Solo Business Stories: How a patient changed Dave Ebough’s practice, and Better, Smarter, Richer improved it

Solo Business Stories: Dave Ebaugh’s Transformation into the Next Level in His Counseling Business Dave Ebaugh is a mental health therapist who has been in private practice for over 15 years. Dave established Break Free Counseling in 2011 and practices in both a Northwest and Southeast Portland location where he is the sole therapist. He Read More …

Solo Business Stories: Anita Havemann wanted to do financial consulting for years. When the time was right, she worked with Jackie.

How Anita Havemann’s financial consulting business launched. Name of Business:  Lean Advantage, LLC. How many years in business?  Just had my 1-year anniversary. What does the business do? Help finance teams with Business Process Improvement using lean concepts and provides interim Controller services. What led you to do this business?  “I’ve wanted to do consulting for Read More …

Solo Business Stories: Quoin Design was trying to find its footing. Then they worked with Jackie and made discoveries.

Quoin Design was trying to figure out what its brand was.  Jackie helped narrow that down. Name of Business: Quoin Design, owned by Joshua and Qiana Rickabaugh Rich.  Name meaning: “It is an architecture term for corner,” according to Joshua.  “It is also hard ware that holds letters in place in typesetting.  And, it is close Read More …

Solo Business Stories: Why David Kavanaugh’s vision is important for musicians

David Kavanaugh saw a need in the music community.  He found an innovative way to do this with the Musicians’ Club of Oregon. Name of Business: Musicians’ Club of Oregon The Path that Led to the Business Formation: Where could musicians go to meet other musicians?  Where could they practice in a dress rehearsalp-like setting?  If Read More …

Solo Business Story: Patty Bennett’s Thriving at Home aging in place business is thriving

Thriving at Home LLC fulfills service gaps needed by older adults.  And Patty Bennett credits Jackie B. Peterson’s Unique Value Proposition technique with strengthening her business message. The path that led Patty to establish Thriving at Home LLC: “In 2005, when my children were in school all day, I decided to head out and get Read More …

Encore Entrepreneur Stories: Janet Farr’s book Boomers on the Loose is a guide book for active retirees

Janet Farr was looking for something to do in her retirement. Combining her career as a writer with her love of education to create a guide for active seniors. A career writer, Janet Farr wanted to continue writing after she retired. “I wanted to use my background as a writer to help people learn things,” Read More …

How a layoff and being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis results in Chris Pero founding perodesign art & framing.

Chris Pero has been an artist and framing art since childhood, and started framing professionally when she was in college. Solo Business Stories: Chris Pero Design art installations transform corporate settings October 28, 2017 Chris Pero of Pero Designs at her art installation at Daimler Trucks. Business name and what it does:  Chris Pero Design Read More …

Encore Entrepreneur Stories: Roland Zapata bounces back with home inspection solo business after lay off

After 17 years in the corporate world, Roland Zapata was laid off.  Eventually, He explored a solo career doing home inspections and soon his company, Ideal Home Inspections LLC launched.  Roland wonders why he didn’t do this sooner. What the business does:  Ideal Home Inspections LLC offer home buyers an in-depth inspection of their future home.  Read More …

Encore Entrepreneurs Stories: James Pedersen’s response to retirement crisis with his small firm Investra

James (Jim) Pedersen decided to take action with the retirement crisis when he experienced life changing events.  The result of that action was Investra when he was 37. What the business does: Jim helps people with retirement.  Most people will not have enough money by the time they would generally be ready to retire.  “My Read More …

Solo Business Success: Sherri Curley is the Practical Sort providing Eco-Organizing Solutions

Eco-Organizing Solutions Sherri Curley started The Practical Sort, a small Eco-organizing business putting her coordination skills to work. Origin Story: Sherri Curley does not call herself an “empty nester,” she prefers “free bird,” shedding the negative and hollow connotations of her children leaving the nest.  She asked herself, “what does that look like?”  Jackie’s Better, Read More …