1CB story of our first year in a desk drawer, includes Padre Pio, red string, Master Cat Puddah, office supplies, business cards

Every Business
Has a Story

Ours starts in 2017 when we founded 1CB as a traditional boutique consulting agency focused on marketing and operations. Over time, we realized that the part of the business we liked best was those times when we were answering questions on demand. Something would go wrong. The phone would ring. And we would spend the next twenty minutes to an hour helping a business owner put out the fire.

Our clients loved it. And we loved it.

We'd answer questions at networking events, in ride shares, at the bar, in the grocery store, you name it. We had so many meetings for coffee and drinks and lunch... we were so full and over-caffeinated. And we realized there was a better way to help these business owners and give them the expert advice they so desperately needed without having them front that everything was "great."

From one-stop-shop to

Old parts drawers listing 1CB services

On average, 627,000 businesses are started every year. The majority of those new owners – whether they graduate from degree or certificate programs, start a business out of necessity, or choose to follow their dreams – start without basic business education, resources, or skills. Which is part of why 595,000 businesses close every year.

But it is not the whole story.

In starting to build 1CB, we started to realize how fragmented the advice and support that business owners received was. Each discipline had it's own way of doing things. Each consultant acted in a vacuum. And even though we tried to look at our clients' businesses holistically, there was something that wasn't quite right about the model.

The truth is, small business consulting is broken. The package model doesn't work for most business owners. Frankly, it doesn't work for most consultants, either. We know. We've tried it.

Our solution is to make all of our knowledge available, including the things we've learned the hard way, on-demand with no strings attached. We can help you take a holistic view of your business one question at a time.

People pulling the arc of the universe toward justice

We believe business is a vehicle to create the world we want to live in.

As minority business owners, fostering inclusion and creating access to opportunities are at the heart of our business.

The Founders

Barb Morgan-Browning

Professor, serial entrepreneur, and 3rd grade candy sales champion! Barb was raised in a family business and has started, grown and sold many businesses. She has a knack for helping business owners make money in ways they never dreamed.

Marc Hertz

After taking home an Emmy and Writers Guild Award for his work on TV, Marc took his talents to the Fortune 500, where he was at the forefront of digital transformation and enterprise level platform implementations.

Want to know what it's like to work with us?

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