Program Staff

Maurice Davis business consultant with Empower. Empower is a program for people looking to start a business in iowa.

Maurice Davis, SA SSM - Business Coach

Maurice grew up in the Chicagoland area and moved to Iowa in 2013 for a position with GEICO Auto Insurance. He attended the University of Upper Iowa, earning a bachelor's degree in finance and is currently pursuing a master's degree in finance.

Maurice worked as a financial advisor with Merrill Lynch, which helped merge his passion for finance, education and helping people into a wonderful career opportunity. During his time at Merrill Lynch, he became involved in many community activities, some of which include serving on the board of Families helping Families and African American Museum. Maurice also volunteers with VITA, JA and during the summer he coaches youth football.

Maurice's Credentials:

Certified SAFe 5 Scrum Master 

Certified SAFe® 5 Product Owner/ Product Manager

Certified SAFe® 5 Agilist.”

Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification

Faith Robinson empower Marketing/PR Specialist. Empower is a program for people looking to start a business in iowa.

Faith Robinson - Social Media Manager


Faith Robinson was born and raised in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She attended Kirkwood Community College where she earned her liberal arts degree. Immediately after, she moved on to Mt. Mercy University where she earned her bachelors in communications with a minor in public relations.

While attending college she picked up a few skills that she is able to apply to her current position. She was involved in Kirkwood Student Productions where she did photography and videography and she wrote for both student newspapers.

She has four children and one granddaughter. She enjoys spending her free time with her family, and traveling with her daughter's AAU basketball team. She enjoys helping people and wants to be an asset and resource to her community.

Jane Boyd logo on the business services website for Empower. Empower is a program for people looking to start a business in iowa.

Jane Boyd Childcare Team


We understand the importance of your greatest asset- your children. The team at Jane Boyd provides certified after school childcare. The childcare team will provide full activities to keep you little ones engaged.

The childcare staff will help with homework during the school year. The goal is to provide the best after school experience for both you and your child. 

Dinner or a snack is provided to all the children in attendance. 

Mentors/Class Facilitators

Julie Lammers SBDC and SCORE Mentor

Julie Lammers

Julie Lammers

Julie Lammers

Julie believe strongly in the importance of small businesses and the key role they play in our growing community. 

Julie can help in the areas of process management, human resources, and business planning. 

Julie's industry experience is in retail, food, and network development 

Scott Swenson  Regional Director at Kirkwood SBDC

Scott Swenson

Julie Lammers

Julie Lammers

I  am a  small business and start-up business counselor with over 25 years of experience in operations, organizational development, management consulting, sales, and business growth strategy for small and mid-size organizations.

Extensive experience in business development, financial modeling, process improvement, process engineering, innovation, collaboration, change management, and market analytics.

Proven track record as an individual producer, entrepreneur, collaborator, consultant, and key member of a business team.  

Denise Fuller Horizons, A Family Service Alliance Cedar Rapids

Denise Fuller

Samantha Wagner

Samantha Wagner

   Denise has a passion for helping others to improve their financial stability by providing high-quality, one-on-one financial education and counseling. 

Denise assist consumers seeking credit and money management counseling which include resolving client’s budgeting, debt, expense, credit and savings issues and, if applicable, residential loan guidance.  

Samantha Wagner Staff Attorney at Iowa Legal Aid

Samantha Wagner

Samantha Wagner

Samantha Wagner


Staff Attorney at Iowa Legal Aid, where she provides legal services and representation to low-income entrepreneurs in both litigation and transactional matters. 

Samantha graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School, and received her Bachelor of Arts from Drake University. She is admitted to practice law in Iowa, Wisconsin (inactive), and Texas (inactive). 

Samantha has extensive experience working with immigrants and works to provide culturally-competent and creative solutions to clients' legal issues. In her free time, she works to destigmatize mental health, especially for the legal profession, and serves as a cultural ambassador for the Midwest.


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