Cumberland woman launches Mavenly Consultants to help small, mid-sized businesses

Cumberland woman launches Mavenly Consultants to help small, mid-sized businesses

Elaine Dickson, of Cumberland, has launched Mavenly Consultants, offering strategy, finance and bookkeeping services to small and mid-sized businesses.

CUMBERLAND – Mavenly Consultants, a Rhode Island certified woman-owned and Black-owned business, has opened in Cumberland, providing strategy, finance and bookkeeping services to small and mid-sized businesses.

Principal owner Elaine Dickson spent most of her career in the corporate world of banking and finance and later in the communications field. After several years and four children, she said she was looking for a new direction.

“I said, I’ve given a lot to others, and I’d like to take a shot at doing something very meaningful to me again,” she said.

Mavenly Consultants is a blend of her skills and background in accounting, finance and communications to work one-on-one with clients, providing strategies for starting companies and services for existing ones.

“Whether they’re just starting out and need help structuring their finances, if they need ongoing bookkeeping services, advice on a bank loan, or help preparing financial statements for a specific project, we’re here to serve and we have the expertise to help our clients,” Dickson said.

She’s able to work completely virtually, which allows her to target a nationwide clientele. “I’m very comfortable in the (virtual) space and have been successful in it,” she said.

Dickson has also partnered with JamesGoode Associates, a human resources consulting firm, allowing her company to offer “a full suite of HR services,” including diversity, equity and inclusion work.

As a Black woman business owner, Dickson said, “I often say that I bring my whole self to work or to a project; I’m not ashamed and not afraid. I can’t hide who I am and I don’t want to. It’s important for me to be who I am because it informs some of the work I do, especially in diversity and inclusion. I’m happy to own my identities and bring them all to work for me.”

“Data shows us Black women are a large demographic of small business owners, but that they often lack access to capital, resources and networking,” she said, adding that she’s looking forward to helping to close those gaps for others, and “being part of the conversation around building a successful economy for Rhode Island.”

“We’re hoping our clients will see us as their go-to for help,” Dickson said. “We love to serve.”

For more, visit mavenlyconsultants.com or call 401-405-4094.