“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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It’s Lonely at the Top

It’s Lonely at the Top

Have you been feeling more isolated running your business this year? Consider some in person and online ways to connect with your fellow business owners.

How do you find your peers to aid in decision making? Or just to avoid feeling alone? Check out these three suggestions in the latest blog post!

Gratitude Attitude Year 3

Gratitude Attitude Year 3

As we approach Thanksgiving, take time to think about all of the people who have helped you grow your business over the years.

Let’s express some gratitude for our peers, supporters and mentors!

Who are you grateful for? Read more to help you reflect on your own entrepreneurial path!

Habit Forming

Habit Forming

How do you find the time to add good habits, like planning for your business, into your day? Form some new habits!

Personal + Business Connections

Personal + Business Connections

Small business owners do better when they help each other, but many in-person events haven’t gotten back to normal. Learn more about why these are connections so important!

From Origin to Opportunity

From Origin to Opportunity

Origin stories about entrepreneurs are great! But what about sticking with it? How do you continue to look for opportunity and innovate to stay in business?

Decision Overload

Decision Overload

Being an entrepreneur often comes with way too many decisions to make. Are you on decision overload? How can you lessen your load?

On Holiday

On Holiday

It’s time for a break from work! When was the last time you went ‘on holiday’ and gave yourself some downtime from your small business?

Your Legacy

Your Legacy

Whether you’re 20 or 70, it’s important to think about your legacy – and the vision you are setting for your business and personal life.

Talk to the experts!

Talk to the experts!

Tired of doing all the decision making for your small business? Want some help? Talk to the experts!

Find Your Community

Find Your Community

Are you a growth minded entrepreneur? Find your community to accelerate your growth and get the support you need to keep going!

The Game is Rigged

The Game is Rigged

Spending money on digital marketing can feel like placing a bet on your business when the odds are not in your favor. What to do?

Welcome Great Resigners!

Welcome Great Resigners!

The Great Resignation has caused many former employees to become new entrepreneurs. As existing small business owners, we welcome our new start-ups to the world of entrepreneurship!

Channel Your Creativity

Channel Your Creativity

Planning for the future of your business? Look far enough ahead that you need to channel your creativity, even if you don’t consider yourself creative.

Going Viral

Going Viral

What can we learn from examples of things gone viral? Focus on the personal connection.

To Do List or Bust!?

To Do List or Bust!?

As we reflect on our accomplishments for the year, let’s talk about how we manage our To Do list.

Gratitude Attitude Year 3

Gratitude Attitude Redux

Who keeps you going as you work to constantly learn and grow as a business owner? This Thanksgiving, let’s express our gratitude for them!

The Three Ps of Small Business Growth

The Three Ps of Small Business Growth

Make sure you are taking advantage of the advantages small business owners have over their giant competitors. The 3 Ps of personalizing, pivoting and perceiving changes around us.

Planning with a Pestle

Planning with a Pestle

PESTLE is a tool to analyze what’s going on in the world around you that could impact your business. Is it time for you to give it a try?

She who hesitates is lost

She who hesitates is lost

Who holds you accountable to making progress in your business? It’s too easy to avoid difficult decisions and focus on the easy stuff.

Your New Goal: Less Juggling, More Controlling

Your New Goal: Less Juggling, More Controlling

Does it feel like you spend a lot of your workday dealing with issues and taking on stress, and not enough taking control and planning your path forward? Let’s focus together on what you can control and why it matters.

Your PERSONAL Advantage

Your PERSONAL Advantage

Let’s talk about some of the things that are great about owning a small business. The key: it’s all about personal connections!

My Startup Failure Story

My Startup Failure Story

The news is full of stories of unicorns and SPACs and VC-funded tech start-ups and failures – but what about the rest of us small business owners? Don’t forget about the everyday entrepreneurs. We have our own tales of success, and of failure. Here is mine: How I invested $25k and 2 years of my life and all I got for it was some tiny tape measures.

What’s the Point of Planning?

What’s the Point of Planning?

With all we’ve been through in the past year, it can be difficult to get enthusiastic about setting aside valuable time to plan for the future of your small business. But the future is coming whether or not you plan for it, so why not get to work looking for opportunity?

Who’s In Your Inner Circle?

Who’s In Your Inner Circle?

Do you have a diverse group of fellow business owners to turn to for advice, support or celebration? If not, it’s time to put that into place!

Don’t Fly Over Me!

Don’t Fly Over Me!

Why is all the funding for startups on the Coasts? Don’t forget all of the talent, creativity, experience and innovation here in the Midwest, better known as the Fly-over Zone!

Time to Channel Your Inner Bigwig?

Time to Channel Your Inner Bigwig?

Hey small business owners! Do you envy the executives in the giant soulless corporations and their fancy offices and benefits? What can we learn from these bigwigs about planning for success? And where do we have it better compared to them? Let’s talk big business.

Be Your Own Data Scientist

Be Your Own Data Scientist

Data collection and analysis is vital to the success of any business, large or small. What are some ways to improve your data analysis process without hiring a data scientist?

Farewell 2020!

Farewell 2020!

I’m sure we’re all ready to look ahead to a year that is not 2020! Consider skipping ahead ten years into the future, and then working backwards to plan for 2021.

Gratitude Attitude Year 3

Gratitude Attitude

Who helped you launch your business? Who keeps you going as you work to constantly learn and grow as a business owner? This Thanksgiving, it’s time to be grateful for our fellow small business owners and all those who support us in our ventures.

Whether you’re in the Learn, Start or Grow phase of your business, there are great free resources out there to help you.  Take a look at some of my favorites here.

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!

SBDC

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.

 

SCORE

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.

 

SBA

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.