The idea for SBG Midwest came about in 2012 when a couple of friends, both in the human resources field, started discussing the ever-changing HR landscape and how ill-prepared most businesses are with regard to human resources. The phrase they repeated over and over was, “You don’t know what you don’t know.” Recognizing a tremendous need for the type of HR services they could provide, they decided to do something about it and SBG Midwest was formed. After two successful years, one partner left for another opportunity and Kamara Roach became sole owner of SBG Midwest.
Kamara has an impressive HR background. She is SPHR and SHRM-SCP certified and holds a Master’s degree in HR Administration from Central Michigan University. Prior to starting SBG Midwest, Kamara was the top HR executive for an international railroad and construction contractor. Kamara was a speaker at the 2005 International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans Benefits Communication and Technology conference and has been featured in Employee Benefit News, a national benefits magazine, for her role in implementing a consumer driven healthcare plan at her former employer. Kamara was a 2013 nominee for the Women of Excellence Award in the category of Woman in the Workplace. Kamara’s areas of expertise include employee benefit plans, recruiting, strategic planning and compliance, in both union and non-union environments.
In 2017, SBG Midwest was certified as a Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) and as a Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). WBENC’s national standard of certification is a meticulous process including an in-depth interview of the business and a site inspection. By including women-owned businesses among their suppliers, corporations and government agencies demonstrate their commitment to fostering diversity and the continued development of their supplier diversity programs.
In 2014, Kamara, along with her former business partner, published a book titled “Honey, What’s Your Last Name Again?” detailing some of the funniest, most incredible and just plain outrageous stories of employees in the workplace. The book is available on Amazon in both hard copy and Kindle versions and is receiving great reviews.