TAP consultants are at the core of our work, and we’re looking for more people to join our team! Do you have experience in finance, marketing, strategy and operations? Are you passionate about helping under-resourced entrepreneurs achieve their personal and professional dreams?
If so, come join our team of nearly pro bono 200 consultants. We are looking for people to help serve thousands of small business owners across the country annually. Our ultimate goal is to build a more equitable and inclusive economy.
We’re hiring consultants across the country. In particular, we’re looking for people in Texas, Florida, California and Massachusetts. If you, or someone you know, is interested, we’d love to connect. The deadline for this current group is August 18th. Work will start in mid September. You can find the application here.
So who are TAP consultants and what do they do? Our consultants are highly experienced and have stellar credentials and experience in the private and public sector. They’re outstanding collaborators who understand the unique issues and challenges of small business owners.
Most consultants contribute roughly 50 pro bono hours per year, working for one or more clients, in a range of industries. At the same time, consultants gain resume-building experience, professional development, and networking opportunities with like-minded professionals.
If you have any questions, please reach out to Amber Yusuf, firstname.lastname@example.org. And to learn more, read about our newest consultants here and watch this video.
It’s hot in New York. And hot means ice cream season! To celebrate National Ice Cream Day** we’re featuring Penny Lick Ice Cream in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY. Today, owner Ellen Sledge is getting ready to open a second shop in Mamaroneck, NY, and she says TAP played a role in her success.
“TAP gave me a framework to think about my business,” says Ellen. “[TAP] is one reason I still stand here.” Ellen says she learned to have a “dashboard mentality” that enables her to look at “indicators of success everyday.”
Penny Lick’s custard-based ice cream is peanut, tree-nut and sesame free. Customers can actually watch the ice cream being made. In addition to retail locations, customers can find Penny Lick at farmers markets, or hire a mobile pushcart for a party.
In the fall of 2019, Ellen reached out to TAP looking for guidance on how to increase sales, expand operations and get a better grasp on inventory and costs. TAP consultants Nurit Praeger, Carolina Zambrano and Amber Yusuf spent time at Ellen’s Hastings store and extensively reviewed her business. Nurit, Carolina and Amber worked with Ellen on a series of projects:
**Be sure to read our blog about Ice Cream Social, an additional National Ice Cream Day story.
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Every neighborhood deserves a great ice cream shop.
That’s what high school friends Pam Geiger and Erin O’Keefe thought when they moved back home to White Plains, New York to raise their families. They couldn’t find a fun family gathering place in their area, so they decided to create what they were looking for. Ice Cream Social opened in 2021.
To mark National Ice Cream Day,** we’ve got the full scoop on Ice Cream Social. Both Pam (a special events fundraiser) and Erin (a stylist) knew how to create a welcoming environment, work with commercial partners, and generate the buzz needed to build a small retail business.
They transformed an old gas station into a bright, enticing ice cream parlor. In addition to regular scoops, they have milkshakes, ice cream cakes, ice cream sandwiches, coffee, and of course, Ice Cream Social merchandise.
TAP consultants Julia McClanan and Yvonne Lee stepped in to help when Pam and Erin had the opportunity to buy their building. They wanted to get a better handle on cash flow in order to apply for bank loans and secure financing.
Fortunately, TAP received a grant to support businesses in Westchester County, enabling us to work with Ice Cream Social. "It was amazing to have two people who specialized in different aspects of the business to get feedback on different parts of our business structure, " says Pam Geiger.
The TAP team focused on several areas:
**Also for National Ice Cream Day, check out our blog about Penny Lick.
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Meet Lawren Askinosie, Chief Marketing Officer of Askinosie Chocolate and TAP's President's Council member. Discover why Lawren joined TAP and how she celebrates World Chocolate Day!
👥 TAP: What attracted you to the TAP President's Council?
🗣️ L.A.: As a small business owner, I'm passionate about small businesses' impact locally and globally. TAP's work is vital and inspires me to support small business owners with my purchases.
👥 TAP: Tell us about Askinosie Chocolate's commitment to ethical sourcing, fair payment, and sustainability.
🗣️ L.A.: Most people don't know that much of the chocolate in the world comes from cocoa harvested by enslaved people. We're dedicated to creating the best-tasting, transparently-sourced chocolate. We source premium cocoa from smallholder farmers, paying them above Fair Trade prices, sharing profits, and collaborating on community development initiatives. Our chocolate is 100% transparent, traceable, and farmer-forward.
👥 TAP: How does Askinosie Chocolate celebrate World Chocolate Day?
🗣️ L.A.: This year, we're releasing our latest batch of white chocolate! It's made from scratch using our pressed cocoa butter, organic cane sugar, and goat's milk. Our white chocolate has a devoted following and has been sold out for months, so it's a great way to celebrate the day.
Thank you, Lawren, for sharing your small business experience as a valued TAP President's Council member. We appreciate you!
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