SJ Barakony

Serial Entrepreneur & Gig Economy Advocate - Education Sherpa (w/ SBSL); H7 Network; Central Ohio SBDC

Dedicated Small Business Champion with specialized knowledge in the Futures of Work/Education.

Advisor Biography

SJ Barakony is a Serial Entrepreneur, Advisor, Futurist, Thought Leader, and Board Member with more than 9 years of success serving other entrepreneurs, self-employed individuals, and other varied institutions. His broad areas of specialized knowledge include entrepreneurship, thought/servant leadership, small business development, and the intersection of culture, vision, & strategy. 

SJ has a passion for youth/teen entrepreneurs, start-ups, and family businesses.

SJ is a CMA (Consultant, Mentor, & Advisor), Facilitator, and Founder of SBSL: An Educational Solutions Provider where he designs and implements customized solutions - whether they be via paid services on retainer (mentoring, advising, group facilitation (Mastermind, DISC, or DJ to DJ)), and/or specialized consulting (creating POW (proof of work), lifelong learning cultures in workplaces of all kinds, replacing POC (proof of credential)).

He's the CCO of the H7 Network, responsible for member relations/support for all of North America.

The central OH SBDC ( Small Business Development Center ) offered him a contract to be an independent consultant & business advisor for 2021.

Lastly, h serves as a Community Ambassador for the Startup Space App & a Brand Ambassador for Web Strategy Plus.

He is now, or was actively involved previously, in the following mentorship and/or advising programs/organizations:

  • YEA ( Young Entrepreneurs Academy )
  • Teen Entrepreneurial Camp
  • OWU's EMF (Econ Mgmt Fellows)
  • Sundown Group's 'Ask an Expert' Program
  • HECOA conferences (where he has spoken a total of ten times )
  • ECDI 's Professional Advisory Network (PAN)
  • 1MC (One Million Cups) Columbus
  • Sea Change Accelerator ( social enterprise program )

SJ obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Economics/Management from Ohio Wesleyan University. He serves his alma mater, Ohio Wesleyan (OWU) on the Central Ohio Alumni Leadership Board.

SJ is also a prolific guest blogger (Innovate New Albany & and aspiring podcast host, who has previously guested on 18/eighteen podcasts as of the spring of 2021.


2020 - Present

Independent Contractor Consultant & Small Business Advisor - Central Ohio SBDC ( Small Biz Development Center

2019 - Present

Community Ambassador - Startup Space Apps - Startup Space Apps

2018 - Present

Brand Ambassador - Web Strategy Plus - Web Strategy Plus

  • Actively serving as Web Strategy Plus' Brand Ambassador for the Columbus Metro and Central Columbus areas

Advisor Skills




Business Development

Advisor Industries

Professional Training and Development