Meet our SpringBoard Finance Specialists:
Smartfish Studio & Sustainable Supply
Alisha Budkie is the owner and maker at Smartfish Studio & Sustainable Supply.
To open the space at 1301 Main Street, she conducted a successful crowdfunding campaign, and was awarded the Over-the-Rhine Chamber of Commerce Business First Grant. She was selected as a Bad Girl Ventures Finalist, and secured a low interest line of credit, to allow her business to grow in the fall of 2012.
Bad Girl Ventures
Corey Drushal became the Executive Director of Bad Girl Ventures, Inc., in February of 2013 after serving with the organization for two and a half years.
Under Drushal’s guidance, the Cincinnati-based Bad Girl Ventures, Inc. supports their three current program locations in Cincinnati, Cleveland and Columbus. Propelled by continuous innovation and strategic long range planning, Drushal will helm BGV’s continued growth to bring their powerful, results-driven activities to even more female entrepreneurs in the coming years.
Drushal’s leadership is punctuated first by her passion for supporting women through micro-enterprise and next by her valuable experience. Prior to her directorship with BGV, Drushal accumulated a long history of public service through global volunteerism and her legal education at Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University.
A native of Louisville, Kentucky, Drushal now resides in the Cincinnati area with her husband and the unofficial mascot of BGV, their beagle named Dixie.
Mary brings over 30 years’ experience in the banking industry to clients. Her professions career, which includes Business/Commercial Lending, Government and Private Banking, has spanned Washington, Nevada, Utah, California, Ohio and Kentucky. Mary is a graduate of American Bankers Association School of Commercial Lending and currently serves on the Boards of Wildlife Conservation Kentucky Inc. and Children’s Hunger Alliance. Mary is also a member of the BizWomen Cabinet, a volunteer at Parrish Kitchen and is an active volunteer and supporter of many other local and national causes.
Erin M. Kidwell
Girl Develop It
Erin M. Kidwell, a treasury manager and independent consultant with experience in implementing merchant payment processing for non-profits, small/medium businesses, and corporations. She also the local organizer for Girl Develop It: a low-cost education program that enables underrepresented groups, with a focus on women, to learn and practice software development in a supportive environment.
Michael L. Leahr
Greater Cincinnati Microenterprise Initiative, Inc.
Michael L. Leahr is a Business Coach and Loan Officer with Greater Cincinnati Microenterprise Initiative, Inc. (GCMI), a non-profit corporation whose mission is to promote self-sufficiency and community economic development by stimulating and supporting entrepreneurship among low-moderate individuals.
Mr. Leahr has a twenty-seven year career in banking. His level of career progression started from the management-training program, through retail branch management to business banking and business banking sales management to culminating with his position as Vice President and Community Development Lender. Mr. Leahr has severed on several loan review committees and severed with the Gaines Memorial Endowment Fund and The Forest Park Quality of Life Task Force and Economic Development Commission. He was also honored as a YMCA Black Achiever. He was named the Financial Service Champion of the Year in 2010 by the Columbus District of the SBA.
Joe Schlimm’s commitment is working with small businesses offering them cash flow and lending solutions which help them grow and develop into a vibrant business and asset to the community they serve. He especially enjoy working with the “start up” entrepreneurs who have passion about their business, which is really their life, and dream and goals to do be a be their own boss, and understand that becoming a small business owner is an on going educational process.
Joe serves an advisory role to the Greater Cincinnati Microenterprise Initiative and is also on the Board of the Over-the-Rhine Chamber of Commerce.
Bad Girl Ventures
Carlin has thirty-five years of experience in sales, general and business development management with large and medium size companies. He held senior or executive level positions for approximately twenty-six years; including V.P. International Business Development, Hubert Company; V.P. Sales, Hubert Company; Division President & COO Work Wear Corp. and Division V.P., General Manager Searle Medical Products. His experience has provided a total business perspective that has enabled Carlin to develop solutions based business development programs, build professional sales organizations and form profitable, lasting relationships with large B2B clients and customers.
Since 2010, Carlin has worked as a Business Development Consultant. He is also an advisor to Bad Girl Ventures, an advisory board member for SoMoLend and works as a volunteer counselor for SCORE.