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1 Deborah Ferro Burke, PhD William Polk Consulting Alliance February 11, 2010

2 Some statistics Types of entrepreneurs Starting up Exiting Consulting need indicators Cautions for consultants Why work for entrepreneurs? How to work with entrepreneurs Ethics

3 Entrepreneurs renew society by constantly looking for opportunities to make products, institutions and practices better. Bill Green University of Miami Kauffman Foundation

4 Innovation, improvement, creativity, social responsibility, economic engine Young firms: 2/3 of job creation, 4 jobs per firm 0.32% of adults created a new business each month More than half-million new jobs per month

5 Increases Lowest and middle income-potential businesses Men (women increased after previous decrease) Most for Latino, Asian, white, immigrant Non-college educated Widening gap between immigrant and native born Latinos increasing, lowest income potential Asians increasing, highest income potential Blacks decreasing

6 Decreases College-educated Highest rates of activity Ages Construction #1, services #2 Increases in all regions except Midwest NY #3, MA #4

7 Inventor: Wow! Have I got a neat idea! Cutting edge: start it, sell it, make $ Serial: start it, sell it, make $, repeat Friends: let’s make neat stuff together I can run this better: outsourced product/service Practicing professional: my one true niche

8 Franchise: why reinvent the wheel? Main Street: in my own home town Artists and creative folks Social: focus on the mission, be of service Intrapreneur: fly below the radar Lifestyle: when I’m not skiing…

9 Just do it. Who needs sleep? It’s my only activity, but I’m not obsessed Who has an extra garage? couch? I’ll ask my brother for money We’ll get cash flow from the first client This is what I’ve been saving for My credit is good, they approved

10 My local bank has good loan rates I’ll keep waiting table I know where we can get used parts Glad I’m on someone’s payroll I’ll take the buy-out

11 Turn it into a stream of income Scale it – franchise, on the web, copyright merge, sell, IPO and go Sell but stay in work less, do special projects go back to the lab I love Keep doing it: COO/CEO/Professional expand, go public, right-size it Buy-out or be bought-out by partners

12 Crisis, problem No plan, no progress Growth exceeds capacity Sudden big win Event or milestone New regulations/legal requirements Market changes: bigger, smaller, different Supplier changes: commercial or technical Customer changes: commercial or technical Leadership changes: planned or unexpected

13 May not have money May not understand implications Hot-shot, “I can’t fail,” won’t listen Idealist, shouldn’t be constrained Can understand only by doing Needs support, not real consulting You may have to be very patient These clients can be very needy

14 It’s fun, it’s easy, why not? You believe in the mission Fill in between other projects Relatively small, simple, local Pilot a new approach References, connections

15 Offer small chunks Pick affordable price points Tailor the scope “Used” not invented, left-overs Give warm-fuzzies, be nice Be patient, this enterprise may grow High stakes for them, familiar for you

16 Familiar to you, but high stakes for them How much should you give away? How much can you re-cycle? How much can you experiment? Should you get paid if they’re barely making it? Should you defer pay? Should you get paid in products or stock? What if you could do it better than they are? What happens when partners fight?

17 Entrepreneurs come in different flavors forms, motivations, success rates, styles Are an engine of economic growth half-million new jobs per month Can be good clients if you understand them know how to work with them


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