Clients call me their business GPS, say I “act as their not-so-silent partner and make business seem simple.” At the heart of it all, I’m driven by getting people to connect their passion, their purpose and how to make it all profitable.
Désirée H. Young, MBA – Chief Market and Business Developer (the official bio)
Désirée H. Young, M.B.A. is the founder and CEO of VentureWalk Business Partners, LLC, a New Orleans-based small business and entrepreneur development company. She brings 20 years of experience in project management, marketing strategy and business development to the small business and entrepreneurial community. Désirée holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Boston University and an M.B.A. in entrepreneurship and marketing from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. She’s a self-proclaimed professional student and life-long learner.
As an adviser, Désirée guides business owners, entrepreneurial leaders and small business advocates in identifying paths to growth that honor their values, serve their community and positively affect their bottom line.
As a marketing consultant and business coach, clients refer to her as their Business GPS. Désirée uses her proprietary 8M process to grow businesses by creating compelling communications, marketing their messages, solidifying success systems and developing profitable plans. She’s consulted business owners in over 27 different industries that have boasted record increases in sales, nation-wide product placement, expansions being funded and an overall sense of control over how to expand their businesses. Her products have enabled dozens to win pitch contests, get capital for their causes and attract loyal clients.
As a sought-after blogger, speaker and trainer Désirée has been dubbed the Marketing Maven by BlackMBA Magazine and featured for her management advice in blogs and publications including Home Business and Black Enterprise magazines. From her marketing training and coaching programs like RoadM.A.P. to Marketing Success(TM) and Business GPS Action Circle to her 3-Stage Marketing System, Désirée’s dedication to educating business owners has guided her career. She is a faculty member of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses initiative for both the New Orleans site and the newly released national cohort based at Babson College. She’s also the business pitch and presentation coach for Capital One Bank’s Getting Down to Business Program.
Désirée’s work reaches beyond America’s borders and has been recognized in the Huffington Post. She’s an advocate for entrepreneurship and sustainability in the country of Haiti and other under-served parts of the Caribbean. As a special consultant to Haiti’s largest microfinance institution Fonkoze and Haitian crowdfunding site Zafen; Désirée has a particular interest in how business growth and entrepreneurship affects economic development and financial independence in developing communities in the U.S. and around the world.
To read the unofficial bio and learn more about her personal story – path of purpose – go here
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