About Us 

Jim Robinson

President/CEO of Urban Business Consultants, Inc., an innovative consulting firm established in 1989 that provides expertise, services and assistance in the following areas:strategic planning; organization & non-profit development; grant and fund development; diversity and economic inclusion; general consulting services; coaching; small/minority business development; entrepreneurial development; neighborhood & community development; workforce development; and, social enterprise development.  UBC’s focus is meeting the needs of clients operating in challenging urban environments while contributing to the redevelopment of our community through successful planning and diversity initiatives.  Mr. Robinson is founder of the Michigan Center 4 Economic Opportunity, L3C.

Mr. Robinson has been a consultant on minority business development, diversity and economic inclusion on several projects including: U.S. SBA One Stop Empowerment Zone Center; Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council Tier I & II and B2B Capacity Building advisor and trainer; grant developer for government programs in energy, construction, housing, entrepreneurship and social enterprise development across the nation. He has received numerous awards including: Chamber of Commerce Leadership Detroit Award; YMCA Minority Achievement Award; UofM Business School Black Business Students Award for Excellence; WSU Howard A. Donnelly Faculty Leadership and Scholarship Award; City of Detroit Pioneers Award; Michigan State Legislature Community Leadership Award; and Wayne County Board of Commissioners Community Service Award among others.

Errol Service

President/CEO of ECS, McDonalds owner/operator since 1994. Currently owns and operates 16 stores in the greater Detroit area representing one of the largest minority ownership programs in the nation.  Prior to becoming an owner operator, Mr. Service was involved in and won numerous awards for supplier diversity for his role in helping develop the McDonalds minority network as well as capacity building for numerous operators across the country. Due to his extensive Jamaican and African roots, he has championed diversity and economic opportunities for other cultures as well.  Mr. Service is known throughout the nation for his tireless work to address economic equity through efforts of the African Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce nationally as well as the Detroit organization which has established numerous supplier diversity programs such as ACE Hardware minority franchise development, federal contracting programs and many others.

Orlando Woods

Vice President Marketing and Sales, Faygo Corporation Detroit, has responsibility for all sales activities throughout the United States. Mr. Woods is a member of the Michigan Food & Beverage Association and has been responsible for developing relationships with many cultures especially Arab and Chaldean business owners throughout the U.S. and abroad.  His role included supplier diversity and he has been recognized for his outstanding contributions to building economic bridges for minority businesses including the Real Times Media/Michigan Chronicle “Men of Excellence Award.  Mr. Woods is owner of Simply Building Solutions, which partners with local developers and community development corporations to provide property preservation, housing repair and workforce training in a campaign to Create 1000 Jobs, One Brick, One House, One Neighborhood at a time.”

Major Projects

Michigan Food & Beverage
Developed supplier diversity programs for distribution and sourcing local, culturally diverse foodservice products

Michigan Casinos
Responsible for creating the Joint Employment and Procurement Advisory Board which has overseen the development of a minority supplier network generating millions annually in diversity spend and economic inclusion programming

Developed a minority network of store operators and diversity training program for store managers

U.S. Foods, Gordon Foods
Developed numerous diversity programs including drivers, GFS in the city concept and minority suppliers network

Faygo Corporation
Developed diversity program resulting in establishment of Arab and Chaldean retail and grocery stores, distributors and distribution centers across the US

United Way of Southeastern Michigan/WCCCD/U.S. Bankruptcy trustee
Foreclosure and Financial Literacy Series for families and non-profit partners including Federal Reserve Bank Money Smart training for community volunteers

Wayne County Community College District
Developed concepts for successful government/foundation funded education & training programs totaling over $8 Million

Michigan Center 4 Economic Opportunity L3C (MI-C4EO)
Organized MI-C4EO as a Michigan Low Profit Limited Liability Corporation whose mission is to empower individuals and enterprises to become financially sustainable and to reduce unemployment in the community thru economic opportunity & jobs creation partnerships.

Various small business development projects
Proposal Writer/Business Consultant for raising over $10 Million in SBA, bank, community lender, small business development loans for minority firms

Detroit Talent Hub (DTH)
DTH – a division of MI-C4EO – mission is to provide the “finishing touches” on metro Detroit talent and match qualified job seekers with employer needs for skilled workers. DTH partners responsible for recruiting, screening & placing 3,000 Detroit residents with three Detroit casinos. Two partnerships target creating 1,000 jobs for Detroiters and revitalizing Detroit neighborhoods through housing rehab training and revitalization work.

Christians United in Business Endeavors, 501 (c)(3)
Founder, Grant Writer/Social Venture Consultant – raised over $2 Million in corporate grants & sponsorships (Hudson’s, Target, Mervyns’ & Macys) for staffing/hiring, community transportation network & youth entrepreneurship initiatives operated in Midwest states; placed over 1,000 resident workers.

Christian Tabernacle Church Brotherhood Initiatives, Council of Baptist Pastors and other faith denominations
Coordinated presenters series on Men’s Issues including Health & Wellness, Financial Success, Foreclosure Series, Family & Faith, and Entrepreneurship.

Alkebu_Lan Village, 501 (c) (3)
“Lend A Hand” Campaign Consultant to raise $600,000 for 35th Anniversary with Quicken Loans

ClarusPro LLC, Community Health Organizations in metro Detroit area
Development of “Hunter House Assisted Living Homes” to serve seniors, veterans, aged out foster care youth and other special populations in metro Detroit region. Also implementing Health IT and EMR training for minority physicians.Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice, 501 (c)(3)Consultants for foundation grants totaling millions for environmental training/services & social enterprise initiative

Senior Solutions Home Repair Services dba Detroit Area Agency on Aging, 501 (c)(3)Minority Contractors Network
Developed contractors network and 12 week Capacity-building Training program for over 100 area minority contractors to deliver citywide home repair services for thousands of homebound seniors.

SER Metro Detroit Jobs for the Future, 501 (c)(3)
Grant Writer/Consultant for ARRA Stimulus $5.4 Million grant for Regional Energy Efficiency Partnership Training ProgramCouncil of Baptist Pastors of Detroit & Vicinity, 501 (c)(3)Grant Writer to establish ten Faith-based literacy centers

Spivey Community Development Corp CDC
Grant and program development numerous faith-based Community Development Corporations and services from workforce training to minority supplier/contractor network development throughout the city of Detroit.