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U-Group is a Veteran owned,  North Carolina based SME firm, family owned and operated, with over 30 years of business experience and knowledge in the SMB space. We consider ourselves SMB advocates.


We have a robust (local) network and we are a member of the IABMC (International Association of Business Mediation Consultants).

Our goal is to restructure business debt to an outcome that is feasible for both the creditor(s) and debtor. We aim to enable a debtor's company to continue doing business (and preferably grow from there). We provide capital acquisition services for for additional cash-flow.


We can consult clients on business processes improvements and business automation options. These result in ongoing cost-savings and new ways for growth, helping companies to get and stay ahead. 

We focus on North and South Carolina based businesses. We live here and we have a vested interest in helping our (Small & Medium) Business Community.

Derek Underwood - Founder and Senior Consultant

We Will Fight for Your Business

Derek Underwood is the founder and a Senior Consultant at U-Group Consultants. He is best known as a Small Business Advocate. He is a staunch supporter of the small business community because he IS that community. He fully understands their needs, and this enables him to Restructure and Mediate their debts as well as Acquire Capital to aid his clients in avoiding litigation and insolvency. 

Derek's Background

Prior to starting a consulting business, Derek was in the United States Army and served two tour of duties in Iraq. He spent 3 years as a Case Manager for asbestos related claims as well as adjudicating for Social Security Disability. Derek holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Delaware State University and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of North Carolina in Charlotte. His refined  negotiation skills were honed at the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza Business School where he received an Executive Certification in Negotiations. He completed 40 Hours of NC Superior Court Mediation Training to solidify his work as top-notch Small Business Advocate.

Derek is available for consultations with NO UPFRONT COSTS!! NO RESULTS, NO FEE!! Please call-(704)-862-4939 or

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