The mission of Osborne Enterprises, Inc. (OEI) is to collaborate with small businesses to develop sustainable solutions that improve operations. We believe engaging in knowledge-sharing relationships helps business owners think through and discover solutions. Our vision is to be known as the operations consulting firm that helps to build empowered small business communities.
Linda G. Chambers, PhD
Linda's journey to helping business owners succeed began while taking a business record-keeping course in high school. She loves advising and teaching clients how to budget and manage daily business expenses. She provides accounting expertise, tools, and planning strategies to help clients avoid losing revenue due to poor operational decision-making.
“The plan to start a business came so quickly one day while my husband (Harry) and I were eating sandwiches in the park under a big tree. However, the idea of business ownership was sparked much earlier for me. M dad owned a taxicab and worked as an independent driver for a taxicab company by paying a license to use the company’s name. In return, the taxicab company would dispatch a fair share of the daily calls to him. For some reason, my dad preferred to own his vehicle rather than be a driver of the company-owned cars.
As a child, my dad would come home after work each day ready to “count up”, as he would say. While my siblings and I watched TV, my dad and my mom retired to their bedroom to begin the nightly “count up” of my dad’s earnings from taxi driving. This nightly ritual involved my mom recording the cash in a spiral notebook after my dad stacked the bills and counted them along with the coins. My dad seemed gifted at counting in his head, because he could do it quickly and never seemed to make a mistake in his calculations. He would have to wait for my mom to use a calculator to finish computing everything. Knowing my dad had already finished the calculations in his head, my mom would often blurt out to him, “If you’ve already counted in your head, why do I need to calculate it?” Needless to say, that was a question that I began to ponder and later decided to consider when choosing a profession.
It wasn’t until I was in the eleventh grade taking a business record-keeping course that I learned how to calculate employee wages and record the payroll. This course was thrilling to me, because it offered an opportunity to learn how to help my parents “count up”. This is how my quest to help couples like my parents began. I keep a painting in my office of an old married couple sitting at their kitchen table counting money. It has served as a reminder of how important it was to my parents to count their earnings.
Harry and I started our business, Chambers Consulting, LTD, in April 1987 in our home. Within two years, we moved the business to a rental space. Soon after that, we purchased a commercial building where we have operated now for 29 years offering accounting and tax services to small businesses. Our aim remains to help small business owners, but we’ve expanded into offering management consulting and strategic planning services to clients by forming a corporation (Osborne Enterprises, Inc.), now with extended leadership from our daughter (Hali). Through our corporation, Hali provides talent management services and Harry created a copyrighted business education program (Vendor Boot Camp©) where we train small business owners.”
Linda holds a PhD in Accounting from Capella University, Master of Accounting degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Alabama State University. She brings over 30 years of experience in accounting and auditing, which includes Co-founder of Chambers Consulting, LTD, Osborne Enterprises, Inc., and Better Business Better Communities Research, Inc.; Instructor of Accounting and Director of Sponsored Programs at Miles College; Manager of Expense Planning at United Healthcare; Comptroller of the Bessemer City School System; Internal Auditor with Energen Corporation; and Associate National Bank Examiner with the U.S. Department of the Treasury.
Hali A. Chambers, PhD
Hali is passionate about helping business leaders build organizations that give workers the opportunity to contribute in a meaningful way, because she knows when people have a sense of purpose they thrive! Her unique perspective as a second-generation business owner and business psychologist allows her to leverage psychology principles and business acumen to help employers attract and retain talent to achieve business growth and sustainability.
“I grew up watching my parents (Harry and Linda) juggle managing their accounting and tax business (Chambers Consulting, LTD) while raising 3 children. I remember being at the office one day after school and overhearing my dad consult with a client who was venting about not being able to get her employees to show up on time for work. Moments like these allowed me to see how clients trusted them enough to feel comfortable venting about their business issues and concerns. Observing my parents owning a business, providing jobs, and being a trusted resource in our community gave me a sense of pride in knowing I was afforded opportunities to travel the world and get a good education because of their hard work as business owners. That’s why I have a tremendous amount of respect for business owners like my parents who pursue their dreams and never give up.
My dad would always tell my two younger siblings (Alonso and Kayla) and I that the business would one day be ours. Even though we would respond to my dad with a joke about turning the business into a parking lot, I took his words seriously. I didn’t want to let him and my mom down but had no idea I would one day write a dissertation about small business survival and later join my parents in the business.
I always knew I wanted to be a business owner. I even pursued it a few times growing up. For example, my siblings and I ran a lemonade stand in our front yard once during our summer break after being persuaded by my mom to go find something to do to beat our boredom. Also, while in high school and college, my friends would also pay me to style their hair after learning I enjoyed it and was pretty good at it. However, it wasn’t until my senior year in college that I considered the idea of following in my parents footsteps. I was a psychology major planning to pursue a career in clinical psychology but quickly changed my mind while learning about industrial-organizational psychology during a class lecture on the history of psychology. I discovered I could still satisfy my desire to understand human behavior and help people solve their problems as a psychologist but also satisfy my desire to help my parents and those like them who want to build a company that will last for generations.”
Hali holds a PhD in Business Psychology and master’s degree in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, as well as a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Tuskegee University. She brings a wealth of experience serving the talent management needs of business and nonprofit organizations, including ComPsych Corporation, Chicago Transit Authority, YMCA of Metro Chicago, and BTS USA, Inc. Her teaching experience includes Adjunct Instructor of Applied Research Projects at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and Associate Professor of Psychology at Alabama State University.