The Hannah Grimes Center offers pro bono coaching for business owners and nonprofit leaders to meet with business coaches and consultants who volunteer their time to assist growing organizations. From marketing and social media to fundraising and financial management, our instructors are the lifeblood of the Center and are here to help!
The goal of 1:1 Coaching is to offer growing organizations and opportunity connect with a professional coach or consultant at no cost up to 3 times per topic. This helps you really dig in to a project with guidance and have check-ins along the way. It’s also an opportunity for you to meet experienced professionals in the business community and learn from their mistakes!
Topics: Sales process and design
Jon Anderson creates and implements sustainable and rapid growth for small and mid sized business as the founder of Sidehill. He will work alongside existing leadership to implement world class sales operations and client acquisition strategy, sales team performance and processes, systems design and implementation, marketing integration, and executive coaching. Sidehill brings your team over 25 years of sustainable new revenue development and sales operations repair. We have helped dozens satisfied clients break stagnant sales cycles and realize their true growth potential. Industries served include web based B2B technology and services, precision component and device manufacturing, molecular diagnostics media and devices, IT and financial services, web retail, and others.
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: Financial analysis and strategy
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.
Topics:Networking, Lead Generation Team Building and Communication
Michelle has over twenty-five years of experience in the retail and manufacturing industries; her areas of expertise include Customer Service, Training & Development, Effective Communication & Networking as well as Team Management. She has experience with both inside and outside Sales. Michelle is an award-winning business coach and is now the Chief Problem Solver of Connor Business Resources, www.conbizresources.com supporting business owners, entrepreneurs and non-profit organizations with online education and resources. Prior to working as a business coach, Michelle held key management positions with Sam’s Club’s corporate office and Staples Inc. She continues to be involved with several organizations and committees helping businesses to grow and achieve their goals.
Topics: Bookkeeping Services, Quickbooks certified in Desktop and A Quickbooks OnLine ProAdvisor.
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: Executive leadership coaching for established business owners and management alignment
John Ela is a CEO Coach and Strategic Adviser, helping clients achieve greater performance and lower stress. With 30 years of personal CEO experience leading multiple companies, he brings a real world approach to C-level Executive Coaching. He believes that organizational performance is driven by the combination of clear strategies, management alignment, and effective leadership. When these elements are established, Leaders can generate desired results, lead a high performance team, achieve personal work/life harmony, and have a lot more fun. The Ela Management Group, typically works with leaders of established businesses.
Topics: strategic planning, business development, financial management
Wink was born and raised in the Monadnock Region, returning to raise his own family. After 16 years at Markem Corporation, Wink founded and co-owned the North American sales and service offices of Logopak Corp. He has a proven record of implementing systems that improve profit and reduce costs. As a coach for Advicoach, he brings his many years of experience and expertise with business development, marketing and business analysis to the business owners of NH and beyond.
Wink is quite involved within the community through organizations such as Monadnock United Way, The Rotary Club of Keene, Pathways for Keene and The Monadnock Conservancy. He holds an MBA in Marketing from The Johnson School, Cornell University and a Bachelor of Arts in German Studies from Vassar College.
Topics: Artist and Maker Community Connections
Topics: Start up and small business law
Andrew loves working with growing businesses. As an attorney with Merritt & Merritt, he advises companies at all stages, from formation to liquidity events, and has experience with crowdfunding, IP protection, securities compliance, commercial leases, contracts, employment, and business litigation. As a young lawyer, Andrew has taken an entrepreneurial and unconventional approach to his practice through partnerships with startup hubs throughout New Hampshire, and by incorporating client friendly tools like flat-fee offerings, online appointment booking, and a modern approach to communication and document sharing. His interests are well suited for working with Northern New England startups – he is both a technology enthusiast and an avid supporter of developing a strong and sustainable local business community through tools like B-Corp certification and crowdfunding. No matter what stage your business is at, Andrew can help you find creative ways to take the next steps.
These meetings are intended to be a free, brief initial consultation in which we can discuss general legal concepts that apply to startups and small businesses. These discussions will be confidential, but potential clients should not rely on these discussions as legal advice. These meetings are not intended to form any attorney-client relationship, and a conflict check and a formal, detailed consultation will be required for any legal advice beyond a discussion of general concepts.
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: Graphic Design/Branding Strategy
Chrissy is a versatile graphic designer and marketing professional who enjoys working with clients to solve problems through design and creative process. She has experience in print and digital design, illustration, branding, marketing strategy, and project management. You can view her work here. Chrissy believes that good design has an immediate return on investment for clients – by increasing confidence in your brand, providing easy-to-use (and reuse) content and tools, and reducing time spent on marketing/communications.
These sessions are intended for early stage entrepreneurs, startups, and small businesses who (1) are looking to kickstart a design/branding project and need ideas/inspiration/
Coaching participants will receive two pro bono coaching sessions, as well as up to one hour of pro bono design services which may include scoping, research, concept sketches, mockups, and/or other idea generation. Clients will be asked to complete a brief questionnaire before the first session to provide background on their design needs and current design/marketing strategy.
Topics: Human Resource policies, State, Federal & OSHA compliance, Employee Handbooks
Paula has been a strategic partner with companies since 2001, helping them create the company culture they have always wanted, comply with State, Federal, and OSHA regulations, and create a stable foundation for growth with defined policies, procedures and handbooks. Paula brings over 35 years of experience to companies in the construction, retail, funeral, software development, manufacturing, food, and financial industries, as well as to many non-profit organizations; With an undergraduate degree in Education & over 35 years of experience, Paula is certified to train in forklift safety and other programs. An instructor for Hannah Grimes since 2010, she conducts workshops and offers business coaching. Paula’s sessions are over the phone or virtual for January, February, and March. She returns to one on one in person coaching sessions May until December.
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: Social Media Marketing & Promotion
Stacey Nachajski is a Digital Marketing Consultant and owner of Great Brook Media. She helps small business owners and their teams learn the ins and outs of promoting their business online. With a communications degree from Plymouth State University and a decade of experience in Public Relations and Advertising, Stacey’s heart is in social media. She truly enjoys learning all that she can about each platform, then breaking it down for business owners who don’t have the time to sift through it all. Offering one on one training, coaching and tailored workshops, Stacey shares her systems and processes that simplify social media marketing and email, helping small business owners focus on what they do best!
Topics: Website development, website audits, and SEO
Laurie is the co-founder of Phil-Mack Media, a digital marketing and business solutions consultant specializing in helping businesses grow their online presence. Laurie was born and raised in the Monadnock region and believes strongly that customer service and community should be a high priority for a business. She has many years of experience with a background in bookkeeping, banking, import and export, website design and marketing. She feels there is a big need to educate business owners of these types of services in the small business world and guide them through their digital transformation. Laurie has volunteered her time to support the Greater Keene Chamber of Commerce, the Monadnock Humane Society, The YEA program at KSC, and Joy’s Network.
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.
Please email us to book a session with David.
Lisa Sieverts, PMP, PMI-ACP
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: leadership, organizational culture
Bob Vecchiotti is a business advisor and executive coach who combines a lot of business experience with practical psychology. He has advised many senior executives of major corporations and business owners challenged by today’s threats and opportunities. His focus is on building strong business organizations and coaching high potentials with best management practices while building on their strengths.
Topics: Leadership coaching, company branding, strategic planning, business development
Roy Wallen leads Directional Healthcare Advisors, a NH-based advisory services firm. He has served in leadership roles for new product initiatives in medical technology companies ranging from pre-revenue start-up to multi-billion, global concerns. Roy has spent his career managing existing businesses for sustainable profits and bringing new technologies out of the laboratory and into clinical use. His focus is on market development based on research and a planning process that addresses market access needs. Roy also serves as advisor to emerging companies who need access to capital markets, crafting the stories that demonstrate market needs, how technology matches those needs, and how these translate into a compelling business case.
Roy serves on the Board of a Colorado-based nonprofit and as a volunteer for the Youth CITIES Lifescience Learning Laboratory (L3) to teach middle school and high school students how to apply certain STEM interests in areas of innovation.
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