SHAKER HEIGHTS, Ohio — For first-generation student Mariyah Moore and her mentors at BudgetEase, it was a match made in heaven — or in this case, The Dealership.

The aspiring CPA and entrepreneur recently completed her semester-long internship with the bookkeeping company that has been in business in the Shaker coworking community for 12 years.

They were brought together through the 10,000 Small Business Fellows (10KSB) Goldman Sachs-sponsored workforce development program at Cuyahoga Community College, providing a local talent pool with fully funded internships.

In addition to being paid, Moore noted that the internship provided new laptops for her and the company, as well as unexpected gifts.

But the mutually beneficial business relationship, on-the-job training and resulting friendships go way beyond “fun socks,” noted Moore, who plans to transfer her Tri-C credits into the pursuit. of a bachelor’s degree in the fall.

Moore was curious about how BudgetEase worked and took training in QuickBooks, an industry standard that will serve her well at Cleveland State or Florida A&M universities. Last week, she had not yet chosen between the two colleges.

In the meantime, the 2020 Maple Heights graduate is looking to start her own retail business, a “metaphysical boutique” offering crystals, sage, and maybe a few books.

“My work at BudgetEase allowed me to see what was needed to really make a difference at work and in a business,” Moore said. “It showed me how to be more responsible and efficient with my time. And a lot of it was teamwork.

Moore, 19, worked with the owner and president of the company Kathy Dise of Shaker Heights and employee experience manager Amber Allen of Twinsburg, along with a dozen other BudgetEase employees.

This crew now includes Kelly McKay as head of customer experience, who was actually Goldman Sachs’ “pilot program” intern assigned to Tri-C’s BudgetEase before Moore arrived.

“It was pretty cool to me that once I started my first corporate job, she was one of my mentors,” Moore said of McKay, who helped pilot a marketing plan at BudgetEase to reach 100 companies, as well as create “SMART” goals, an acronym for “specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and timely”.

Cuyahoga Community College intern Mariyah Moore is shown here at The Dealership in Shaker Heights with a poster commissioned several years ago by BudgetEase owner Kathy Dise for the accounting firm‘s booth at a trade show ClevelandAccounting. “One of BudgetEase’s core values ​​is ‘Having fun while getting things done!’ and I think this poster really shows that,” said Amber Allen, employee experience manager.mariyah moore

Allen, who also spoke at 10KSB’s year-end luncheon in May, where Moore earned his “Fellows Certificate,” noted that a key takeaway for BudgetEase was “the excellent experience” with Tri-C, as well as Goldman Sachs. .

“We’ve always promoted a culture of continuous learning, but we never thought of going to Tri-C to pick up this great talent,” Allen said. “And we’re so glad we did. Mariyah and Kelly have been invaluable to us.

The sentiment is mutual, with Moore noting the inherent difficulty for students looking to gain work experience in their respective fields while attending school full-time.

And while much of the work is still done remotely on the computer, Moore also liked to come into The Dealership’s office once or twice a week.

“It’s a great co-working space,” Moore noted of former Zalud Oldsmobile dealer who is now part of Shaker Heights Development Corp. (SHDC). “A beautiful open space where everyone feels welcome.”

At the closing ceremony last month, Allen, McKay and Moore celebrated their accomplishments alongside dozens of Cleveland small business owners, community college students, Tri-C President Alex Johnson and Jessica Taylor, National Director of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Fellows program..

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