Jessie has led the MoWBC team since February 2018. Jessie attended the University of Missouri and graduated with a bachelor’s in business administration – management, followed by a master’s of business administration from William Woods University. While in school, Jessie worked for the Missouri Small Business and Technology Development Centers, where she was first introduced to the world of entrepreneurship. Shortly after receiving her MBA, Jessie opened her first business, EasyPC IT & Computer Repair, which she ran for seven years before it was acquired. She describes it as nothing less than fate that shortly following the sale of her business, the directorship for the MoWBC opened up, describing the opportunity as “meant to be.”
Sherry provides training and coaching to potential and existing business owners in our eight-county service area and coordinates workshop presenters and an array of topics that will benefit our clients on their entrepreneurial journey.
Born and raised in St. Louis, Sherry came to Columbia to study marketing education at the University of Missouri and has been in the Columbia area ever since. Sherry 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.
Shaunda Hamilton is the owner of Heart and Home Professional Services LLC, a State Certified Minority and Women Business-Owned Enterprise, where she has contracts with federal and state agencies for different project-based needs, transportation and courier services, and provides others subcontracting opportunities.
Shaunda is also the co-founder and executive director of Boone County Community Against Violence (BCCAV), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. BCCAV is committed to providing advocacy in and throughout the community to those who have been affected directly or indirectly by violence, grief, loss, and traumas. This is done by providing support aimed at empowering others through quality training, unification projects, and valuable supports to inspire a strengthened community.
Shaunda has over 20 years of quality management and process improvement experience, a degree in health information management, and she’s a Certified Victims Advocate and a Certified Non-Profit Executive.
In her spare time, Shaunda enjoys spending time with family, especially her three grandsons.
Jennifer is in charge of community connections, training, and coaching in our Cooper, Howard, and Moniteau county areas.
Jennifer grew up in the Dallas, Texas area, and attended college at William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri, earning a BA in international business and Spanish. She started her career at IBM Dallas in Global Marketing, and quickly realized she is an entrepreneur at heart, starting her first business at age 23. A serial entrepreneur, Jennifer has started several businesses from the ground up including a children’s bedding and accessories boutique that transitioned into a line of wholesale baby furniture and bedding. She and her husband also owned and operated an ice cream franchise in the Dallas area before moving to Mid-Missouri in 2010. She also has years of corporate experience in operations and marketing along the way.
Currently, Jennifer is the chief connector of The Connection Exchange, a welcome service that connects new businesses and new residents with the resources, products, and services they need in Mid-Missouri and beyond and provides software to other welcome services nationwide.
Adonica Coleman is the owner of A2D Events, which was established in Columbia, Missouri, in 2011. The company specializes in corporate, fundraising, and community events. The company has recently partnered with a tech team to create the virtual event platform VenueLive. Adonica is one-half of the professional emceeing duo AC|DC Emcee, and recently completed a two-year stint as an adjunct instructor at Stephens College in the Event and Convention Management program.
Sarah maintains the day-to-day operations of the Missouri Women’s Business Center.
Originally from Illinois, Sarah moved to Columbia to pursue degrees in Political Science and Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Missouri. Upon graduation, she spent time traveling and managing a local coffee shop before coming to the MoWBC.
Sarah is currently studying for her MBA at Columbia College.