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: 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: Social media and automated work flows
Lauren Dragon-Cook has done it all when it comes to owning her own business from creating content, optimizing SEO, e-marketing, blogging, automatic workflows, and more. She lived and breathed the wedding industry since 2012 when she began as the studio manager for a Boston wedding photographer and eventually transitioned into launching LDC & Co., a New England based wedding planning company. She helps creatives transform their passion into a thriving business with her business Wedding Boss Life.
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: 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: Coaching (Branding and Marketing)
For over 30 years Peter has tackled marketing and design problems with imagination and enthusiasm, culminating in creative, intelligent and cost-effective solutions for clients in the arts, food and beverage, gift housewares, publishing and other industries. His firm, Peter Harris Creative, helps for-profit and non-profit companies define who they are and deliver the right message to the right audience via brand audits, identity programs, packaging, websites and other marketing communications materials. A former Instructor at the Art Institute of Boston, Peter is always eager to share his experience and expertise.
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: 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.
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: Cradle-to-grave marketing including vetting ideas and developing products/services, the product launch process, and creating tailored marketing communication plans
Tony Paradiso is the principal of Panoptic Strategies which specializes in assisting small to mid-sized growth companies with how to efficiently manage, execute, and sustain the entire product life cycle process. The foundation for success of any company is recognizing market needs and effectively creating products and/or services to meet those needs. That requires developing strong marketing capabilities and integrating those skills within the company culture.
Tony has over 40 years of marketing and operational experience in over a dozen industries with products ranging from technology to children’s vitamins. As important, for almost a decade he has owned and operated small retail-based businesses. Tony understands the challenges of making payroll and is skilled in maximizing the use of resources.
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.
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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