Carmen West has focused on stimulating national, small business growth since 1997 and has worked with a host of public and private sector organizations on strategies to diversify supply chains and increase small business growth via access to capital and economic development. West, managing partner of ESS, a small business consulting firm, has secured billions of dollars in capital and contracts in the U.S. and abroad.
West’s leadership has resulted in the appointment of several executive roles to include The Ohio Minority Business Advisory Council, appointed by Governor, Ted Strickland, serving as vice chair, The Ohio Minority Business Executive committee, a 7-member, state wide committee designed to advise Governor, John Kasich on minority business matters to support the states spend goal of $1.72 Billion with ethnic owned firms and Deputy Director of Development for Mayor, William J. Healy, II where she jointly created over $100MM in economic development. Under the Obama administration, West served as an advisor on access to capital and small business. Leading the Capital Access Team, a financial advisory team that advises the U.S. Department of Commerce on capital matters relating to ethnic owned firms in the areas of pension fund management, traditional debt, venture debt and equity, mergers and acquisitions, non-bank financing, bonding, accounting, valuation, tax and due diligence, West and her team have sourced over $4 Billion dollars in finance transactions for the agency. West has also supported U.S. businesses growth abroad. West has secured over $100MM in procurement and finance in Africa, Germany and Switzerland. To address the impediment of women in non tech receiving venture backing, West recently launched the 641B capital fund. A venture capital fund for women or co-women’s own firms.
West holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and received several executive certifications in mergers and acquisitions.