Admittedly, There have been days I felt alone, overwhelmed and isolated in my own mess, but it's still a journey I am not willing to give up.- Sara
Small Business Operational Efficiency Leader
Leadership & Team Developer, Adult Educator
Small Business Growth Strategist
Mentor, Trusted Advisor
Certified Business & Executive Coach
Business Skills Trainer
Succession Planning Consultant
Mom, passionate about being outdoors and riding on snow.
I learned it in the trenches as an Entreprenur, Business Strategist, Coach, and former Business Broker.
I'm sharing my personal checklist to get a heartbeat on the business and what it needs. I'm also sharing my tool box and lessons learned, so you don't need to struggle. First step is to start with a clear big picture view (messy as it may be). Then map it out and get strategic about what you want and when.
You've got this!
- Sara, Founder, Strategist and Coach
" I wish I had understood my big picture and how to identify gaps, mitigate risk and ask the right questions, MUCH sooner!" - Sara
As a Coach, Sara is asking the tough (not always popular) questions that move businesses and entrepreneurs forward. As a Strategist, she’s got the big picture and a toolbox to get an action plan started.
Passionate about entrepreneurship. Sara is a certified Business and Executive Coach, Business Consultant, and Trainer with over 30 years' experience maximizing organizational performance through Planning, Leadership, Operational Management and Effective Communication.
As a business broker, Sara learned quickly how to evaluate a business to look at the whole picture; pitfalls and potential. Creating custom solutions to meet the opportunity, her experience has crossed a multitude of industries including, but not limited to; Professional Service Providers (Dental, Legal, Medical), Manufacturing, Telecommunications, Renewable Energy, Retail, Tourism, and Non-Profits, while communicating with all levels of organization; from Boards of Directors, CEOs to front line employees and stakeholders.
An entrepreneur herself, Sara was corporate trainer (Leadership and Sales) in the telecom industry, before she ventured into entrepreneurship in 2005 as an independent Specialty Outdoor Retailer. From a great idea in an open market in a small town, Sara drew on her past experiences to create a culture and service offering that was lacking. Managing a boutique retail store and owning one are completely different experiences. Just like everyone else, Sara learned lessons. In 2008, she was named Young Entrepreneur of the Year and has been recognized for her involvement with the business community as an advocate and mentor. Giving back, Sara is an active volunteer and also sits on a number of Non-Profit and Charity Boards.
After exiting her dream business in 2010, Sara wanted to share what she learned and became a certified Business and Executive Coach. Also taking on an opportunity to work as a business broker (selling businesses) for 4 years- during a recession.
Sara found it heartbreaking to see entrepreneurs reach out for the wrong help; often too late, just because they did not know. Confused and unprepared, just like she was.
Preferring to look at the opportunities, she focused her consulting firm to helping entrepreneurs and non-profits to realize success in growth. She loves to dream big and look at the whole picture to set a plan in motion. She has a true soft spot for the startup dream and commercializing innovation.The Evalu8 Framework is her personal checklist for growth strategies, succession planning, and crisis management.
It's all about the “aha” moments, when it all clicks for the entrepreneur.
Sara’s on a mission to help entrepreneurs roadmap their own businesses, because they need to have all the business into condersation to see the opportunities and what they need to do next.
There is no need to struggle. You are not in this alone.
This is about being set up for success with the ability to make informed decisions and pivot to increase your business value. Reach operational effectiveness and love your business.
Happiest when she is talking business, brainstorming big ideas and pulling together an epic plan – OR - getting an adrenaline fix on the ski slopes, making sure her kids don't get to bottom before her!Connect with Sara on LinkedIn
Thought Leader, Member of Forbes Coaches Council
Founding Partner, Growth10
Board of Directors, Albert County Chamber of Commerce (Board of Trade)
Provincial Advisory Committee NB - Atlantic Chamber of Commerce
Board of Directors, John Howard Society of Southeastern New Brunswick (Charity)
Business Growth Strategist, Innov8 Consulting, founder, since 2010
Succession Planning Consultant, CBI Business Transitions, since 2011
(Associate Business Broker 2011-2015)
Associate, LearnSphere Canada
Mentor, Furturpreneur,since 2015
Mentor, The Forum, since 2021
Mentor, Invest Atlantic, 2022