The 2009 Inc. 500: The Top 10 Black-Run Companies
Michael Battle, CEO, Battle Resource Management, No. 455
Michael Battle has taken all the Small Business Administration’s assessment tests for entrepreneurial inclination and he has failed every one of them. So somebody should explain to the SBA how the 49 year-old Oklahoma-born CEO came to found Battle Resource Management, which provides consulting services to help federal and commercial organizations attain their missions and cut costs. One source of Battle’s inspiration was his father who was the first person of color in Oklahoma to get an advanced degree, but another experience that spurred him on was his first job out of college working for IBM. “That’s what drove me to start this company,” Battle says. I never found a company culture and sense of empowerment equivalent to IBM in the mid-80s.