Developing a plan for a new business (or even for an exiting one) can be a messy process. There are many things to consider and often the process of developing the plan involves juggling lots of ideas and pieces of the plan. This template is intended to help an entrepreneur organize all of the many ideas. One way to do it is to write each question on a sheet of paper and then spread the sheets out on the kitchen table. Then as ideas come up or answers are found, write them on the appropriate sheet. After while, as the sheets fill up, you will start seeing the best path for the organization.
Tour Guide for British travel tour operator stationed in North Africa and then in Eastern Europe
Legal Assistant for litigation attorneys and malpractice Boston firms for several years
Sales Assistant for Sales Manager and 24 sales personnel at a global plastics corporation in Leominster, MA for eight years
Owner and operator of a small but fast paced pack, ship and office services center located in Fitchburg/Leominster for eight years
Customer Service Rep for condominium property management firm in Bedford, MA for 4 1/2 years
Accounts Receivable in Finance Department at Simplex, Westminister, MA for 2 years
<ul> <li> St. Joseph's High School, Salem, MA (French)</li> <li> Bay State Jr. College, Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA - one year travel / trade including Spanish</li> <li> Mt. Wachusett Community College, Gardner, MA - Associates in Business with honors, pursuing additional courses</li> </ul> <p> </p>
There are many responsibilities that come with being a small business owner, and everyone is critical to maintaining profitability and promoting growth. You can’t risk letting a deadline slip or overlook an administrative requirement, yet there are only so many hours in the
day to get things done.
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Karen Smith is a Certified Executive Leadership Coach, Certified Six-Sigma Master Black belt project manager and results driven consultant with more than thirteen years of experience in sales, management and training. Her expertise extends into business development in commercial and federal sectors and various segments of the healthcare industry, such as medical sales – pharmaceuticals, specialized biologics, devices, and managed care reimbursement in US and Puerto Rico.
Ms. Smith is a graduate of the Georgia Tech - Global Business Management-MBA program, University of Cincinnati and Villanova University. In addition to her professional responsibilities she has also worked with and served on several non-profit boards. She was recently named Vice President of Operations for Executive 50, Education Committee member– Atlanta Business League, and a member of SHRM (Society for Human Resource Managers) both national and local chapters, as well as having served as a board member of The National Sales Network for more than 10 years, and served as a Career Coach and intake counselor.</p>
25 years with Hewlett-Packard Co. Responsibilities for sales and sales management as a national account manager for hardware, software, services and infrastructure support / outsourcing. Dallas, TX & Tampa FL
2 years with an HP reseller in a startup office in Tampa Florida
2 years with Grainger as a sales manager representing thousands of industrial products as part of a new corporate program in central Florida.
2 years self employed consulting in the IT infrastructure marketplace for a local central Florida business.