Advisory Board Council Testimonials

“We have learned so much!  Every day we continue to evaluate and make changes based on what we have learned from our advisors. We do believe that the company is heading in the right financial direction, therefore it has definitely been worth it.  The best part of it is that we continue to grow in knowledge, this in return allows us to plan and react in order to create a better company, and a better tomorrow.  We are very grateful to this program and we thank you for the opportunity to participate in it.”

Luis F. Vargas
Enviro-USA American Manufacturer, LLC

“We have just started the process and have had only the initial Advisory Board Council meeting.  But just preparing for that meeting was a very valuable exercise, by having us look at and discuss the issues potentially limiting our growth.”

Richard Woodman
ADC Legal Systems

“The Advisory Board has helped strengthen my company by asking questions, discussing options and providing advice for improving my business. They have helped me avoid some mistakes, focus where there is the greatest opportunity, and more effectively consider reasonable alternatives. My advisors have been great and I have enjoyed learning from them.”

Joseph Sefcik
Employment Technologies Corporation

“The board opened my eyes to a different way of looking at my business.”

Renee McCalla-Watson
Therapy Dynamics

“I cannot thank the SBDC enough for their advisers help and support. They helped us structure our company so we have the framework within the company to grow on our own merit. We have found their support and advice immeasurable in the benefits we have gotten from it. Our financial outlook has been multiplied exponentially due to the training, and direction given by the advisers. We thank you, we thank you, we forever thank you.”

John Sprinkle
KTS Construction Consultants

“We started our business with very little business background but with a lot of passion for what we do. Passion can only take you so far in business.  Our Advisory Board helped pick us up by our boot straps and get us on track with real life business planning and development. Now not only do we have a passion for what we do but we have developed a passion for business as well.”

Lou Schiavo
World Wide Corals

“Wonderful  experience.  The Advisory Board Council program is an incredible opportunity for any small business owner who wants to succeed and move their business into a more manageable and profitable direction! Economic downturns were hurting business, and the professionals assigned to me gave me a wealth of knowledge on ways to cut budgets to get through the bad economy and developed strategies to gain more customers. I completed all the tasks and took all their advice, and our company saw an increased profit of over $55,000 in one year due to the suggestions of the group. It was amazing!”

Annmarie Paparella
V.I. Pet Resort

“I don’t think we would have survived this recession if not for our involvement with the Advisory Board Council. Today, I am more financials centric and focused in “working on the business” than in my twenty plus years of being in business.”

Rusty Woodall
City Beautiful

“Participating in the SBDC Advisory Board program has been crucial for weathering our present economic climate.  Although our company is twenty one years old, I often felt that luck got us there.  We had no goals…no marketing plan…no focus.  My Advisory Board has helped me build a plan by setting goals and devising ways to meet those goals.  This focus has improved our sales and necessitated the addition of another employee.”

Judy Handfield
Total Refrigeration Gaskets, Inc.

“The Advisory Board has provided a great benefit to our firm. Often times, small businesses are only held accountable to themselves and their employees. The board has provided an additional level of accountability and an objective view on our businesses’ practices and capabilities.”

Jessica Burns
RL Burns

“Very friendly and professional group of advisors. Very beneficial overall experience for our business.”

Alvaro Gonzalez
Willbeth, Inc.

“Excellent program. The staff is knowledgeable and really cares. I recommend it to other businesses all the time. We would not be where we are without this program.”

Emily Schlansky
Dog Day Afternoon, Inc.