Sherry Major (left), Jamie Crockett (center), Jaime Freidrichs (right)
“When you’re passionate about your work, it doesn’t feel like work.”
Jaime Freidrichs is the director of Missouri Women’s Business Center housed through the Central Missouri Community Action, where she oversees and coordinates day-to-day program management and operation.
Born and raised in Brookfield, Missouri, Freidrichs came to Columbia to study English at the University of Missouri in 1999 and has been in Columbia ever since. After graduation, she worked for 13 years at Woodhaven, a local non-profit helping adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Through the years, she transitioned from receptionist to the director of development. In that position, she was in charge of fundraising and public relations. Freidrichs has developed a strong sense of devotion for the nonprofit sector and is dedicated to improve the quality of life for our community.
During her time at Woodhaven, she earned a master’s degree from University of Missouri’s Truman School of Public Affairs, where she learned various aspects of non-profit management, such as planning, budgeting, brand development and client building.
Freidrichs is also a small business developer. Since 2004, she, along with her husband, has been running a documentary production company, Unicorn Stencil. Freidrichs develops business plans, secures grants, and assists with story development. From this experience, she developed strong time management skills and gained a deep appreciation of customer-focused business vision.
Freidrichs, 35, is now a certified Launch U facilitator who coaches clients in business development at the business center. She also teaches grant writing. Her goal is to provide a strong support system for businesswomen and make the program a catalyst for economic development in central Missouri.
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 certificate in nonprofit management from the MU Truman School of Public Affairs and is simultaneously pursuing her master’s degrees in journalism and public affairs. While pursuing graduate studies, she produces videos, radio and web stories for the University of Missouri’s media relations office.
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 Shining Light Media.
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.