The Villages, FL
Counselors to America's Small Business
Expert in helping NEW entrepreneurs streamline their startup process while minimizing RISK and maximizing SUCCESS. LEAN STARTUP Specialist. I help you determine if your concept SHOULD go forward based on facts, not assumptions...saving you valuable Energy, Time and hard earned Money.
Expert assisting EXISTING business owners grow revenues & cash-flow, improve operational efficiency, strategic acquisitions, and exit strategy.
I've owned over 6 businesses and would be privileged to share proven processes with you! I've been in your shoes and understand your excitement and desire to make sure you are taking the right steps.
Butler University Bulldog fan by chance? I previously served as a professor in the Entrepreneur & Innovation department and currently work as a Business Coach in same. I started my first business in 1996. While it wasn't started the right way, I sure learned alot!...ALOT about what I should've done and wouldn't do again! Since that first experience, I've been blessed to own businesses with retail sales volume in excess of $30,000,000 involving Retail, Service, Wholesale, Importing, International Business, Ecommerce, Distribution, Sales, Marketing, Operations, Staffing, Financial, Product Development, Sales Reps, Tradeshows, Exit Strategy, Selling/Buying Business and EVERYTHING involved in small business.
I look at my job as a coach and mentor...guiding you along using best-practices in order to help you achieve your GOALS & DREAMS while avoiding expensive mistakes!
Business Coach/Adjunct Professor, Real Business Experience Program
2013-Present, Butler University, Indianapolis, IN
The Real Business Experience is an innovative program at Butler where students form teams, create a business idea, apply for funding (to a group of real business executives) - and if they receive funding, start and run their real business.
Teach (September –December 2013), led, coach and engage 25 students per semester in learning how to create a small business model and actually turn that model into a for profit business.
2011-Present, Business Brokers & Consultants of Indianapolis, Noblesville, IN
Business Brokers actively seeks to acquire engagements with business owners looking to sell their business, and entrepreneurs wishing to purchase a business.
Provide expert guidance on valuation, marketing a business, along with all the elements of good management.
In demand to provide small business consulting on strategies such as growth, vision, scaling, marketing, partner issues, online marketing and exit strategies.
Board of Directors
2010-Present, Starfish Missions, Louisville, KY
Starfish Missions is a faith-based, nonprofit organization that partners with Christian churches in the Dominican Republic, providing underprivileged children with educational opportunities and school supplies.
Provide guidance to the CEO regarding strategy, growth, cash management, logistics, volunteers and interns.
Founder & Senior Mentor Volunteer
2011-2015, Business Mentor Program of Central Indiana, Noblesville, IN
Not-For-Profit program that connects first-time Indianapolis area entrepreneurs with volunteer business mentors that provide expertise and guidance using lean start-up best practices.
Consult with business owners on strategies necessary in order for their business to become profitable, as well as craft strategies to ramp up and significantly grow the business while remaining profitable.
Founder & Senior Turnaround Specialist Volunteer
2012-2015, Help For My Business Program, Noblesville, IN
Not-For-Profit program that provides business turnaround best practices to struggling small business owners.
Provide consulting to turn around high potential or once profitable businesses including root cause analysis of problems, and strategies to renovate finance, sales & marketing, operations, processes, supply chain, market penetration, advertising, staffing, and budgeting.
Owner, General Manager
2001-2012, Harvest Scents & Traders, Indianapolis, IN
HST was acquired by Wholesale Home Décor in 2012 and imports quality and innovative home décor and giftware products to retailers, wholesalers and craft partners.
Built this business from the ground up to a $5 million business with gross margins of 65%+.
Managed all aspects of the business including sales & marketing, advertising, website/SEO, and product development.
Traveled and sourced large volumes of goods from Asia, and utilizing Chinese agents and interpreters, negotiated pricing and logistics; traveled extensively to trade shows in the United States to develop customer relationships.
Owner, General Manager
1996-2001, The Golden Quill, Carmel, IN
The Golden Quill started as a home décor retailer and was the forerunner of Harvest Scents & Traders.
Founded this firm growing revenue to over $400,000; discovered a lack of wholesalers to serve the many retailers and wound down this business to concentrate on founding a wholesale business.
Owner, General Manager
1996-2001, NuTan Indianapolis, IN
NuTan was a retail tanning salon & gift shop.
Bought, operated and sold this business after doubling sales to $125,000.
Stockbroker, Investment Consultant, Sales Manager & Trust Portfolio Manager
1992-1996, Smith Barney, Banc One Securities, Huntington Investment Co & First National Bank
The original Smith Barney, a well known securities firm, is now part of Morgan Stanley Wealth Management.
Acquired and managed assets of high net worth clients, corporations and municipalities in excess of $40 million.
Sold by cold calling, direct sales, referrals and seminars while consistently reaching client objectives for wealth investment growth & income.
MBA, Business Administration, Western Governors University
BA, Business Administration, Hanover College
Expert in Start up Business and very knowledgeable in General Management Operations.
Career emphasis - sales, sales management, marketing director, general management of business operations and service on for profit and non-profit Boards of Directors. Three successful startup businesses (B2B), 9 years board Chair/President non-profit national trade association, 41 [30 P&L responsibility] years domestic/international business sales and operations management.
1- International and US Standards Certification and certification consulting for virtually all types of business seeking competitive advantage or compliance. ISO 9001, 14001, 50001, AS9100, TL9000, TS16949, OHSAS 18001, etc.
2- General Management Operations for service industries including human resources, everyday management activities, P & L critical operations focus
3- START-UP - knowledge of fundamental issues that need to be addressed in any new business, how to assess the potential for success
4- Board of Directors - Profit/Non-profit operations and activities
5- Business Planning creation and execution management, including Strategic, Marketing, Sales, Human Resource, and Operations plans in particular for service industries.
MBA – Management/Finance: University of Texas-State System, Houston, Texas
BS – Chemical Engineering: Lafayette College, Easton, Pennsylvania
Alan Millner is an electrical engineer, with experience in power electronics, solar energy systems, electric vehicles, and medical devices. His business experience includes small business startup and sale, product development, and product strategy. He earned his BSEE, MSEE, and PhD from MIT. After working at MIT Lincoln Laboratory on spacecraft and solar energy systems, he co-founded a solar system company in 1979. After sale of the company, he left it in 1985 to serve as an engineering manager in a series of small and medium sized businesses, which included both industrial power electronics and medical devices. In 2009 he returned to MIT Lincoln Lab where he now works part time as energy systems technical staff.
BSEE, MSEE, and PhS in Electrical Engineering from MIT.</p>
I have been fortunate to have a bunch of professions and along the way have started, developed, operated and sold three business. I have a background in franchise operations, employee development, finance, manufacturing, sales and any other aspect of owning a small business that you can imagine. To see one of the businesses look up Croze.com.
University degrees in Humanities and education. I have also accumulated a bunch of hours in Nutrition, History, winery technology and operations as well as business.</p>