Internship through Tri-C, Goldman Sachs pays dividends for Dealership business, students

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

The aspiring CPA and entrepreneur recently completed her semester-long internship with the bookkeeping firm that has operated out of Shaker’s co-working community for 12 years.

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

In addition to getting paid, Moore noted that the internship provided new laptops for her and the firm, as well as unanticipated swag.

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

Moore was curious about how BudgetEase operated and got training in QuickBooks, an industry standard that will serve her well at Cleveland State or Florida A&M universities. As of last week, she had yet to decide between the two colleges.

In the meantime, the 2020 Maple Heights graduate is looking to set up her own retail business, a “metaphysical shop” featuring crystals, sage and maybe some books.

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

Moore, 19, worked with company owner and President Kathy Dise of Shaker Heights and Employee Experience Manager Amber Allen of Twinsburg, along with roughly a dozen other BudgetEase employees.

That team now includes Kelly McKay as manager of client experience, who was actually the Goldman Sachs “pilot program” intern assigned to BudgetEase from Tri-C prior to Moore’s arrival.

“It was kind of cool for me that, once I started my first corporate job, she was one of my mentors,” Moore said of McKay, who assisted with piloting a marketing plan at BudgetEase to reach out to 100 companies, as well as creating “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 bookkeeping firm’s booth at a Cleveland Accounting floor show. “One of BudgetEase’s core values ​​is ‘Having FUN While Getting Things Done!’ and I think this poster really shows that,” said Employee Experience Manager Amber Allen.Mariyah Moore

Allen, who also spoke at the 10KSB year-end luncheon in May where Moore picked up her “Fellows Certificate,” noted that one of the key takeaways for BudgetEase has been 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 gain this great talent,” Allen said. “And we’re so smooth we did. Mariyah and Kelly have been invaluable to us.”

The feeling is mutual, with Moore noting the inherent difficulty for college students seeking to gain on-the-job experience in their respective fields while going to school full-time.

And although a lot of the work is still done remotely on computer, Moore also enjoyed coming into the office at The Dealership once or twice a week.

“It’s a great co-working office space,” Moore noted of the former Zalud Oldsmobile dealership that is now part of the Shaker Heights Development Corp. (SHDC). “A nice open area 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 Goldman Sachs’ 10,000 Small Business Fellows program

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