“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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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

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.

The Word is… Opportunity

The Word is… Opportunity

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?

Welcome to the Roaring 20s?

Welcome to the Roaring 20s?

Will the economy be super-charged after we reach herd immunity? Or are we in for a recession? How can your small business keep up with the predictions and end up on top? Look for the opportunity.

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.