Our company partners with non-profit, private, and direct customers. The AFES Certified Business Technical Assistance Consultant (CBTAC) is registered with the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) and can provide services to VR customers. We use a program with Griffin-Hammis Associates as a journey map for VR clients.
Stephanie George, Founder/CEO
Stephanie George, also known as Leah, established a company in Central Florida in 2019. The AGENCY FOR EMPOWERMENT & SUPPORT (AFES) is organized and designed to providebusiness development and educational services. The company helps individuals with physical or mental disabilities achieve their business goals.
Ms. George is a Certified Business Technical Assistance Consultant (CBTAC). A former Waiver Support Coordinator (WSC) and Medicaid Provider at The Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD). Ms. George also has a robust social work background. She earned a bachelor’s degree in organizational management from Bethel University in 2002.
Ms. George has over 15 years of experience in colleges and universities. In the offices of Career Development and the Department of Workforce Development & Continuing Education. Ms. George has an active ServSafe Food Manager Certification from the National Restaurant Association. She planned events and coordinated college department graduations (bi-annual) for over nine years.
In addition, her work providing services to disabled clients began in the 1990s. This was when Ms. George worked as a college intern and job coach in Michigan. She also gained valuable experience working with the Dean of Student Services at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, New York. One of the highlights of her job was her interaction with Dr. Betty Shabazz, the wife of Malcolm X. Dr. Shabazz held a position as an administrator in the president’s office. From these diverse experiences,
Ms. George learned the art of advocating for her clients and empowering vulnerable and underserved populations in her community.
The need for this service was magnified in 2014 following a personal family crisis. After serving their country honorably in Afghanistan and (South) Korea, her eldest daughter and son-in-law returned to the USA, suffering from service disabilities. Consequently, Ms. George spent years helping her daughter and other military families access support services.
During this experience, Ms. George became self-employed, learning the risks and benefits of working for herself. She kept her promise to her veteran daughter and her commitment to military families. To use this platform to continue providing support services to eligible persons with physical and mental disabilities.
Ms. George advocates on behalf of individuals with unique abilities. She is Christ-centered, a U.S. citizen born in Trinidad and Tobago, and grew up in New York. In her work, she advocates for a respectful environment where clients’ cultures, beliefs, and sexual orientations are respected.