Business Structures and Formation


Minority Business Series presented by KeyBank


This webinar was held on October 15th, 2020. Watch the replay below.

The next webinar in our Minority Small Business series is about creating your company and the implications of the decision you make at the very beginning; are you going to be an LLC, a Sole Proprietorship, a C Corporation, a General Partnership and so on.

This webinar will provide answers on determining your business type and why your business formation decision matters. Panelists will discuss options and resources on how to file the Articles of Organization, obtain an Employer Identification Number (EIN), protect your business, and much more.



President & CEO, Nubian Construction Group

Deborah Oatts is President & CEO of Nubian Transport Management (d/b/a) Nubian Construction Group, a program/construction management company with divisions including tri-axle trucking transportation and outreach compliance program management company headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana. As a multi-talented businesswoman, Deborah has acquired a rich background through her 30+ years of professional experience. Deborah founded Nubian Transport Management in 1994 after a rewarding career at Eli Lilly & Company.



CEO, Mind Your Business Accounting

Kiahna W. Davis is a finance and operations professional, author, community activist, speaker, and philanthropist. She is currently the CEO of Mind Your Business Accounting and Consulting, where she specializes in finance, accounting, and tax strategies for her clients. Before pursuing her entrepreneurial dream, Kiahna served in CFO and COO capacities for two regional companies in Central Indiana. Kiahna also has almost two decades of experience in the manufacturing and banking industries with companies such as Motorola, Textron/Hawker-Beechcraft, and Irwin Union Bank.



East Central Indiana SBDC

Herold Jemison holds a BBA in Business Administration and an MBA in Management from Strayer University in Washington DC. Herold joins the East Central ISBDC after spending the last three years teaching economics to college students and dual-credit high school students. Prior to working in higher education, Herold spent the better part of the previous decade in Operations and Project Management in the wireless infrastructure industry. He believes that having an extra pair of eyes looking in from the outside of a scenario can be beneficial in many situations. Drawing from real-world experiences as well as textbook processes and then presenting them in a manner that helps clients make the most informed decision, is Herold’s ultimate goal.



Deputy Chief of Staff, Secretary of State Office

Lindsey Mayes joined the Secretary of State Office in January of 2018 and currently serves as Deputy Chief of Staff and INBiz/IT Director. Prior to joining the Secretary of State Office, she worked for the Attorney General’s office, serving under both General Zoeller and General Hill. Lindsey is a University of Indianapolis Alumni. A native resident of Vincennes, Indiana, Lindsey is now a Greenwood resident where she lives with her husband, three sons, and dog.

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