Danielle Douglas is a New York based business advisor, coach, facilitator, and trainer. Over the past three decades, she has worked in both the private and public sectors in a broad range of professional capacities.
She earned her B.A in 1988 from Syracuse University. Danielle Douglas is President of Inspire Enterprise, Inc. which began in 2007. As an engaging business advisor and facilitator, Danielle inspires leaders to learn new ideas and take positive action. Her business acumen serves as a foundation for leaders to expand their knowledge base and skills.
Danielle was raised and still resides in Southeast Queens. She has been a resident of the community for over forty years. She has participated in the vibrancy of her community by advocating for small business owners as a professional and supporting them as a local consumer.
As a consultant, Danielle has lent her expertise in building the capacity of MWBEs in critical areas such as MWBE Certification, training, and access to capital. She understands the vital importance of the old adage, Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.
She was the architect of the MWBE Contract Ready Program that the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at York College implemented to ready local MWBEs for contract opportunities resulting from the JFK Redevelopment Project.
In addition, as a sub-contractor of Mason Tillman Associates, Danielle was involved in the Local Business Census initiative to identify local businesses operating in Design & Construction, Professional Services, Goods & Services, Concessions, Operations and Maintenance to assist the Port Authority of NY and NJ in meeting its objective of engaging as many local MWBEs as possible for the JFK Redevelopment Project.
Danielle was also instrumental, along with her strategic partners Interise and Rockaway Development Revitalization Corporation (RDRC), in bringing the Interise Strong program to the local small business community of Southeast Queens to address the immediate challenges of COVID-19 as well as the Interise Streetwise MBA program – a seven month capacity building program.
Danielle understood there was more work to be done. The COVID-19 and Black Lives Matter Movement declared that in no uncertain terms. The disparity within disparity in the MWBE community needed to be addressed. As a result, she founded The Council of Black Business Enterprises in August 2020 and planned the first annual Black Business Owners Forum that took place on October 15, 2020.
Her philosophy is “all are destined for greatness when achieving their mission and living their vision.”