Jessie Yankee
Director 

Jessie graduated from MU with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, followed by an MBA from William Woods. She worked full-time at the Small Business and Technology Development Center’s state office for five years.

She saw a need in her community, just as many entrepreneurs do, for affordable small business IT services in Columbia. From there, started her own business, EasyPC, and merged EasyPC with another local vendor, Midwest Computech after seven years.

 

Jamie Crockett
Communications Specialist

Jamie Crockett serves as the communications specialist and promotes the MoWBC’s mission, vision and events designed to help women entrepreneurs unlock their business dreams to the public and the press.

An East St. Louis, Illinois native, Jamie graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism with an emphasis in strategic communication. She has work and volunteer experiences in both broadcast journalism and public relations.

Jamie currently holds a master’s degree and a certificate in nonprofit management from the MU Truman School of Public Affairs, and is pursuing a second master’s degree in journalism. While pursuing graduate studies, she produced videos, radio and web stories for the University of Missouri’s media relations office, and more recently for the Missouri Department of Corrections.

Jamie also volunteers as the communications chair of the Mizzou Black Alumni Network Board of Directors, marketing chair for Columbia Access Television board, and has been recently appointed as an advisory board member for the Career and Technical Education program at East St. Louis Senior High School. She is a current Active Voice fellow through the Student Press Law Center in Washington, D.C., working to empower the voices of high school women. Prior to her transition to the Women’s Business Center, Jamie served as the deputy director of Communications for the Missouri Secretary of State’s office.

She wants nothing more than to pay it forward by encouraging others to shine the light they’ve been given. To this end, Jamie independently consults with executive directors, pastors and authors under the auspices of her own business, Shining Light Media.

 

Sherry Major
Business Coach and Training Coordinator 

Sherry Major is the Business Coach and Training Coordinator of Missouri Women’s Business Center housed through the Central Missouri Community Action, where she provides training and coaching to potential and existing business owners.  Major also coordinates workshop presenters and promoting the Missouri Women’s Business Center.

Born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, Major came to Columbia to study Marketing Education at the University of Missouri and has been in the Columbia area ever since.   Major has had several positions including Marketing Director of Capital and Columbia Malls,  Advertising Sales, High School Business Management and Marketing Instructor,  Director of a Sylvan Learning Center and most recently Business Development for a local payroll processing company.

During her time teaching, she earned a Master’s in Business Administration degree from William Woods University.

Major is an active member in several organizations including Chamber of Commerce, Women’s Network, Metro Rotary, Elks Lodge 594, and the D.O.L.L.S.

Major’s passion is working with entrepreneurs to develop their ideas into practice, and to help them maximize their talents and abilities.