The concept for Small Business Insight was born out of a group of small business owners in the Hampton Roads area who experience a common need. Having searched for a publication to discuss the countless issues of importance to someone developing a growing company, we finally decided to take the entrepreneurial approach and start our own publication to fulfill that need. We hope Small Business Insight of the Triangle will give area business owners a way to better communicate with each other as well as a forum to learn, develop relationships and share both the difficulties and joys of growing a business. We offer a variety of articles on small business issues as well as profiles of successful local companies. We also wanted to build a community of small business people by offering a variety of networking experiences by which we can all learn from each other.
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Todd Bailey is an Independent Financial Planner and owner of KRB Financial , specializing in consulting with small business owners to assist in personal financial planning. Having been a former business owner with employees and a Marketing Consultant to small business owners, Todd has a particular set of skills that cater to the unique needs of owners. Having worked with hundreds of business owners across the Triangle, he has developed a process that is personal and helpful to small business owners in preparing for their financial future. Todd’s perspective comes from having “been there, done that” in regard to business ownership. Prior to small business ownership and consulting, Todd was also business development director for several non-profit organizations during the first 17 years of his career.
Karen Boone is a native of Virginia Beach, Virginia. Raleigh, NC has been her 2nd home for the past 16 years. She is a graduate of Norfolk State University (Norfolk, VA), where she obtained a B.S. Degree in Mass Communications.
Shortly after college, Karen embarked upon a brief career in radio and TV broadcasting. Then she made a career change and accepted a position with State Farm Insurance Company . With this career change, Karen developed a new passion by helping people ” manage the risks of everyday life, recover from the unexpected and realize their dreams”. Her career with State Farm has spanned 25 years, and Karen has worked in several different capacities: Auto Claim Representative; Litigation/Mediation Claim Handler; Agency Field Leadership and an owner of her own State Farm Agency for the past 5 years. Karen has found her voice running her own small business and experiencing true entrepreneurialism. When she meets with clients and discusses what’s important to them, and lets them know how she and State Farm can assist them in their endeavors, Karen experiences an “all – time high” in the world of Insurance and Financial Services. She is committed to her clients and enjoys passing on knowledge and building a relationships with them.
Karen has been married to Vincent for the past 26 years, and they have 3 wonderful children: Vincent, Jr. 22; Tyler 18; and Kassidy 13. The family has 2 dogs: a Pomeranian named Mario and a Maltese named Lola. In her downtime, Karen enjoys spending quality time with her family, traveling, reading, cooking gourmet meals and working out.
Bill Davis is a business coach and owner of Team Nimbus of North Carolina, a small business advisory firm specializing in coaching and training small business owners and sales professionals to grow their businesses to provide them with the resources and time to live the lives they want. In the last few years he has worked with over 600 small business owners and sales professionals, assisting them mastering the client acquisition process in their businesses. He is also Publisher of Small Business Insight of the Triangle.
Don Emmett is Managing Director of Entrust Associates, a Raleigh-based firm that specializes in business transactions. Don has more than 30 years of experience in small businesses and related entrepreneurial activities, having served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing and a principal for a $20 million group of electronic component distribution companies. Since selling his interests in the electronics industry, Don has invested in, helped manage and successfully sold many businesses, crediting some of his business success to “putting himself in the other guy’s shoes.” This credo has enabled him to see sellers from a buyer’s point of view and conversely buyers from seller’s viewpoint.