Small Business Growth Specialist
Certified Business Coach
Serial entrepreneur, Business Consultant, Professional Coach and Business Skills Trainer with over 20 years' experience maximizing organizational performance through Planning, Leadership, Operational Management and Effective Communication.
With a strong corporate sales and training background, Sara ventured into entrepreneurship in 2005 as an independent Specialty Retailer. From a great idea in an open market, Sara drew on her past experiences to create a culture and service offering that was lacking in the marketplace. Sara developed a brand, marketing strategy, organized special events, participated in trade shows and built industry and non-profit partnerships to co-promote and assist in the education of consumers. With an emphasis on teamwork and a commitment to a positive culture within the business, Sara saw her dream come true. In 2008, Sara was named Young Entrepreneur of the Year and was recognized for her dedication to the business and community involvement with a New Brunswick Merit Award.
After exiting her business in 2010, Sara lived first hand the stress and confusion of breaking down her dreams. There is support to get into and grow your business, but Sara found limited resources or support on exiting. A new market need appeared and Sara married her coaching and training background with her love for entrepreneurship and a real estate license to become a Business Coach and worked as a Business Broker/ Succession Planning Consultant to help other entrepreneurs navigate business strategically.
Believing in the entrepreneurial spirit and the opportunity to realize success through all stages of the business lifecycle, Sara has a solid understanding of the challenges businesses face.
BUT Rarely, does anyone call a business broker when things are going well and everything is rosy.
Having struggled in her own exit to get help through the process, Sara grew to hate being a business broker. Leaving entrepreneurs homes in tears on more than occasion, there were expectations and needs that could not be met. And everyone's business is worth x million dollars. The stories are raw and real. Sara shifted focus to see opportunities and scale, building businesses up rather than tear them apart.
Ideally, you need to start the succession process 3-5 years ahead of an an exit, but life and entrepreneurship are wild cards. So really, you should start as soon as you get into business!
And it's this exact process Sara has used to evaluate and strategically plan with her clients that she shares to help shed some direction on what is going well, what needs some work and what opportunities you have to be a better entrepreneur, with your own customized review, opportunities plan and tracking.
There is NO Magic pill or pixie dust that will fix your business issues. But you can learn how to tackle it a new way.
Sara works closely with clients to inventory where they are today, roadmap their businesses and make informed decisions to increase their business value and reach operational effectiveness. And it's not always comfortable.
Sara is a Strategic Growth Specialist, Certified Business Coach , Certified Executive Coach, Pragmatic Management Certified - (PMC-I) Product Management, Google Ad Words Certified, and is Trusted Advisor certified.
A voice for the business, adept at creating a vision for the future that’s ambitious but grounded in the possible.
Sara has a passion for building inclusive and diverse teams that deliver results. A proven leader with the ability to place the success of the company and product ahead of any particular idea (including her own), and she has a passion for helping other entrepreneurs do the same.
A participant with the Women in Business; as founder, former Board Chair and Event Coordinator for the Women in Business Without Borders Network, Sara has served as a Chair and Director on a number of Non-Profit and Advisory Boards including registered Charities and Community Economic Development Organizations. She is a mentor with Futurpreneur, Advisor with Advisory Cloud and a Mastermind Practice Leader with Growth10.
All this and a single mom to two teenagers, in her free time you'll find her on the ski slopes, a trail walk or planning the next adventure.
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