Melinda holds a PhD in Organization and Management from Capella University and an MBA with a dual focus in accounting and finance from Baker College. Her research interest are with small business administration, in particular, the online Micro-Multinational Enterprise. She is an Advanced Certified QuickBooks Pro-Adviser and authorized e-filer with the IRS. Her background is quite varied, having owned a restaurant, managed a camping/fishing resort, and being one of the first eBay power sellers.
In 2000, prior to returning to school, she developed an online jewelry store complete with e-commerce, teaching herself HTML and building the site from scratch. In the past decade she has owned and operated a small business consulting firm, working with clients in the construction, real estate, retail, and legal industries. Most recently, Melinda has returned to her roots in online retail, developing a 60,000+ and growing product portfolio of graphic designs for sale on several print on demand websites. She was recently accepted into Amazon's Merch program and is also an Amazon Influencer.