The Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the hire of Stephanie Elvey as our new Financial Counselor with the Small Business Development Center (SBDC)!
We'd like you to get to know her a little better through this Q&A. Learn a little more about Stephanie, her career and what she enjoys outside of the office.
Let's get to know Stephanie...
Tell us a little bit about yourself:
I am a local gal, born and raised in Toledo and am a UT graduate. I have a wonderful fiancée, an amazing 8-year-old daughter, and an adorable black lab named Leo. My initial professional background was in early education, for many years as an administrator, until I moved to consulting fellow administrators on financial practices, operations, licensing, quality, and leadership. A few years ago, I decided I wanted to take my professional experience further, so I began working on my master's degree. In December 2022, I passed the SHRM-CP exam and in May 2023, achieved my MBA from the University of Toledo in Finance and in Human Resource Management.
What brought you to the Chamber?
As a consultant for early learning administrators, I would refer individuals looking to open their own centers to the Chamber for their small business development and financing needs. Becoming a Financial Counselor for the Small Business Development Center allows me to have a greater impact by not only directly helping the individuals I had been referring to the SBDC, but also broadening my scope of counseling for business success across other industries.
What do you hope to accomplish in your role at the Chamber?
I hope to use my experience and skillset to support and guide those looking to build their business, watching my clients succeed from the ground up.
What do you look forward to doing in your role?
I look forward most to building great relationships with clients, learning from them, and then imparting the knowledge they need to make their business successful.
What is your proudest career achievement?
I am a state-approved ECE trainer and am proud of designing and leading multiple training series that have progressed my clients’ leadership, profitability, and sustainability. In the last year, I have observed my clients make business decisions based on those trainings that have moved them from a deficit to a profit and then instituting policies and procedures that ensure their sustainability.
And now to get a little more personal...
Tell us a fun fact about yourself:
I have a passion for music, have played bass guitar and piano in a band in the past. I am also a huge hockey fan-Go Wings!
What is your favorite book or movie?
I love the Harry Potter and Nancy Drew series. I share a birthday with Harry Potter (an important detail shared consistently throughout the books), and since the books came out when I was around that age, I felt like I grew up with Harry. I also love a good mystery, and the Nancy Drew series (and computer games) were both entertaining and empowering when I was growing up. As for movies, one of my favorites is Jurassic Park!
What is your favorite meal or food?
I could go for Mexican any day, every day. Tacos and queso dip are my favorite!
Tell us about some of your favorite hobbies or things you are passionate about:
I am very passionate about running and completed my first half marathon. I am currently training for another, and still deciding on trying for a full marathon or a triathlon next year. I love spending time with my family, especially playing board games. I also love to travel—this year I have been to Hawaii, Georgia, Ireland, the UK, and Montana.
Leave a comment below to welcome Stephanie!
By Kyrin Grime: TRCC Talent & Workforce Intern, Summer 2023
The Chamber is proud to announce that our own Brian Dicken, Vice President of Advocacy and Strategic Initiatives, was recently recognized by the Association of Defense Communities, or ADC, as a 2023-2024 Defense Community Champion.
The Defense Community Champions program celebrates leaders on base, in communities and across local governments and industry who make a difference in their defense communities.
November, with its golden hues and a hint of wintry anticipation, holds within it a profound invitation—to pause, reflect, and express gratitude. So there is no better time to say “thank you” to all of our members, and welcome our newest ones to the table.
Each new addition to our chamber brings a unique perspective and expertise that enriches the collective knowledge and bolsters our shared mission to create vibrant economic opportunities for all in our region. As we continue to work together, we aim to forge a path that not only benefits individual businesses but also contributes to the sustainable growth and development of our community as a whole.
Please help us extend a warm welcome to all our new members who joined us in October:
The Leadership Fund has voted to endorse:
City of Toledo - Council
Carrie Hartman, At-Large
Sam Melden, District 5
City of Maumee - Council
September is a month of transition, from the lazy days of summer to the crisp air of fall. It's a time when students return to school, workers get back into the swing of things, and everyone prepares for the coming winter.
September is also a time to set goals as we look to the year ahead, making it a month of new beginnings, which includes new members!
The boards of the Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Toledo Area Small Business Association (TASBA) recently voted to support two property tax renewals for Toledo Public Schools (TPS).