By Maureen Werther
Michelle Mitchell, owner of M&M Consulting, grew her business drawing on years of experience, first as a member of the armed forces and, later, working for engineering and computer technology companies that serviced the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines.
After serving her country as a member of the Air Force during the mid-1980s, Mitchell worked for a time in Germany for a computer company before returning to continue her career back in the states. During the late 1980s and early 1990s, she continued in the field of computers and computer technology, working in downstate New York as inside sales and support for her company’s engineering team.
She then moved on to become a component engineering consultant, where she was, in effect, the “gatekeeper,” managing the acquisition of highly specialized parts for submarine assemblies and other military equipment and components.
During this time, Mitchell began to develop the ideas for a consulting business.
“I knew a lot of people from my years in the armed services and in business,” she said. When engineers she knew from work got laid off, she began helping them by rewriting their resumes and helping to connect them with other companies.