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“Kelly’s background in market research and as a business advisor brings a unique and invaluable perspective to founders and company leaders. Her experience helping organizations understand their market has enabled many businesses to find a foothold and grow. I can honestly say that UpStream would not exist were it not for Kelly’s guidance and naturally supportive mentorship. She challenged me to dig deeper, learn more, and through that have the confidence to succeed. Kelly has been a high value advisor and I feel fortunate to have her in my corner.”

Jim McDougall

CEO & Founder, UpStreamAV, LLC

Kelly Berry and I have worked closely together to provide online learning opportunities for the Association for Independent Information Professionals (AIIP). Kelly’s depth of expertise on market research strategies applied to business decision models has provided our members with both enriched online interaction and exceptional content to apply and reference.

As a small business owner, I’ve especially benefited from Kelly’s workshops on business planning techniques as I apply them now and in future business development decision making. Kelly is an inspiring and insightful online teacher and facilitator and any one who works with her will benefit tremendously from her experience and enthusiasm for immediate and longer term business development and growth.

Liz McLean

Founder, Knowsaic

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Common sense advice for growing entrepreneurs

Whatever stage of the process you’re in, there are great free resources to help you learn more, get started or grow your business.  Here are a few, and I’ll be adding to the list as we grow this site together!


The Small Business Development Center offices are located across the United States, offering free consultations and low cost training.  Click on the link to find the SBDC office nearest you.



The Service Corps Of Retired Executives offers free mentoring, classes and online workshops.  Connect with a local mentor or seek out remote opportunities to learn about starting your own business.



The U.S. Small Business Administration offers a wide variety of services to local businesses including funding options, links to federal contracting options and a terrific Business Guide to learn more about running your own business.


County or State Economic Development Office

Your local Economic Development office may offer consulting, support, classes or other training options to help you learn how to open a business in your community.