Chic Spotlight: Stevie Swain, Founder of Swain Consulting LLC

Chic Spotlight: Stevie Swain, Founder of Swain Consulting LLC

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A local finance guru has a passion in helping women succeed personally, professionally. Read on to learn more about her.

Cincy Chic: What is Swain Consulting LLC?
Stevie Swain, Founder of Swain Consulting LLC: Swain Consulting is a Financial Consulting Firm with an emphasis on the Federal Work Opportunity Tax Credit program. My staff helps clients reduce their annual tax liabilities who hire selected individuals who face significant barriers to employment. I also serve the Federal Government as a Federal Government Benefits Specialist leading a team of Specialists, assisting all branches of Federal Government employees across 28 states with their benefits and retirement planning.

Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind your business?
Swain: I have always felt the need to help others as they navigate through life, as many others have helped me. With my business, helping companies see the benefit of hiring those less fortunate who would otherwise have a hard time securing employment, while being rewarded for doing so by reducing their annual tax liability seems like a win-win for all. In addition, helping people understand their financial benefits and their own retirement options is another wonderful way for me to serve others. I get such joy when someone who has understood the importance of a retirement plan and worked the plan gets ready for a happy and secure retirement.

Cincy Chic: Can you share more on your work with the Cincinnati Collaborative Women’s Network?
Swain: I began this organization to educate women on topics that we as women need to understand in both work and in life. I wanted this organization to be a resource center for the women of Cincinnati to help them grow as a community to help others as well. 

Cincy Chic: What inspired your efforts there?
Swain: Our mission is to awaken the passion of aspiring women entrepreneurs and women in transition through strategic workshops and meaningful networking to achieve professional development and growth. This organization was created with five pillars in mind (Professional Development, Health, Lifestyle, Wealth and Special Needs) to form the whole career centered person. From understanding one’s own professional development and particular wealth strategies, to the importance of our health and taking time for creative lifestyle interests to finally understanding those with special needs in our lives. We ask every member to take part in a specific pillar and lend their talents, knowledge, and time to help others in the organization to grow and realize their full potential.

Cincy Chic: What keeps you motivated and inspired in your day-to-day work?
Swain: Knowing that every day is a fresh start full of opportunities to connect with someone who needs to know what I have to share, making an impact on someone’s life every day is my goal. To be a well-rounded servant!

Cincy Chic: What do you hope to accomplish through your work in 2021?
Swain: Like everyone in the world, I want to get back to some normalcy in 2021! I want to see hundreds of people who have been out of work to get hired by companies who use WOTC! I’d love to show more companies how hiring from certain target areas can help their bottom line, while they help those who might be needing a second chance. WOTC is one of the most under-used Federal programs available to both nonprofit and for-profit companies. It’s crazy!

In the Federal Government side, I want to make an impact on the employees we serve by making sure we are consistently educating them with the financial information they need to lead totally happy, comfortable lives during retirement. It thrills me to get that call from a soon-to-be-retired Federal employee who has consistently put money away and is looking forward to a stress-free retirement.

Cincy Chic: What are you looking forward to the most next year?
Swain: The ability to spend time with my family and people I love without the fear of COVID-19 being spread. Perhaps going out to eat, celebrating birthdays, and going on vacation. This year has truly been a trying time for a lot of people. Like many small business owners, however, I have been blessed to have the ability to pivot my business to another line of service. So, I’m looking forward to getting back to my core business next year with the new aptitude to brainstorm and create other avenues of business as needed.

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along?
Swain: Our website is www.swainconsultingllc.com & www.cincwn.com. We have a blog on our website that readers can follow, and we are also on Facebook and Linkedin.