Business Consulting Projects
Dee initially served as the Interim Small Business Director for the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) for eight months. She continued to work with the organization as an independent consultant for their Small Business Program shaping and structuring the program's operations, while engaging with both existing and new clients. Dee also played a key role in hiring the Director and training the Associate Director. Additionally, she designed a four-part workshop series aimed at aiding new business owners in understanding the fundamentals of entrepreneurship, thereby enhancing the program's overall capacity. Her contributions also include improving internal systems and data collection processes.
Small Business Strong
Small Business Strong is a state-wide initiative and has been a beacon of support since its inception in 2019 during the pandemic, offering free business consulting services to minority business owners. Dee stands out as one of the program's most dedicated and involved business consultants, providing valuable assistance to a diverse array of businesses since it’s beginnings.
The Sphere is a entrepreneurial organization dedicated to building an inclusive community that uplifts and inspires women and nonbinary entrepreneurs. As an active Board member, Dee presents a monthly group business consulting series and is involved in programing and events.
As an independent consultant at Hilltown CDC, Dee assisted diverse clients, including farms, theaters, and retail stores. She facilitated 40-50 digital grants, providing business owners with up to $10,000 to enhance their digital presence. Dee collaborated closely with the IT department to create an efficient CRM system for tracking client workshops and grant reporting. Annually she conducts multiple workshops as part of her role at Hilltown CDC.
Business Blueprint Program
Dee and Kasey Corsello, of Corsello Creo, have jointly delivered a unique eight-week business workshop series in Easthampton, Westfield, and Northampton. This highly successful program blends entrepreneurial mindset with fundamental business concepts, fostering intimate engagement with small business owners and promising substantial growth. They utilize the LivePlan business planning software as an integral part of the program, resulting in numerous successful outcomes.
Center for Women and Enterprise
Dee is actively involved with CWE (Center for Women & Enterprise), contributing her expertise through a range of valuable services. Her contributions include the presentation of the comprehensive CWE 10-week business planning series, the art of email marketing, and several workshops on the essential steps involved in launching a small business. Dee's dedication to CWE extends beyond workshop presentations as she is engaged with clients on an individual consulting basis.
CISA - Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture
We consulted on several short-term projects, each with a different focus.
Increasing client base for a maple syrup company
Secured & promoted a new product line for a pumpkin grower
Event planning for a composting company
Business evaluation and event planning for a home garden center
E-newsletter creation and website consultation for a cheese company
Level Acres Farm
Soup to nuts, or produce to plants, we did a complete business assessment for Level Acres. A dramatic improvement was seen to their on-line presence, creating a new logo, website and a vibrant ongoing newsletter. Their popular events were costing them money, and their staff needed training and job descriptions. All were solved for a more profitable business.
Wilder Hill Gardens
This creative and talented client asked for focus, direction and marketing help. We took each part of the business, analyzed it on all levels, in order to determine profitability and future fit with the owner. Sourcing and evaluating new suppliers was just one avenue for increasing revenue. Her marketing package became valuable when she had plants on sale, an event or a new service product.
World Rhythms - Tony Vacca
"Well first of all, Dee Dice can think inside the box, outside the box, and even when there is no box in sight. She’s got the kind of creative business mind that could quickly grasp the constellation of challenges I was trying to solve, and then make the suggestions that became solutions."