Setting Up Your Home-Based Grants Consulting Business

Thinking of starting a consulting business? Or are you an established consultant with dreams of stretching outside your box? Join GPC's Bethany Turner and Trish Bachman, plus a panel of their grant consulting friends in a lively discussion on the quirks of being small business owners AND grant professionals.

During the workshop we'll talk about the following topics:
the nuts and bolts of getting started,
the importance of certification,
the role of ethics in consulting,
the tools of the trade,
the good, the bad, and the ugly of client relationships, and
the importance of building a support community.

Together, the panelists will share valuable resources, answer audience questions, and provide encouragement and support.

GPC Competencies Addressed:
Nationally recognized standards of ethical practice by grant developers
Methods and strategies that cultivate and maintain relationships between fund-seeking and recipient organizations and funders
Practices and services that raise the level of professionalism of grant developers

Bethany Turner, GPC, is the owner of bmtconsulting. She holds a Bachelor's in Communication Studies from Ball State
University and a Nonprofit Administration Graduate Certificate from Western Kentucky University. Bethany started in the grant profession as an AmeriCorps VISTA member. She has secured more than a million dollars in funds for disaster rebuilding, arts education, drama therapy, historic preservation, higher education, and youth programs. 

Trish Bachman is the owner and lead consultant for The Write Stuff Delaware LLC. Her grant journey began with a volunteer assignment with Mothers against Drunk Driving and an online grant writing course. Since then, Trish has worked in every aspect of grant program management, design, implementation, and reporting in both nonprofit and government agencies. She received the Certified Grant Writer credential from American Grant Writers Association in 2014 and received her GPC credential in 2017.

Amanda Day, GPC is a self-proclaimed book nerd, grant geek, and social butterfly. She began work as a grant consultant after working as the City of Alpharetta's Grants Administrator for 12 years. She was elected to the Grant Professionals Association Board of Directors in 2016. She served the Grant Professionals Certification Institute Board from 2008-2016. Amanda is employed as a trainer for Grant Writing USA and holds a B.S. in Communications and Psychology from Southwest Baptist University.

Rachel Werner, Owner and CEO of RBW Strategy, has over 15 years of grants and project management experience spanning the corporate, nonprofit, and public sectors. She provides support to clients on the full-lifecycle of grants activities and proposal development, project management, and strategic planning. Since the beginning of her career, she has helped to garner over $22 million in grants and contracts. She is a certified Project Management Professional and Certified Grants Professional.

Kathy Hatfield has helped non-profits invest in their missions through grants for 13 years. She's an accomplished, grant professional certified (GPC) with extensive leadership experience in the non-profit sector. So far, she has written awarded grants totaling more than $56 million from Federal, state, and local sources to help communities address critical needs. Kathy's educational background includes a bachelor of arts and a master of education from the University of Southern Mississippi.

A decade of volunteering with nonprofits gave Kim Sanchez the "aha moment" that her skills and attributes could be better used. Her experience building for-profit businesses, technical writing and sitting on nonprofit boards served as her wake-up call to repurpose her career to something that matters. Kim's passion is to help nonprofits realize their dream. She offers smart, practical and often humorous support for small nonprofits that are ready to shift from a messy struggle to an innovative community partner. Working with front-line staff, program managers, directors and organization executives Kim handles "everything grants" for her health, education, and human services sector clients. She has a Bachelor's in Communications/Public Relations and a Nonprofit Management Certificate from UCLA. Currently, she is hard at work studying for her GPC.