According to a 2013 survey done by a California university school of business on small and mid-sized business (SMB) owners, the economic outlook remains cloudy. Globally, the SMB population accounts for the majority of private sector business. For example, 99.8 percent in the EU private sector are micro, small, and mid-sized businesses. In the US, micro and SMBs comprise 94.6 percent. This means that many project managers probably belong to SMBs and/or their clients are mostly SMBs. One person who knows a lot about SMBs and how to help them grow is Barry Moltz.
Introducing Barry Moltz
Barry Moltz is an expert small business consultant, speaker, author and blogger. He attended Brandeis University and Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management with an MBA in Finance and Marketing. He has a long professional career which included being a Marketing Manager at IBM to being CEO of SciTech, a software distribution firm. He has started and run several small businesses, and successfully sold some. Since January 2000, he in the Shafran-Moltz Group based in Chicago, Illinois has been helping small businesses start growing again in spite of prevailing economic conditions.
Small Business Consultant
The consulting services that Barry Moltz offer is applicable across industries. His own experience in starting, running, selling, and closing businesses allows him to help others grow, change, recover, scale down, or close shop. His knowledge of every business phase and cycle also enables him to mediate for and resolve issues between partners. As a registered business broker, he can also assist in the selling and buying of businesses. Clients include family businesses to divisions of major corporations.
He offers his Unstuck Training Series for small businesses, which is composed of six modules. Every module contains guided Powerpoint presentations, video recordings of him presenting the materials, and downloadable lesson notes and homework assignments. He made it very easy to absorb the materials for the participants. In turn, they can easily develop a clear plan of action to move forward and get unstuck from six major areas where businesses usually have problems.
Barry Molts is a popular keynote speaker that can discuss several topics in an enjoyable way to help entrepreneurs get unstuck and instead thrive. For instance, in his Getting Your Small Business Unstuck workshop, he helps people understand that for their business to grow, it requires different actions as the market changes. They cannot do the same things over and over again and yet expect different results. Other speaking topics include Escaping the Double Helix Trap, 7 Strategies to Get Unstuck, How Your Business Can Thrive in This Recession – Bounce, and BAM! Delivering Customer Service in a Social Media World.
Author and Blogger
Barry Moltz has written four books. Small Town Rules: How Big Brands and Small Businesses Can Prosper in a Connected Economy (April 2012) was written with Becky McCray. It shares about the approach and techniques that the best small-town and rural entrepreneurs have successfully applied and are now invaluable in today’s global small town. Readers will be able to know how they are being applied by many companies including the big brands. The other books are B-A-M! Bust A Myth: Delivering Customer Service in a Social Media World, Bounce! Failure, Resiliency and the Confidence for Your Next Success, and You Need to Be A Little Crazy: The Truth About Starting and Growing Your Business.
He also has a blog, a YouTube channel, and a radio show. He also has blog entries in the Huffington Post and writes at Open Forum and Small Business Trends. He is present in social media sites such as Google+, LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter.
Moving Business to the Next Level
Most businesses get stuck from time to time. Here is where project management can help, because it is an instrument of change. Whether it is being used to bring about change in one’s business or for a client, it is important to make that movement effectively and smoothly. Learning how to get permanently unstuck from a business point of view is a great advantage for project professionals. And learning from Barry Moltz is probably the best way.