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Topics: Product Design, Packaging, Branding and Presentation
Liz Knight is an Industrial Designer who spent over 30 years designing and inventing consumer products for Rubbermaid, as a consultant in Knight Design and most recently as VP of Girls’ Design at Hasbro. She knows how to develop raw ideas into manufacturable products and has worked with several small startups as they refined their product design, packaging, and branding details.
For many years she taught Product Design at Rhode Island School of Design and encouraged students to find their best ideas, simplify and focus their designs to meet their consumer’s needs. She worked with the students to create clear communication in visual and verbal formats. Liz enjoys working with entrepreneurs as they take on the challenges that each stage brings and is always ready for a brainstorming session!
Topics: Social Media Marketing
Nicole is the co-founder and owner of The Social HQ, a thriving digital marketing agency based in New Hampshire. Leveraging their expertise, they’ve grown the agency into a team of ten, dedicated to boosting brand awareness and accelerating business development for their clients through innovative social selling strategies. Nicole specializes in helping businesses enhance their organic social media marketing strategizes to attract their ideal customer on social media.
Topics: Bookkeeping & Operations Administration
Michaela Gordon is an enthusiastic, dedicated bookkeeper and business mindset coach. With nine years of business and bookkeeping experience, Michaela works diligently with her clients to ensure they’re able to organize, manage, and understand the financial facets of their business. Her focus is to help small business owners grow while making sure they’re set for success all along the way. Your goals become hers too! She attended Champlain College for a degree in Forensic Accounting, and worked with other firms and businesses before deciding to open Main Street Virtual and offer services directly. Running her own business has allowed her to dedicate even more time to focus on her clients and how to support them best. One of her favorite features of working with small business owners is hearing their passion and reason, and help them achieve their goals!
Topics: Social Media Marketing
Kaysyn in the owner of KLW Consulting. Kaysyn specializes is social media marketing and her goal is to help small businesses grow their online presence and reach new customers. Social media is a powerful tool for businesses to utilize but getting started can be confusing, Kaysyn is here to help make the process less confusing! As a coach she can provide ideas and feedback on the platforms that are currently in use!
Topics: Restaurants, Food Trucks, Consumer Packaged Food, General Main St. Businesses, Bookkeeping, Points of Sale, Loan Prep
Christopher Janke is an accidental entrepreneur. He ran a lost-and-found fashion show at a laundromat for 10 years, and he’s co-owner of The Rendezvous, an independent all-scratch-kitchen pub in Turners Falls. He teaches Financial Management at UMass, and he’s a poet and visual artist with two MFAs. He’s writing in the third person right now, as a matter of fact. He loves to help small business owners with all the nuances of running a small business, from interpersonal challenges to preparing for bank loans to weighing the broccoli to cost out a menu item to programming the Point of Sale to be optimal for the rush.
Topics: Exit Planning & Business Improvement
Tracy helps small business owners who are considering an exit that have either lost their passion, are sick and tired of their business, or are in the beginning stages to get ready for retirement… to not give up! She will discuss exit strategy and succession plan creation, complete a first valuation, and begin to determine next steps with you.
In addition, attendees will leave understanding the selling climate, and the importance of fixing their business, in order to ensure it is sellable and transferable.
Topics: Human Resources
Alison is the co-founder and owner of BlueLion, an HR Outsourcing Firm. She has a Masters in Business from UNH and has been practicing HR for over 8 years. Prior to HR, Alison built her career in Operations Management, finding more efficient and profitable ways for businesses to operate.
BlueLion loves working with small businesses to ensure they are in compliance and can focus on the core of their business, providing excellent products and services. Alison hopes to be able to assist business owners with piece of mind to know they are doing it right, or help them learn what they may not have realized was wrong.
Topics: Graphic design and layout, branding
Nicky Dumont is a freelance graphic designer and art director. She earned a BA in illustration, but has spent the last 30-ish years designing. Approximately twenty of those were in-house for an advertising and marketing agency and ten were in magazine publishing.
She enjoys all aspects of the design process . . . the dreaming, the collaboration, the layout, the production. She loves listening to someone explain their vision, trusting her with their thoughts and ideas, then interpreting and morphing those into graphics that will identify and support them.
Topics: Nonprofit Board Governance & Development, Strategic Planning, Organizational Assessments, and Interim Leadership
Artie’s passion is helping people and organizations grow and improve. He spent 30 years as a nonprofit professional and now I am using those skills
(strategic planning, board governance, financial acumen) to help others reach new levels through building a culture of trust and support.
As and Associate for LPA: Nonprofit Consulting, he is recognized as a compelling facilitator with expertise in board development, volunteer
engagement, strategic planning, operational problem solving, capital planning, fundraising, and risk management. He is committed to helping others
learn and grow.
Topics: Nonprofit and Startup Management
After a 20+ career on Wall Street, and many non-profit fundraising events, Ilene changed careers and entered the non-profit sector full-time. She founded and ran a cancer wellness center and a disaster recovery non-profit, and has consulted for countless others. She is now a non-profit professional with expertise in start-up, management, and fund development. Extensive knowledge of and experience with board development, leadership, community organization, and marketing and communications. Exceptional writing and communication skills.
Topics: Strategy, Management, Organizational Structure, Culture & Values, Communications
Bob Radin is an executive coach who enjoys working with entrepreneurs.
His current practice includes executives at 15 organizations covering a range of businesses and industries. He was previously a professor at the Carroll Graduate School of Management at Boston College teaching courses in corporate governance, management, and international management.
He returned to Boston College to pursue his doctorate having served as President of the Investor Services Group at First Data Corporation, and President of Shareholder Services at American Express Information Services. He holds a BS from Northeastern University, an MBA from Babson College, and a PhD from Boston College in management.
Topics: Business Valuation, Business Transition/Sales
Tammy Richards is a business broker with Country Business, Inc., a regional brokerage firm assisting buyers and sellers throughout New England. Prior to joining Country Business, she worked at Pieciak & Company, P.C. focusing primarily on performing business valuations of closely held businesses. Before moving to Vermont in 2004, Tammy spent eight years working at Citigroup in New York where she held various positions within the investment banking division. She spent five of those years in the Acquisition Finance Group working closely with private equity firms in valuing and financing their leveraged buyouts of middle-market and large-cap companies. For the following three years she served as a Vice-President in the Global Loans Portfolio Management Group, where she managed a portfolio of highly leveraged corporate loans retained by Citigroup.
Tammy is a Certified Valuation Analyst (“CVA”) as designated by the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts (NACVA) and serves on the Executive Advisory Board for the association. She is also a member of the New England Business Brokers Association (“NEBBA”).
Tammy currently serves on the board of the Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation (“BDCC”) as well as Brattleboro Memorial Hospital.
Topics: Financial analysis and strategy
Ann has assisted businesses and organizations throughout the U.S. to create action plans for strategic growth. With over 25 years of experience in the retail industry, she’s helped more than 200 entrepreneurs and non-profit organizations identify their goals, steer them around a multitude of obstacles, and tackle their long-term challenges with a series of manageable steps. She views her coaching as empowering people to be successful.
Together with an MBA from Suffolk University, extensive training as a certified business coach and her experience as a successful business owner herself, she is able to offer a hands-on approach with the organizations with whom she works. Ann partners with her clients to provide them with useful tools that will immediately impact their business. She helps to create more efficient processes and positive growth in profits, all while developing a cohesive team.
Ann is an award-winning business adviser. She has assisted businesses and organizations throughout the U.S. to create action plans for strategic growth. With over 25 years of experience in the retail industry, she’s helped more than 200 entrepreneurs and non-profit organizations identify their goals, steer them around a multitude of obstacles, and tackle their long-term challenges with a series of manageable steps. She sees her coaching as empowering people to be successful / Connor Business Resources
Topics: Bookkeeping, QuickBooks Online Pro Advisor
Joe is the owner of The Square Books Bookkeeping Services. Joe has experience with start-ups, setting up QuickBooks, and keeping monthly accounts. He loves teaching how QuickBooks works and helping you stay organized with your financials. Joe is certified in multiple bookkeeping software, including QuickBooks and Xero. He has worked with a range of businesses from non-profits to service orientated to inventory-based. Joe has worked as a bookkeeper since 2017.
Topics: Quickbooks and Coaching
Lee Davis & Company, a bookkeeping firm serving start-ups to mid-sized companies, delivers services tailored to the needs of young businesses and entrepreneurs. The firm offers effective, financial management solutions that set customers on a clear path to success. As a QuickBooks Certified Pro-Advisor, Lee allows owners the opportunity to spend more time focusing on their business and less time on record-keeping. Whether you require assistance setting up QuickBooks and learning how to use it or have more complex needs, Lee Davis & Company can help. In addition to bookkeeping, Lee can provide consulting and strategic planning services.
Topics: Legal Support for Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights, Trade Secrets
Mr. Grissett is an intellectual property lawyer that helps new and established enterprises protect their innovations, minimize intellectual property (IP) related risk, and enforce IP rights and defend against IP right assertions. Mr. Grissett does this primarily through patent preparation and procurement, patent litigation, and various types of patent analysis. In addition, Mr. Grissett routinely advises companies on brand protection strategies, protection of creative works via copyrights, and technology transactions through drafting and negotiating joint development agreements, software development and service agreements, and licenses for all forms of IP. While Mr. Grissett has significant expertise in medical devices, his experience has been applied in a range of business settings including software development, alternative energy sources, apparel, and outdoor gear and equipment.
Topics: Accounting Services, Certified Valuation Analyst
Christopher Wheeler is a Certified Public Accountant with over 25 years of experience providing tax, accounting, and advisory services to clients. He is also a Certified Valuation Analyst who specializes in the valuation of small, closely held companies. Chris can help clients throughout the process of buying or selling a business, including planning, valuation, and due diligence work. He is also able to advise buyers and sellers on tax-efficient strategies for the transaction and ownership structure.
Chris graduated from the University of Maine, Orono with a degree in business and accounting, and continued his studies postgraduate at the UNH Whittemore School of Business and Economics. He is currently a partner at Oster & Wheeler, PC in Keene, New Hampshire and has been with the firm since 2008. Prior to his current position, Chris held positions in public accounting firms and in private industry as a finance director and controller.
Topics: Business Insurance
Sarah is a personal and commercial lines insurance professional with Kapiloff Insurance with 16 years of experience in the field. Kapiloff Insurance is a locally owned agency in Keene and services many commercial clients of varying sizes and needs. Commercial insurance has many facets that can be confusing when a new business is created. Sarah will offer guidance with regard to the insurance needs for your business as well as quotes as requested.
Topics: Arts business coaching, Creative economy and creative placemaking for planners and community leaders, Creative community support & connections, Support in planning and facilitating community-driven processes and conversation around community topics involving the arts, Businesses building partnerships with artists and arts organizations
Arts Alive! is the arts service organization of the Monadnock region. Jessica Gelter, executive director of the organization since 2014, will be in the coach’s chair. In her role at Arts Alive!, and in our coaches chair, she provides feedback and “next step” guidance on artists looking to launch or grow their businesses or community projects; she advises planning departments and downtowns on how to develop ideas to activate public spaces with cultural activity and how to facilitate public art; she provides introductions and referrals to new creative community participants; she advises independent groups looking for fiscal sponsorship and nonprofits looking to offer fiscal sponsorship, and she advises businesses and nonprofits looking to add cultural activities or amenities to their places of business or their workforce. Gelter has also served on her local planning commission since 2015 and has spoken at several community planning and economic development conferences. She is an artist, performer, playwright, past arts educator, and community arts organizer passionate about the arts for its transformative power in communities.
Topics: Social Media Strategy and Digital Advertising, Brand
Antje is the Public Information Director for SAU29’s seven school districts and also runs Blue House Creative, a local marketing and PR firm. With clients across the US and Europe, Antje specializes in public relations, digital marketing and creative strategy for nonprofits and small businesses. Prior to establishing her company in 2016, Antje worked in the College Relations/Marketing department at Keene State College for 12 years. Antje is a Social Marketing Certified Professional with experience in print and digital design, branding, and marketing strategy. Whether you are starting your business or would like to refresh the look and feel of your existing brand, Antje loves to work collaboratively and will help you create relevant and memorable solutions.
Conception and execution of advertising campaigns
Developing a brand identity style guide
Photo editing in Adobe Photoshop
Creation of compelling email newsletters using Mailchimp
Social media setup and strategy: develop foundational social marketing skills to grow follower volume, engagement, and business results. Best practices for optimizing social media profiles, putting together a content game plan, social advertising options and growing your online community.
Topics: Logo Design
Ted is the designer and owner at Logo Further LLC which specializes in logos and visual brand identity. His design approach emphasizes the importance of practicality alongside creativity. He spreads awareness that brand graphics succeed by being meaningful, functional, and infringement-free. As a coach, Ted helps entrepreneurs and business owners understand the technical requirements to make this happen, as well as the pitfalls to avoid. His experience spans commercial company projects, non profits, competitive teams, solopreneurs, and startups, as well as those that are rebranding. Ted helps professionals develop holistic, versatile brand iconography that serves as a permanent solution.
Topics: How to develop your own website using Squarespace
Bob Lawson specializes in web development using the Squarespace content management system. He trains small businesses and nonprofits how to develop and maintain their own sites, including ecommerce and donation processing. Bob has one foot in communications and one in technology having worked as an editor/journalist and having helped start and run six internet startups. His company, Sustainable Digital, is located in Putney, VT.
Topics:Finance, business planning/forecasting, capital and liquidity planning
David has 30+ years of experience in the financial industry in a variety of roles including direct investing in medium-sized manufacturing and technology companies, portfolio management, corporate finance and IT. He also worked in his family manufacturing business, building its production scheduling and inventory management software. He has taught financial modeling and has been building spreadsheet models of businesses and portfolios for many years.
David is a Chartered Financial Analyst, and received his B.S. in Chemistry and M.S. in Management/Finance. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Finance at NYU Stern School of Business. Though relatively new to the community, David is volunteering his time to serve as a member of the board of directors of the Monadnock Food Co-op.
Topics: Support for Food Businesses: bookkeeping, accounting, sales forecasting, business planning, cash flow management, fundraising, and pitch preparation
Jim is the founder and President of Food Creators Financial, LLC; a bookkeeping, accounting, and outsourced CFO firm for food businesses. Jim performs CFO services such as sales forecasting, business planning, cash flow management, fundraising, and pitch preparation for early and mid-stage food businesses. He also manages a staff of accountants and bookkeepers that are experts in the value-added food and restaurant businesses.
Prior to starting his current business Jim was the founding Entrepreneur in Residence (EiR) for Windham Grows, a food business accelerator, he worked very closely with 59 food entrepreneurs over three years. Those 59 businesses created 60 new jobs and increased sales by 40%.
He also helped six of those entrepreneurs raise $2.2 million in outside funding.
Under his direction, Windham Grows won the 2019 Innovation and Inspiration Award from the Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility.
He, in conjunction with the management team, raised and oversaw over one-million dollars ($855,000 cash and $250,000 in-kind services) to start and maintain Windham Grows.
Topics: Biotech, Project Management, Commercialization, Strategy
Julie is a Project Manager at Celdara Medical; she is currently leading a regional Accelerator Hub to promote biomedical entrepreneurship in the Northeast. She received a BA in Biology and English from Bowdoin College, followed by a PhD in Neuroscience at Tufts University. Julie spent two years as a healthcare consultant for biotech and pharmaceutical companies at Putnam Associates where she led projects across diseases areas and varying stages of development.
Topics: Outside general counsel to biotechnology, life sciences, medial device, pharmaceutical, and healthcare
Christina Ferrari is a shareholder of Bernstein Shur, P.A., where she is a member of the Litigation and Dispute Resolution, Business, and Healthcare Practice Groups. Before entering law, Christina was a dedicated researcher in the fields of neurosurgery and neuropharmacology, and her work has been published in the Journal of Neuroscience. She now puts her industry-specific, technical knowledge to work as an advisor and outside general counsel to her biotechnology, life sciences, medical device, pharmaceutical, and healthcare clients, as they navigate the modern-day health care system’s legal and regulatory challenges. As a skilled litigator, Christina advocates for her clients at all levels and assists them in resolving complex disputes, including in the areas of products liability, toxic torts, healthcare, and professional licensing. She serves as Past President on the Board of Directors of the New Hampshire Women’s Bar Association, as a member of the Board of Directors of the New Hampshire Tech Alliance, where she also Chairs the Government Affairs Committee, and as a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council at the University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law. Christina earned her J.D. from the University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law, where she was a Daniel Webster Scholar and sworn into the New Hampshire Bar prior to graduation, and her M.A. in Medical Science, with Thesis Honors, from Boston University School of Medicine.
Topics:Science Writer, Editor, Grant Coordinator
Wren Fournier serves as editor, and science/technical writing consultant to scholars, scientists, and individuals preparing grants, project prospectuses, presentations, books, book chapters, articles, and annual funding reports. With a background and certification in research protocols, and research integrity, her work includes many years editing and writing for faculty at large universities in the fields of science, social science, and academic medicine –– both principal investigators and junior scholars. She holds a degree in English, with an emphasis in writing. Wren currently resides in the Monadnock region.
Topics: Technology Transfer, Manufacturing Readiness, Biotech Culture, Research and Development, Design For Six Sigma
Julie has experience in technology transfer and design control with over 20 years of experience in clinical, pharmaceutical, and medical device. She has expertise in Design for Six Sigma (Green Belt), and Management of Product Development transfer to Manufacturing. Her technology transfer process emphasizes the early adoption of documentation and process validation to ensure readiness for release of regulated products. Julie is ready to consult on the systems and requirements to ensure that products and processes are ready to transfer to manufacturing and market release. Julie holds a Masters of Biotechnology from The Johns Hopkins University.
Jason is professor and chair of the biology department at Keene State College is just down the street, providing an opportunity for recruitment of skilled interns/employees and the potential to develop collaborative projects with faculty in the natural sciences. There are faculty currently doing NIH and NSF funded research. There are multiple opportunities to explore connections with faculty, facility and students.
Topics: Life sciences investment opportunities scout
Emily is part of the investment team at Borealis Ventures, a Hanover, NH based venture capital firm focused on healthcare, particularly life sciences and digital health. There she is responsible for sourcing new investment opportunities, executing due diligence before investment, and providing strategic support to portfolio companies. Emily previously spent time as an analyst for a Boston-based venture capital firm and in business development for a digital health company. She is ready to consult on early stage funding options and strategy. Emily holds an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and a degree in Biology from the University of Louisville.
Topics: Business strategy, company formation, capital access (fundraising), leadership coaching, branding, business development
Roy Wallen is a management advisor who leads Directional Healthcare Advisors, a NH-based services firm. He has served in executive leadership roles for new product initiatives in medical technology companies ranging from pre-revenue start-up to multi-billion, global concerns. His focus is on the startup community, helping entrepreneurs take their ideas to commercial success. Roy has spent his career managing existing businesses for sustainable profits and bringing new technologies out of the laboratory and into the market. His current work as advisor to emerging companies, supports their need for access to capital markets, crafting the stories that demonstrate market needs, matching technology to those market needs, and translating this into a compelling business case.
Roy also serves on the Board of Directors of a Colorado-based nonprofit, as a mentor and judge for MassChallenge, and as a volunteer for the Youth CITIES Lifescience Learning Laboratory (L3) to teach middle school and high school students how to apply their STEM interests to areas of innovation.
Topics: Business Insurance
Scott Olmstead is Sr Vice President and Director of Agency Operations at The Insurance Center. With close to 40 years in the insurance industry, Scott has worked with numerous start-up businesses helping identify their risks of loss and the best way to protect the business through risk management, transfer of risk strategies, contractual insurance requirements and insurance products. He presents a consultative approach to the “what if” questions.
Scott will help the start-up business with the insurance component of their business plan.
Topics: project management, productivity
With 20 years of experience, Lisa specializes in sharing the tools and techniques of Agile and Waterfall project management. She owns Facilitated Change, an independent consulting firm in Harrisville, NH. She provides a range of services including training and coaching as well as outsourced project management. Her goal is to provide her clients with the tools and skills they need to complete successful projects. Lisa is certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP) and an Agile Certified Professional (ACP) by the Project Management Institute (PMI), a global leader in the development of standards for the practice of project management.
Topics: Work/ Life Balance, stress relief strategies, and building blocks to self-awareness, including breath techniques, and meditation
Owner of The Voice of Clay in Brookline NH, Wendy has been in business for over 20 years. She has a BA in Music and English from Skidmore College, an MA in Transpersonal Psychology from Atlantic University, and certifications in Breathwork Facilitation and Hypnosis. Wendy has been wellness coaching for over 7 years and has a unique perspective as a business owner herself. She started her business in 1999 and has predicated leadership in her field on resiliency, creativity, resourcefulness, and her true nature. She offers zoom coaching for those who feel stuck, frustrated, stressed, sad, confused, lost, or just need a little balancing to get back on track. All of Wendy’s coaching appointments are held virtually via an online platform.
Topics: Building Energy Efficiency Consulting, Energy Project Finance and Incentives, Utility Bill Analysis
Scott is Director of Clean Energy Finance at the New Hampshire Community Development Finance Authority (CDFA). Working with businesses, non-profits, and municipalities, Scott provides financing tools and technical support for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects and manages an energy audit grant program for small NH businesses. In previous positions with for-profit companies and non-profit organizations he has completed residential and commercial energy audits, business development for energy consulting projects, and consulted with utilities on energy efficiency program development, marketing and implementation. Scott is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM) through the Association of Energy Engineers.
Topics: New business development, global sourcing, product development, and strategic planning for growth
Michael Cohen, principal of MSC Consultancy, has expertise is in the areas of new business development, global sourcing, product development and strategic planning. He has successfully built several businesses in the consumer products industry. He has extensive experience in manufacturing, sourcing of products worldwide and all aspects of launching a new line of products. Michael lived in China for 4 years building a global sourcing office for a large housewares company. Since returning to the Northeast, he has worked in a variety of product segments including furniture, cleaning and kitchen tools, flatware and decorative accessories. He is very knowledgeable in all business systems and procedures.
Michael can assist all sizes of enterprises in seeing how to build a business and capitalize on a vision or specific expertise.
Topics: Human Resources, Organizational Development
Emily Hall Warren is the Director of Administration at the W.S. Badger Company, a family owned and family friendly business built around healthy living in the workplace and in the community. Badger is known for its certified organic and truly natural personal care products, and employs 85 full- and part-time workers, and is a certified B Corporation – which adds transparency to the company’s social and environmental business practices.
Prior to Badger, Emily specialized in training and Organizational Advancement for the Claremont Savings Bank and more recently The Timken Company.
Emily has an extensive background in Human Resources (SHRM-SCP) and a Master’s Degree in Organization and Management from Antioch New England University.
Topics: Contract Basics
Joe has a broad range of experience in developing, negotiating contracts, and resolving contract disputes. As a New Hampshire attorney, he represented numerous businesses. As a litigator and Superior Court mediator, he resolved numerous disputes. He served as General Counsel for software companies in Silicon Valley and Boston MetroWest. He was Director of Contracts and Legal Compliance for the Student Conservation Association, a national environmental nonprofit. He has negotiated contracts from $5000 vendor contracts to $30 million patent license agreements, locally, nationally and worldwide.
Topics: Technical Assistance for Hannah Grimes Center, and Community Resources
Sara was born and raised in the Catskill Mountains of New York State. After receiving her B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Vermont, she has spent her time working for mission driven and place-based organizations as a farmer and educator. Sara has been living in the Monadnock Region since 2013. A graduate of Antioch University New England, she holds a master’s degree in Environmental Studies, with a concentration in Environmental Education. With a penchant for systems thinking and facilitative leadership, she enjoys working with folks in her community to grow and strengthen local resiliency through place-based initiatives. As the Program Director at Hannah Grimes, she is responsible for managing the business incubator program, and developing the organization’s workshops, seminars, and projects that support entrepreneurs and business owners in the region. Sara also serves on the Board of the Cheshire County Conservation District as an Associate Supervisor.
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