With global markets at an all-time high with regards to volatility, Jaian Cuttari’s play to create a strategic consulting firm to help local businesses navigate oft-treacherous international business waters now looks like a no-brainer.
“Veltrust was founded on a belief that there is more than one way for a global advisory business to provide value for its clients, by focusing on integrity and humility, to bring down barriers and go the extra mile for our clients to ensure a successful outcome,” Cuttari says. “We provide strategic planning, market access, government relations and commercial negotiations worldwide. We build bridges between countries, where the government falls short.”
It’s all high-level stuff, but practically, what Veltrust does is help local companies tap into emerging global markets and negotiate government red tape, as well as capitalize on crypto markets and blockchain technology. It’s a growing service currently being used by a wide variety of sectors, including healthcare, fin-tech, hospitality, energy, blockchain, and agri-tech.
Technology has made it easier than ever for businesses to reach wider audiences, but it’s essential for businesses to have qualified expertise on how to comply with regulatory agencies, local laws, and business standards. The pandemic magnified the need for businesses to seize global opportunities and Veltrust stepped in to help create pathways to success for companies seeking to tap into global markets.
“We helped businesses that depended heavily on physical in-person sales to transform into efficient e-commerce businesses that could continue to operate throughout the pandemic,” Cuttari says. “Veltrust has helped local businesses scale up by aligning them with international trade and development opportunities.”
Born in Baltimore, Cuttari, 34, is a tech-savvy entrepreneur with a knack for understanding what local businesses need to succeed on a macro level. He founded Veltrust to create a top-performing management consulting firm at the forefront of utilizing cutting-edge blockchain technology to satisfy the demands of global markets in sectors such as government, real estate, agriculture, health care, energy, and hospitality.
A BIPOC-owned company located in Baltimore, Veltrust had $2.1 million in revenue in 2020 and employs more than 20 full-time workers. Cuttari has participated in several ICIC urban business initiatives, including Goldman Sach’s 10,000 Small Business and ICIC’s Inner City 100 (IC100) Awards, highlighting the Top 100 fastest growing urban businesses. Veltrust was named to the IC100 list in 2020 and 2021 (#9 and #4, respectively) and is a finalist for the 2022 IC100 Awards. The firm is now also a member of ICIC’s Inner City Alumni Network (ICAN).
“ICIC has helped us expand our network and find synergy with businesses from various sectors that we would not have otherwise engaged with,” Cuttari says.
The company grew at a 4-year growth rate of 1,073% from 2016-2020 and now has clients spanning across five continents and over 25 countries. See their 2021 IC100 profile here.
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