The 2013 U. S. Small Business Administration Financial Services Champion of the Year, Shirley Brooks, is President at Liquid Capital Alternatives a Texas based alternative lender specializing in Accounts Receivable Financing, Asset Based Lending (ABL), and Purchase Ordering Financing.
Shirley’s professional resume includes over 20 years of intensive underwriting training in the alternative finance industry including 13 years in microfinance, professional experience in executive management, training, organizational development, leadership and business development. Shirley’s passion is ensuring a path toward growth for small businesses by assisting owners in financial education and accessing capital. Her passion has created a platform to serve as a Subject Matter Expert in making the unbanked, bankable.
Shirley recently served as AIM Global Financial LLC’s Manager of Market Development & Sales Division, a Texas Based specialty commercial finance division that offers Accounts Receivable Financing. AIM Global Financial partners with Gulf Coast Business Credit (GCBC), the working capital finance division of Gulf Coast Bank & Trust Company. GCBC is ranked amongst the top 20 largest factoring firms in the United States.
Shirley Brooks served the Women Business Enterprise community for over 2 years as the Director of U.S. Small Business Administration WBEA – Houston Women’s Business Center (WBC). The host agency WBEA, WBC is a 501 ( c ) (3) non-profit organization providing women’s business enterprises with one-on-one counseling to grow scalable businesses and create job growth. The WBC provides business training, counseling, coaching, mentoring and other assistance geared toward women. They served over a 1000 women in 2015. The Center offered pre-certification review for WBE’s WBENC. The WBC program is recognized as part of a network of over 106 centers throughout the U.S. Shirley’s focus was specializing in meeting the needs of women entrepreneurs and providing one-on-one business coaching and training to over a 1000 clients per grant year. The Center was funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement by the U.S. Small Business Administration. SBA Women’s Business Center helped woman turn their inspiration into action.
Shirley found her purpose as she served over 13 plus years’ with ACCION Texas, “LiftFund” as Vice President Southeast Division. She provided thousands of loans helping unbanked small businesses gain access to operating capital through microfinance to grow their business and create jobs. Shirley believes small business can’t grow without accesses to operational capital and more importantly the proper understanding of how and when to utilize alternative financing, Micro Loans, Accounts Receivable Financing, Factoring, Asset Based Lending, Equipment Leasing, Purchase Order Financing, and SBA 504 Loans. Educating the Small Business Community has and will always be a passion for her.
With focus and determination Shirley has established a true customer following over the past fifteen years, with a presence in the Houston business community through collaborations with community partners including the banking industry. She is known as a Subject Matter Expert in alternative financing. Shirley is proud of her native Houstonian legacy (Go Cougars) and her business studies at University of Houston. Shirley is also the proud mother of a lovely daughter.