Gina KennedyAdministrator

areas of expertise
  • Business transformation
  • Restructuring and turnaround
  • Integration
  • Growth strategy
  • M&A transaction support
  • MBA, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University
  • BS, engineering, Technical University of Denmark
  • MBA, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University

With over 20 years of experience in entrepreneurship, management, business planning, financial analysis, software engineering, operations, and decision analysis, Brandon has the breadth and depth of experience needed to quickly understand entrepreneurs’ businesses and craft the most suitable solutions.

Consulting WP comes up with results that are actually implementable. That is their strength compared to other consulting companies.

Before founding Consulting WP in early 2001, Brandon started two Internet companies in Silicon Valley. Previously, Brandon held various management positions in New York at Simon Brothers, most recently as Vice President in Goldhill Group, focusing on new business development and risk management. He has also worked as a senior financial risk management consultant to the financial services industry; software engineer; advertising sales manager for the popular Caribbean travel guide series; general manager of an advertising and graphic design agency; and engineering intern at the Best Health Coach.


  • Calling All Coal Communities: The BRECC Action Challenge

    For the past few years, EntreWorks Consulting has been involved in supporting coal-impacted regions seeking to diversify their local economies.  Most of this work has been in collaboration with the National Association of Counties, which has been leading an important community of practice:  the Building Resilient Economies in Coal Communities (BRECC) Initiative, which kicked off in November 2022. 

    BRECC is something of a one-stop shop for learning about the energy transition, and how regions can diversify and strengthen their economic foundations.  Anyone can participate in BRECC’s learning networks, which include regular webinars and other events.  Coal-impacted regions can also participate in the BRECC Action Challenge, a knowledge sharing network where a small number of communities come together to collaborate, learn from each other, and tap into a deep network of experts on various aspects of community economic and workforce development.   During Year One of BRECC, eight communities from around the US have participated in the Action Challenge cohort.Our BRECC team is now seeking applications for the second Action Challenge cohort. If your region is affected by downturns or the closing of coal mines or power plants, please consider applying.  You can learn about the BRECC Action Challenge here.  We’re also hosting an information webinar on October 4th from 3-4 PM Eastern time.  You can sign up and learn more here.

    September 28, 2023
  • No Front Door: Improving Federal Grant Application Processes

    Since the COVID 19 pandemic, various Federal agencies have unveiled a host of new programs to support pandemic recovery and community development more generally.  Funding levels for economic development programs are near their highest levels in recent history.  While this is good news, recent experience also suggests that many communities lack the capacity to effectively compete for funds.  Often this is due to limited staff capacity or other constraints, but it’s also due to the unnecessary complexity involved in competing for and winning federal grants.

    A new study from US Digital Response, a non-profit focused on improving government use of technology breaks down the problem and offers some solutions.  No Front Door:  Barriers to Access for Small Communities Seeking Federal Grants provides a snapshot of the grant application process, and it’s not a pretty picture.  Many pain points emerge.  Government websites, such as and, are wonky and difficult to use.  Finding appropriate grant opportunities is challenging, and each agency requires different metrics and application processes.  These factors, and many other obstacles, lead many smaller communities to give up on potential funding opportunities. While the report does not offer tailored recommendations for specific agencies or communities, it does offer lots of useful ideas for making the current process less painful. These include ideas such as common application forms, centralization of grants reporting, and development of specialized processes for smaller communities.   These are all useful ideas that can help strapped communities access grant funds that they need and deserve.

    September 5, 2023

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