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Carolina Small Business Staff Spotlight: Joe Battle

February 2, 2018 / Janice Rojas / Staff Spotlight

This month, we’re spotlighting Joe Battle, VP of Business Services for CSBDF. In his role,   he is responsible for working with potential and existing borrowers by providing business services and coaching to help them receive a loan through Carolina Small Business. Prior to Carolina Small Business, Joe served as a business counselor for the Small Business Technology Center. Joe is also the co-founder and principal of Success 360i. Joe obtained his bachelor’s degree in computer science and Master of Business Administration from Duke University.

We talked to Joe and here are a few fun facts he shared with us!

CSBDF: What’s your alma mater?
Joe: Duke University.

CSBDF: Where is your hometown?
Joe: Durham, NC.

CSBDF: What is your personal philosophy?
Joe: The quality of your life is based on relationships(faith, family and friends.)

CSBDF: Where is your favorite place to be?
Joe: On a beach or golf course with my wife and two sons.

CSBDF: What is your favorite thing to do?
Joe: Golfing or Fishing.

CSBDF: What do you like most about working at Carolina Small Business Development Fund?
Joe: I love working my teammates at CSBDF  because they are truly motivated by the mission of the organization.  There are days I go home knowing that we made a life-changing difference in other people’s lives.

CSBDF: If you could interview one person (dead or alive) who would it be?
Joe: Nelson Mandela.

CSBDF: How do you define success?
Joe: Having a vision for your life and being able to live the life you envisioned.

CSBDF: What is the best book you have ever read?
Joe: The autobiography of Malcolm X.  ( I own the first edition).

CSBDF: What is your favorite meal/food?
Joe: My mother’s chicken curry.

CSBDF: Who or what inspires you to do the work that you do?
Joe: Both of my parents were educators and I saw how they were able to change lives through their work.  To this day I have people telling me stories about how my mother or father changed the course of their lives.   In addition to education, I believe entrepreneurship is another way to transform people and families.   Many CSBDF borrowers are first-time small business owners from challenging communities.    In my role leading the Business Services team, I get to coach and educate them on how to succeed in their dream of small business ownership.  In my own way, I am following in my parent’s footsteps as an educator.