Karlene had been a long-time CBP client and volunteer herself from as early as 2005 before joining CBP’s Business Finance Center in April 2012.
Karlene facilitates clients’ requests for financial review, financing needs, loan packaging and financial counseling services. She manages the Business Finance Center’s Revolving Loan Fund, including our current loan portfolio clientele. She also instructs workshops such as ‘Options for Funding Your Business’ and ‘Preparing for Funding’ designed to help clients understand the financing process and financing solutions available today.
Karlene has a background in healthcare, finance, new startup development, strategic planning, and management. Prior to her work at CBP, she owned a medical billing and transcription company, a staffing firm, and a janitorial partnership. In her extra time as a consultant, Karlene supports clients with coaching and other strategic solutions, including teaching online ecourses for 8,100 enrolled students in over 100 countries. She has been an Adjunct Professor for Prince George’s Community College Workforce Development program for 7+ years. She also provides instructional support to Fairfax County residents through Fairfax County Public School’s Adult Continuing Education program since 2011. She is in the process of completing her Financial Modeling & Valuation Analyst certification and pursuing other related higher education options.
Karlene is also a bestselling author and speaker and is considered a foremost expert on Alternative Business Financing.
Karlene currently resides in Alexandria, Virginia, with her husband, teen son and daughter along with the heart of their family, pet dog Rex. She provides community support through her church and other organizations. She is passionate about special needs families and mental health awareness. She loves music, especially reggae, R&B and gospel. She also enjoys reading various types of books, writing, crocheting, gardening and cooking. Karlene is originally from sunny Montego Bay, Jamaica.
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