In 1980 what had been a pre-teens volunteer work was incorporated in the State of Maryland as a Sole Proprietorship, shortly thereafter saw its very first Federal Consulting Role, and thru several iterations dba The Competence Group, Inc. was born shortly thereafter; she turned 21 later than year.

The Volunteer work never stopped, in 2020 TCG was converted into a Single Member LLC to propel its volunteer work helping 501c startups, entrepreneurs & young small businesses forward, and expand the variety of mail-to-bard room job training systems it developed since it first began. TCG’s revenue has always funded its charitable work which now focuses on entity formation, compliance and auditing.

The LLC develops & manages the assets & operations of The Learners Lab Foundation, its collaborative of charities whose economic development and job training and adult education and finance/banking services empower it to function as the charitable version of the SBA + US Departments of Commerce, Labor, Education, HUD with housing development services in our pipeline, Treasury thru the Federal Credit Union we’re Chartering, & GSA in managing compliance, assets, entity formation and other functions, and serving ALL 20+ types of tax exempt entities, not just 501c3 Charities. 

We designed a unique Procurement System called 3PM an straight-forward, open system modeling the best of Federal Procurement but in a simplified B2B way. 3PM is paired with CunNECT, our master global business directories to help form our Channel Marketing System to bring our 501c Small Business Market with all the Vendor, Merchant, and Contracting Offerors. 

In other words, we do business from the ground up, and on demand, creating unique solutions based on the needs its peer Stakeholders has and solutions they desire.

The Learners Lab Foundation entity began as The Learners Lab (TLL), the training support program and operation of The LLC’s very first charity, ED-Lab Online (2002-2005) to keep it free for its HBCU, MIS, VocEd & Community College users, but as an Application Service Provider, it was unbelievable. That’s ironic considering today we know this as Cloud Computing, and Network & Software As A Service (NaasS & SaaS) respectively.

In 2017 despite the federal shutdown TLL appended its name with “Foundation” to reflect its original 2015 IRS Determination Letter and sub-charter designation as a Public Charitable Foundation, fiscal sponsor & workforce training charity, & 2020 at the start of COVID, TCG converted from Sol Proprietor to LLC.   Together they’re elevating 501c startup & small business empowerment services creating more than 20 new “national” charities including The Podcasting Business Center (PBC), a startup-small business market exchange, finance & media center, National Chamber of Tax-Exempt Small Businesses (NCTSB), chamber for 501c with small staff or contingent workers, the Association of Tax-Exempt Startups & Entrepreneurs (ATESE) a national Peer Network of/for 501c Founders, and the 501c Federal Credit Union (501cFCU) to keep doing it better.

Tax ID: 52-1963151


NAICS 926110, 541611 |  SIC 9611, 8742, 7389