Mr. Tom Akers is a 22 year accomplished resident of Las Vegas. He is a Software and Small Business Development expert who has served on panels such as: The American Association of State Highway and Transportation and the National Association of Minority Contractors. Tom Akers is an Alumni of Mount Union College-Alliance and Akron University in Ohio. He earned a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science degrees in accounting and computer science.
Akers developed the first ePathways.biz® software tool to address business development challenges faced by the City of Los Angeles. His software success is attributed its ability to assist agencies with communication amongst its potential vendors and hired contractors. This comprehensive software is designed to assist buyers’ and vendors’ contractual processes at every phase or from beginning to end. The software applications are critical tools to supporting Nevada’s small businesses.
Tom is President/CEO of A&A Enterprises, Inc. (includes consulting, software development, and business training divisions). Akers is a graduate of Leadership Las Vegas and has contributed to numerous charitable causes and small businesses throughout Nevada. He is a mentor to numerous small business owners through his Business Opportunity & Workforce Development (BOWD) classes.
Akers has successfully mentored over 500 local small business owners. He has assisted businesses with securing contracts; while being under contract himself with Clark County Nevada. Tom developed the nation’s first “multi-jurisdictional” region economic disparity study. Additionally, he designed and conducted several economic studies that analyzed and supported the federal Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program.
Akers developed and administered the Clark County Business Development Education Program; to train and mentor small businesses to compete for contracts. Plus, he administered the Nevada Dept. of Transportation’s Business Development Construction Education program.
Tom is co-founder and an active participant of the Clark County Summer Business Institute, a high school mentoring and education program. Tom Akers is referred to as an Influential Nevadan and Global Expert.
“Our local small business owners are solid pillars of Nevada’s economic strength. I believe that the diverse small business owners should have a seat at the table and be heard by political and community leaders. In my opinion, true economic development starts with empowering our local small businesses!”