Greetings, I am Lula “Lu” F. Banks, Ed.D. Welcome to the website of Banks Inclusive Group, LLC (B.I.G.).
I am excited and looking forward to serving entrepreneurs to strengthen their contractual opportunities for governmental contracts. B.I.G.’s primary focus is to “walk along side” and edify emerging entrepreneurs with realizing their highest potential; to be better at comprehending government contracts; to build self-worth in mastering the application of competitive bidding, and to become more engaged in the marketplace while reaping scalable economic growth and benefits. It is my passion and dream to help macro businesses become more successful in this competitive environment. For many years, I have served on the “opposite side of the table” and could only provide a minimum level of service to assist those struggling entrepreneurs. I observed the frustration and disappointment of many of them striving to ascertain contracts but unable to deliver because of a lack of comprehension and application to succeed. Because of my passion to make a difference, Banks Inclusive Group, LLC was created.
Because I had been in a position to observe the problems and potential solutions affecting emerging entrepreneurs, I felt compelled to endeavor and make a difference. Therefore, B.I.G.’s purpose is to serve as a vehicle to bridge the gap between emerging entrepreneurs and governmental contract opportunities. B.I.G. will provide this service in the Florida Big Bend area in hopes of further enhancing businesses level of commitment, empowerment and self-actualization.
Therefore, what makes B.I.G. unique is that we explore, analyze, develop and apply the “Mezani Approach”—to customize the entrepreneur’s profile—meeting them where they are—”at their table.” This approach will help businesses compete successfully and transform their mindset to strive for greatness in their area of expertise. Uniquely this method will: assist entrepreneurs with reviewing and processing bid documents; learn general competitive bid processes; handle dispute resolutions; understand the significance of contract management; submittal of a proper invoice for payment; and the importance of building and maintaining good customer/vendor relationships.
These general methodologies will add value to the success of entrepreneurs. Applying the “Mezani Approach,” means to be “Be Encouraged—Think BIG.” I bring thirty years of leadership and management skills to this business. My credentials and community services include a Doctorate of Educational Leadership, Argosy University (Educational Leadership) with various certifications in public procurement. I am a Certified Public Purchasing Officer and Buyer with the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing, Inc. and a Florida Certified Purchasing Manager. I am a retired Agent with Hillsborough County Government/State of Florida and a recent graduate of the Entrepreneurial Excellence Program for Startup Businesses. I am also an appointed member of Community Human Service Partnership and Citizen Review Team, a member of the Leon County Board of Commissioners, serves as a member of ministry leadership programs, a Voting Poll Worker and a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Additional services included; a former instructor and project consultant for the National Institute of Government Purchasing, Inc., a leadership role for the National Forum of Black Public Administrators (NFBPA), a graduate of the Executive Leadership Institute, and local chapter president. I, also served as Interim Airport Director for the City of Tallahassee and was very instrumental in the initiation, development and implementation the Minority Business Enterprise/Women Business Program for Leon County Government.
Banks Inclusive Group, Inc. was established in Pinellas County on December 11, 1997. Later the business was renamed Inclusive Group Consultant & Training, Inc. in May 2010. Finally, resumed its original name and change of legal status in January 2016 to “Banks Inclusive Group, LLC.”
Thanks for visiting B.I.G.’s website!
Lula “Lu” F. Banks, Ed.D.
Banks Inclusive Group, LLC
3425 Bannerman Road #105-220
Tallahassee, Florida 32312