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Charles Thacher Volunteer Profile

Posted by Waverly Davis in Volunteer Profile on August 22, 2017

Charles Thacher moved from New York to Charlottesville eight years ago. During the 1970s, he founded and ran a consulting business and worked as an actuary. The business performed consulting work with medium sized organizations and grew to include six offices across the country. Charles sold the business in the late 1990s.

Beginning in 1971, Charles was very involved with the Workshop in Business Opportunities (WIBO) organization in New York, working mainly in the area of Bedford-Stuyvesant in Brooklyn. During his time volunteering with WIBO, Charles taught classes and served as Chairman of the Board for over 15 years.

After moving to Charlottesville, Charles met with the CIC team to discuss developing the WIBO curriculum and bringing the program to Charlottesville. He has been a volunteer and a member of the board since the founding of CIC.

As a volunteer with CIC, Charles enjoys having the opportunity to mentor entrepreneurs who have been through the training program. In addition to mentoring, Charles has served as a workgroup leader, a discussion leader, and a board member for CIC.

Charles believes that the CIC program is one of the few organizations in the area that is providing local entrepreneurs with such hands-on, intensive assistance. He loves working with the entrepreneurs and getting to experience their passions. Charles feels that “the most important thing for anybody starting a small business is a marketing plan. You have to have a clear idea and a plan for finding customers and selling to those customers. If you can do that, you will probably succeed.”

In addition to volunteering with CIC, Charles is on the board of the Walnut Hill School, a performing arts school outside of Boston. He is also one of the founders of the fly fishing club in Charlottesville.

Thank you, Charles, for your support of CIC!