Access To Capital 2023 Series -Strategic Planning for Small Businesses

The AAEA proudly presents nationally recognized industry leaders that bring small business training, coaching, and marketing services right to your computer or mobile device. These professionals are dedicated to educating and equipping minority-owned businesses to build assets and operate more efficiently in order to compete effectively within the marketplace. These once-a-week Zoom workshops are FREE to participants and sponsored by the AAEA and its partners.

Opening a business and understanding credit helps get you to the table. Join us as the AAEA and Matt Rogers dive into an Introduction to Credit.

Your Presenter:


Dr. LaKami Baker, PhD, Associate Professor in the Department of Management and holds the Russell Foundation Professorship in Entrepreneurial Studies in the Harbert College of Business at Auburn University.


Dr. LaKami Baker, PhD, recently served as the Interim Executive Director of the Government & Economic Development Institute (GEDI) in University Outreach. Before GEDI, she served as the Managing Director of the Lowder Center for Family Business

and Entrepreneurship, where she assisted students, faculty, and community entrepreneurs in developing their business ideas, refining their business models, and preparing for investment presentations. During her four-year tenure, the start-up teams she

worked with won or raised over $1M in external funding and earned over $930K in revenue.


Baker earned her Ph.D. in Management and Organization Studies from the University of Texas

at San Antonio and holds an MS in Technology Commercialization from the University of Texas

at Austin and a BS in Electrical Engineering from Prairie View A&M University. Dr. Baker

teaches strategic management at the undergraduate and graduate levels and technology

commercialization at the MBA and executive levels. Her academic research has appeared in top journals such as the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Business Research, The

Leadership Quarterly, and Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, and currently serves as the

Treasurer of the Southern Management Association.

Baker currently serves as the principal or co-principal investigator on six grants totaling over $1.825M to provide technical assistance and entrepreneurial training to small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs. Dr. Baker is certified to provide training, coaching, and mentoring on the lean startup methodologies, value proposition design, and creating and developing sustainable business models by the International Business Innovation Association (InBIA) and

earned her Entrepreneurship Center Management (ECM) Certificate from InBIA. The ECM Certificate is the premier industry credential for the staff of incubators, accelerators, coworking spaces, small business development centers, and other entrepreneurship programs.


Prior to her academic work, Baker spent 11 years at 3M Corporation and held a variety of

positions centered on engineering and product management. She served as the leader of the

Electrical Supplies Business Unit, which had over $60 million in global revenue.


Access to Capital March Presenters

Categories: Financial Literacy, Funding, Professional Development
Start Date: 3/28/2023 6:00 PM
End Date: 3/28/2023 7:30 PM

Organizer: Leslie Giscombe