We had the good fortune of connecting with Warren S. Galloway, Jr. and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Warren S., we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
There was no platform for entrepreneurs to interact with microlenders, small business service providers, bankers, and government municipalities. It took five years to plan and eventually execute the first National MIcroloan Conference in 2019.
What should our readers know about your business?
My bio does a great job of giving an overview of my background:
Warren S. Galloway, Jr. has more than 14 years of executive-level banking and over 25 years of small business experience. He has worked in many capacities with nonprofit groups, individuals, and businesses. Mr. Galloway has served in key positions at some of the largest national and regional financial institutions in the United States—among them E*TRADE Bank, Charter One Bank (now known as Citizens Bank), Standard Federal Bank (now known as Bank of America), and NBD Bank (now known as Chase Bank)—holding a number of posts in Regulatory Affairs, Compliance, Community Reinvestment (CRA), Community Development, Personal and Mortgage Lending, Investments, Small Business Lending, and Retail Branch Operations.
Mr. Galloway earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing/Business Administration from Central Michigan University, as well as a Juris Doctor Degree from Western Michigan University Cooley Law School. After completing his education, he became a community advocate, working to rebuild urban and rural communities by utilizing funds from financial institutions, government, businesses, foundations, private individuals, and his own personal resources. Economic and financial empowerment, youth and social activism, affordable homeownership, leadership training and fundraising, small business lending, and entrepreneurship have become the staples of his leadership role in the community. He also provides independent life skills, employment readiness training, job placement services, and small business guidance consulting assistance to individuals with disabilities and ex-felons. www.warrengalloway.com
Mr. Galloway is a strong advocate of microlending, and has taken the lead in promoting it as an important resource for small businesses throughout Michigan. He has assembled some of the best, brightest, and talented professionals under Warren Galloway & Associates LLC—all of whom are committed to providing top-notch consulting services, small business consulting, youth entrepreneurial training, pre-employment readiness, and job placement, ex-felon services, independent living and soft skills seminars to businesses and individuals in need of these services.
Mr. Galloway co-founded the HR Talent Group, which was a nationwide permanent and contract staffing firm that assisted small and large companies looking to fulfill their job placement needs. In addition, he became an adjunct professor of business at Baker College in Clinton Township, MI, and a Capital Strategist with the 313 Strong program, and former Portfolio Manager with the SWOT City program at TechTown Detroit. Mr. Galloway also co-founded Business Triage Services www.businesstriagesystems.com to pursue entrepreneurial support contracts nationwide with two partners. Plus, he is the co-owner of Inspired Book Publishing LLC, Cole Galloway Media LLC, and Blue Light Training & Consulting, LLC.
He is the author of twelve books: “10 Easy Steps to Starting a Business – Michigan Edition”, “Microloans and How to Apply for a Microloan,” “10 Easy Steps to Starting a Business – Youth Michigan Edition”, “NMC Program and Microloan Book”, “How to Successfully Apply for a Microloan”, “The Survival of the West Indian Manatee”, “Through the Eyes of a Former Slave – Charlott Brown, ”Basic Questions and Answers about Entrepreneurship in Michigan”, “Native Americans and African Americans: Assimilation Pre-1900s,” and “Exploring American Religions with African Roots – Are They Really So Different from Mainstream Religions?”, “How Grandmothers Deal with COVID-19: The Story of Amanda & Charlotte during the Worldwide Pandemic”, and “The Incident: What Triggered Warren Galloway to get involved with the Sit-In Movement during the Civil Rights Era.”
Mr. Galloway launched his new television show, “Doing Business with Warren Galloway, Jr.” in 2021. www.doingbusinessshow.com
Mr. Galloway is the founder of the National Microloan Conference—an annual conference for microlending industry professionals. The 2019 conference hosted over 350 entrepreneurs, microlenders, bankers, and service providers from across the county with over 70 speakers and 70 workshops. The next Conference will be held in 2022. www.microloanconference.com.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Monday – le crepe restaurant – Royal Oak Tuesday – Norma G’s restaurant – Detroit
Wednesday – Kizzo’s Chicken and Waffle restaurant – Detroit
Thursday – Detroit Pepper Company – Detroit
Friday – East Eats restaurant – Detroit
Saturday – They Say restaurant – Detroit
Sunday – Flood’s Bar & Grille – Detroit
These are all African-American-owned sit-down restaurants.
Campus Martius Park
Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My wife Tresa Galloway has been my biggest supporter throughout this endeavor, as well as my best friend John McCullough, Jr., but my colleagues in the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Detroit have been some of my strongest supporters and they encouraged me to launch the first-ever National Microloan Conference to fill a void for African-American entrepreneurs who have historically been denied access to capital. The conference’s goal was to provide access to capital by creating a networking event with the entrepreneurs and all the entities that support their work in urban communities across the country. The end result is new businesses in low-income neighborhoods and employment opportunities for the disenfranchised: returning citizens, low-income individuals, single parents, seniors, and youth in our urban core neighborhoods.