Melissa Dent
Senior Consultant

 

Melissa Dent is a native Washingtonian and graduate of the University of Maryland; College Park with a B.S. in Accounting, where she became a member of the Kappa Phi Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. in Spring,1979 and served as the chapter Treasurer. She began her financial career with one of the Big 8 Accounting Firms at the time, Arthur Andersen & Co. in Washington, D.C. and completed her qualifications as a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Maryland in November, 1982. Ms. Dent’s experience includes over 30 years in the areas of accounting, finance, commercial lending, small business development and entrepreneurship, including: Program Manager of a $22 Million Loan Guarantee Fund with the Maryland Small Business Development Financing Authority (MSBDFA) in Baltimore, Md. It was her Five (5) year tenure with MSBDFA, that sparked a passion within for assisting minority and small business owners with their growth and expansion needs. In 1987, Ms. Dent continued her career in Los Angeles, California, as an entrepreneur. She was President and Owner of an Environmental Products Company, generating over $500K in annual revenue for 5 years and later presided as President/Owner of a telecommunications company with her husband, and generated over $12 million per year in revenue. This experience allowed Ms. Dent to sharpen her marketing and professional speaking skills, training thousands around the country. While in Los Angeles, Melissa also served as Vice President of Commercial Lending at Santa Monica Bank for 2 years, where she serviced a loan portfolio of $40 million in the commercial loan, asset based lending department. After Bank of America purchased the small, hands on community bank, Melissa decided that perhaps it was time to return to the east coast and get closer to family. Upon returning to the Maryland area in April, 1999, Melissa enjoyed a brief reunion with her former colleagues at Meridian Management Group (MMG), the company that now manages the MSBDFA contract for the Department of Business and Economic Development (DBED) for the State of Maryland. Upon leaving MMG, Melissa worked for 11 years as President/Owner of OFFSITE CFO Enterprises, Inc. and provided Chief Financial Officer services to small and medium-sized businesses in the Maryland, D.C. and Virginia areas.

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