Meet the founders
Power of two, what happened when two African-American women decided to GO GLOBAL.
According to an African proverb, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” True enough, this adage has proven accurate for African-American women Wendy Ekua DaCruz and Naomi Jordan Cook, who decided to join forces to make an impact on the global community with their company Virtual Global Consultant (VGC) Group.
Who we are?
The Virtual Global Consultant (VGC) Group, LLC develops and designs eCommerce systems that help generate revenue online for people, companies, and organizations.
We focus on customizing established platforms and software that make shipping and collecting payment easier for businesses in emerging markets. We blend design, brand communication, social media, project management and digital marketing strategies to create and manage innovative and successful digital experiences.
We believe eCommerce drives economic development…
eCommerce drives economic development: Our vision is to build a vehicle that puts entrepreneurs in the driver’s seat and providing them access and tools to sell local products globally, free themselves from the trap of poverty.
To be the leading consultancy specializing in eCommerce to increase exports for small-to-medium size enterprises in emerging markets (currently Africa)
Develop relationships with public, private, government and nonprofit organizations to mobilize VGC services in emerging markets
Our journey that
we are proud of…
After a few years of working together in multiple capacities, for example joining the same multilevel marketing team to sell beauty products online, Naomi Cook and W.E. Da’Cruz decided to join forces and relaunch a former company of Naomi’s called Virtual Global Consultant to Virtual Global Consultant Group, also known as, The VGC Group.
2017 CLIENTS INCREASED
After launching the company, Naomi and W.E. were still open to finding jobs elsewhere while the company grew. However, after multiple attempts to land jobs with larger companies failed, the founders decided if they weren’t going to get hired, they would hire themselves. Within a year of launching the company, Naomi and W.E. landed faith-based clients as well as other businesses and personal brands. Additionally, Da’Cruz’ unexpected move to Detroit forced the company to quickly develop a strong virtual infrastructure that would allow the company to grow.
2018 TEAM EXPANDED
As donations increased online for faith-based organizations, the company began focusing on small-to-medium sized businesses in emerging markets starting with Africa. This pivot in direction opened up more opportunities for VGC to support entrepreneurs by using eCommerce to increase consumer-based product sales. With the success of working with African-based entrepreneurs, VGC built partnerships with local and government entities in the Detroit area and in Ghana, West Africa. This allowed for the launching of the companies internship program with University of Michigan – Dearborn and the hiring of team members in Ghana and Kenya.
2019 GLOBAL REACH
Officially located in 3 places: Mahway, New Jersey; Detroit, Michigan; and Accra, Ghana – the VGC Group is not stopping. International presence has expanded online for VGC clients as well as the company. VGC was invited by the Corporate Council on Africa and Embassy of Mozambique to speak on a panel entitled Transforming African Economies through Digitalization and the US-Africa Business Summit. The work of the company and the impact it’s having on entrepreneurs in emerging markets has been monumental.