business & economic development

“everybody can be great, because anybody can serve”

~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Watching the “Eyes on the Prize’ documentary series in middle school caused Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to become a lifelong inspiration to me.

Its important that this website convey the depth of my professional experience in business, economic and community development, but it is equally important that you have a sense of my values.

I am a servant leader. Whether managing a workforce of 3 or 3,000 (and I’ve done both) I extend equal respect to stakeholders at every level. I share information freely and seek to champion success for the individual as well as the organization.

In addition to being morally relevant to me, it has proven to be successful in my leadership approach. You can expect a spirit of teamwork, honesty and humility from me in any capacity that we would collaborate.

Photo: Steve Shope with Martin Luther King, III, son of civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Steve helped raise funds for the King Center.

Steve also supports community by volunteering. He is a Disaster Action Team member with the American Red Cross and a Business Mentor with Service Corp of Retired Executives (SCORE).

Business & economic development can be complex and there are no one-size-fits-all solutions. I’ve listed some key topics that I have expertise in, but it is by no means exhaustive. It is for this very reason that I offer a free one-hour consultation so I can better understand your needs and provide meaningful direction that is beneficial to your objectives.














Grant Writing

Capital Campaigns

Community Relations

Public Relations


Coalition Building



Speaking Engagements


Data Prospecting

Data Analysis

Business Valuation


Purchase or Sale of Business

Business Start-Up

Team Facilitation

Social Capitalism

Entrepreneur Coaching

Cottage Industry

No Distance is Too Far

International Community Council – Cleveland, OH

U.S. Dept. of Commerce – Washington, DC

Harrisburg, PA

Case Western University – Cleveland, OH

Manhattan, NYC

Pittsburgh, PA

Charleston, WV

Trinidad, West Indies

Youngstown University – OH

Jerusalem, Israel

Erie, PA

Hazleton, PA

Akron, OH

Chicago, IL

Los Angeles, CA

Philadelphia, PA