- Denice Wharton, Owner
Industry Professional, Scientific and Technical Services
Location Oxnard, Ventura County
A driven and ambitious entrepreneur, Denice Wharton recognized a critical reoccurring issue while working at her mother’s local healthcare training program. Many individuals, particularly single mothers, immigrants and people with multiple jobs, face challenges maintaining their professional licenses after completing training. This issue often leads to a loss of employment and career setbacks. Leveraging her healthcare expertise and her mother’s insights, Denice launched Suma in 2019, a revolutionary management platform that streamlines the licensing process for healthcare professionals.
Denice sought guidance and support from EDC throughout her entrepreneurial journey. She described, “The Small Business Administration and the EDC Small Business Development Center (SBDC) were a resource hub for me. Whenever I had a question, I would go to [their] website and find a workshop, event or a mentor.”
EDC SBDC’s team of expert advisors often work together to help entrepreneurs tackle challenges and the entire team was ready to help Denice each step of the way. Erick and Bryan Went, EDC SBDC technical specialists, worked with Denice to create her product, ensuring its long-lasting value for the community it serves. EDC SBDC Business Advisor Douglas Korte, a finance and management specialist, helped Denice refine her product. Denice praised the support she received from everyone at EDC, underscoring the importance of a strong support network in the entrepreneurial journey.
With a clear vision for the future, Denice aims to expand Suma statewide and later expand it nationwide, facilitating a smoother and more accessible licensing process. Suma is a testament to the positive change technology and entrepreneurship can bring to communities in need. With a passion for making a difference and a network of supportive mentors, Denice is making a lasting impact on the lives of countless professionals and the healthcare industry.