilton received a $12,000 cash career development grant from the American Association of University Women (AAUW)!  AAUW has been empowering women since 1881.  Clovia is pursuing her MBA at Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia.  The grant is for the 2013-2014 term.  Read our press release!

FELLOWSHIP!

Clovia Hamilton attended her 30th high school reunion at Art Revolution in Chicago in August 2013.  Clovia attended Corliss High School in the Pullman community.  She was a George Pullman Scholar at the University of IL and now serves as a volunteer for the Pullman Foundation reviewing college grant applications.

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BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT 

Lemongrass Consulting’s President Clovia Hamilton served as a panel discussion facilitator for the Annual Pink Lady Women in Business Conference at Alabama State University July 2013.  The panel discussed federal government contracting including the GSA schedule contacts.  Here is the letter of appreciation from the Alabama State University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in Montgomery Alabama.

Clovia Hamilton speaking at Alabama State University 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

workforce job readiness training, writing a resumeWORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

Lemongrass Consulting has a contract with DeKalb County Georgia to provide Job Readiness training.  Lemongrass President Clovia Hamilton critiqued resumes at the DeKalb County Job Fair June 12, 2013.  Lemongrass Consulting is moving in 3 directions:

 

Clovia Hamilton, President of Lemongrass Consulting critiquing resumes at the DeKalb County GA job fair

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Georgia Dept of Labor Commissioner Mark Butler at the Atlanta Metro South Employer Summit

Georgia Dept of Labor Commissioner Mark Butler at the Atlanta Metro South Employer Summit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ALABAMA RURAL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

In April 2013, Lemongrass Consulting joined the Alabama State University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and Procurement Assistance Center (PTAC) in meet & greets with the Lanett Chamber and Tallassee Alabama Chamber of Commerce.

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ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Lemongrass Consulting’s founder and owner Clovia Hamilton has been accepted into KPMG’s PhD Project.  This program encourages business professionals to get their PhD in Business.  Only 50% of the applicants were admitted into the program.  Clovia is committed to getting the PhD in Business with a research focus on entrepreneurship, faculty start ups, and university technology transfer.

Clovia is currently working on an Executive MBA at Wesleyan College and attended the KPMG led PhD Project conference in her home town Chicago November 14-16, 2012.

 

SMALL BUSINESS OFFICE OF ADVOCACY

On July 19, 2012, Lemongrass Consulting’s President and Founder Clovia Hamilton served as an Ambassador to the trade organization WIPP -Women Impacting Public Policy and shared the group’s concerns about women owned small businesses.  Clovia attended WIPP’s Annual Women and Leadership Meeting in Washington, DC.  During Hill Visits, Clovia met with her House Representative, Congressman Lynn Westmoreland Georgia; and legislative staff of Senator Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson.

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Clovia Hamilton, President Lemongrass Consulting with House Rep Lynn Westmoreland Georgia in 2012!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WIPP. All Rights Reserved. Here Clovia Hamilton is with a group of WIPP leaders during US Capitol Hill Visits.

WIPP. All Rights Reserved. Here Clovia Hamilton is with a group of WIPP leaders during US Capitol Hill Visits.

(c) WIPP. All Rights Reserved. Lemongrass Consulting's President Clovia Hamilton with Barbara English, President of English Solutions at the Annual WIPP Leadership Meeting.

(c) WIPP. All Rights Reserved. Lemongrass Consulting’s President Clovia Hamilton with Barbara English, President of English Solutions at the Annual WIPP Leadership Meeting.

Pat Council

Pat Council

On April 26, 2012, Lemongrass Consulting’s President and Founder Clovia Hamilton was interviewed by Jacksonville’s Pat Council on Pat’s BlogTalkRadio Show Designing Your Life Today!  Clovia presented a 10 Step Sales Management System to listeners.

Among its many business support services, Lemongrass Consulting provides business training and development with an emphasis on marketing to government agencies – aka government contracting.

 

 

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On April 23, 2012, we proudly announced the launch of our new Cafe Press Store !

We are selling new office products to remind you that lemongrass is an herb that relieves stress and by planning strategically, you can relieve stress!

 

 

Check out and buy our NEW coffee cups, travel mugs, journals, calendars, wall art, and more…!  “PLAN STRATEGICALLY” …

 

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Rebecca McClain

In March 2012, Clovia Hamilton invited Award-Winning expert in Business Coaching Rebecca McClain of RM Enterprises to speak to a   group of business owners in the Count Me In / Make Mine a Million (M3) Program.  Rebecca shared 20 Business Tips from Rebecca McClain.

 

Pam Perry

Pam Perry

 

Pam Perry

In February 2012, Clovia Hamilton was interviewed by PR Coach Pam Perry on Pam’s BlogTalk Radio Show called Diverse Business.  Clovia discussed Strategic Management Solutions for Organizations and Clovia’s article “Approaching Sales with Positivity – Building a 10 Step Sales Management System”.

 

 

Geri Stengel

Geri Stengel

In January 2012, Lemongrass Consulting’s founder Clovia Hamilton conducted a free webinar entitled “Grow Your Business Through Certification and Federal Contracting” in partnership with Geri Stengels’ Ventureneer online business resource center.

Lemongrass Consulting’s founder Clovia Hamilton served as a Small Town panelist during the 2011 Annual Environmental Justice Issues (EJ) Conference and drafted conference proceedings.  Clovia served on the 2012 EJ Conference planning a conference strategic planning committee.

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From October 2010 to March 2012, Clovia Hamilton managed the City of Albany and Dougherty County GA, Georgia’s Small Business Programs for small business enterprises in affiliation with the Georgia Tech Procurement Assistance Center (GTPAC). The programs include managing and marketing the Albany Small Business Enterprise (ASBE) and Dougherty Small Business Program (DSBP) Certifications, training courses, and networking events.  From November 2009 to March 2012, Clovia Hamilton helped the Georgia Tech Procurement Assistance Center (GTPAC) as a Procurement Counselor.  The GTPAC provides free procurement counseling and business management training classes for Georgia businesses!

 

Lemongrass Consulting assisted Tuskegee Alabama Mayor Omar Neal, Dr. Benjamin F. Payton, President of Tuskegee University Alabama, and John Rosenthall of the National Small Town Alliance with the “Downtown Revitalization of the City of Tuskegee” Forum in Tuskegee, Alabama held on December 10-11, 2009.  This initiative has been featured in The Tuskegee News December 17, 2009 and WSFA12 News December 11, 2009.  The focus was on the revitalization of hbcu college towns.

From Left: Dona DeLeon, retired USEPA exec and President of DeLeon & Associates, Clovia Hamilton, Tony Haygood of the Macon County Tuskegee Community Development Corporation (to rear of Clovia), John Rosenthall of the National Small Town Alliance, Tuskegee Councilwoman Georgette Moon, Tuskegee University President Dr. Benjamin Payton, Mary Means of Goody Clancy, Tuskegee’s Mayor Omar Neal, and Chairman Louis Maxwell of the Macon County Commission.

Clovia Hamilton assisted with event planning and implementation.  Representatives of city, county, regional, state, federal, philanthropic, private financing, and faith-based organizations – as well as alums – were invited to discuss the city’s needs; its importance as a HBCU host community for attracting and retaining students and faculty; strategic management planning; and resources.

Forum Report last revised Jan 8, 2010

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Thank You Letter from Alabama’s Governor Bob Riley

 

From Sep 24-26, 2009, Clovia Hamilton participated in the Count Me In, Make Mine a Million (M3) program’s Institute of Leadership at Office Depot’s Headquarters.

 

On September 10, 2009, Lemongrass Consulting Inc. graduated from the Georgia Governors Mentor Protégé Program (GMPP) and architectural firm HEERY was its mentor.   Lemongrass was featured in the Henry Herald September 16, 2009.


Clovia Hamilton standing with her mentor, Michele Brown-Rall of Heery International.

Lemongrass Consulting Inc. graduated from the City of Atlanta’s Clean Water Atlanta Small Business Development Program in December 2008. Graduates were taught about sewer construction methods, insurance requirements, accounting, and management.

 

Clovia Hamilton standing with City of Atlanta’s Mayor Shirley Franklin.

Mayor Shirley Franklin 

Clovia Hamilton with other Small Business Development Program Graduates.

Lemongrass Consulting Inc. was featured in the December 2008/January 2009 Atlanta Tribune’s Collector’s Edition for having won the Walmart Sam Walton Emerging Entrepreneur Award.

 

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Lemongrass Consulting Inc. was featured in the December 2008/ January 2009 Government Affairs issue of the Georgia Engineer for having won the Walmart Sam Walton Emerging Entrepreneur Award and for participating in the Governor’s Mentor Protégé Program with Heery International.

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Lemongrass Consulting Inc. won a Sam Walton Emerging Entrepreneur Award in October 2008. Clovia Hamilton, President of the firm receives one full year of free business coaching from the Coach Connection in association with the Count Me In program for Women’s Economic Independence.

Sam Walton Award

Clovia Hamilton shaking hands with Sharon Orlopp, Sr Vice President of Sam’s Club’s People Division, and Nell Merlino, President and CEO of Count Me In for Women’s Economic Independence.
Lemongrass Consulting Inc. was accepted into the prestigious Governor Perdue’s Mentor Protege Program and Heery International is its mentor firm.
Clovia Hamilton to the right of Georgia’s Governor Sonny Perdue.

Governor Sonny Perdue, Georgia Governor's Mentor Protege Program