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McCabe- Feminine Forum-
Linda McCabe has belonged to PRO SINCE 1996. She liked the idea
of an advisory board for small businesses so much; she started
her own, Feminine Forum. Feminine Forum is an advisory group
specifically aimed at women in business. She is still a member
of PRO, and feels the advice of other members has been
invaluable in running her own business. Linda's expertise is in
the area of sales, so when she ran into some problems with her
outside computer consultant, she turned to PRO. "They gave me
the push I needed to hire someone who was more specific to my
industry. I also believe the group gives me credibility within
my industry, and a way to share my own knowledge. I have been
able to help others in areas of my expertise, like sales."
Adesko- Thunder Press- A member of PRO with several dozen
monthly meetings under his belt, Jeff says each meeting helps
him define, verbalize, and follow-through with his goals in
business. He often writes down questions as situations come up,
so he can remember to bring them up at the monthly PRO meeting.
He values the contacts he has made through recommendations from
members. "I feel accountable for the things we have set out to
do in this group. Even my employees realize the value of PRO.
They ask me to ask questions about business situations to
present at meetings as well. When I took over the business in
1994, things were really in a turn-around situation. I had some
tax issues, and recommendations PRO made really helped. I think
my expertise in dealing with scenarios that occur in small
companies has helped others."
Robert Weeks- Weeks Publishing Co.- Bob Weeks joined PRO in
1999. He likes the interchange between people in companies who
are very similar to his own in size. The outsider's view is
invaluable. "We are all at different stages of growth, and we
can discuss sensitive subjects impartially and with total
onfidentiality. I find it very stimulating. When you run a small
business, you are kind of a lone ranger. CEO's of small
companies don't get the benefit of their own advisory board, nor
have the ability to hire an outside contractor to come in and
give a neutral appraisal. It helps to be able to share with and
learn from other business owners in the same situations."
Samuel- MLP Seating- Ralph Samuel joined PRO in November of
1999. He likes the chance to share ideas and problems with
individuals that can identify. Dealing with company personnel
was an issue he felt PRO members were able to help him sort out.
"This is a setting where I don't feel competitive. Conversations
go on. I get feedback from members fairly quickly, and I also
feel accountable for meeting goals we have discussed before the
next meeting. Running a small company is like flying solo.
You've got the accountant who sees his little slice of the
business and the attorney who sees his. Very seldom do you have
someone to lean on who can see the problem from a whole business
perspective. This is where members of PRO have been of
Spaniak- Indico Bellum- As CEO of Indico Bellum, a graphic
design firm, Spaniak was involved in another advisory group,
which she quit after two sessions. She feels that PRO members
are more experienced and that Ray does a better job of
facilitating the conversations to keep them moving in productive
ways. "I like having the knowledge in the room advising me on a
purely objective basis. I have talked to members of PRO about
everything from personal situations to goal setting and job
direction. I like honing in on specifics as well as discussing
topics of broad general interest"
Bizar- Bizar Entertainment- Jeff Bizar has been a member of
PRO for one year. His nine-year-old company specializes in
providing entertainment for events using disc jockeys, dancers,
lighting displays and speakers. He looks at PRO as an informal
board of directors for his business. "The number one problem
with an entrepreneurial business is finding knowledgeable and
impartial people who can help you solve problems as they come
up. PRO provides a pool of experienced and impartial business
owners who can make recommendations on common business problems.
Handling company growth, obtaining capital, and dealing with
personnel and production problems are a few of the issues PRO
can help with."
Wolfson- Resource Technology- Resource Technology is a
staffing support and human resource firm. Ross Wolfson has been
a member of PRO for about a year. He has two corporate partners
and an outside consultant. His partner was involved in another
advisory group for five years and Ross frankly did not see any
benefit in it. Ray talked him into attending a meeting of PRO
and he was hooked. Because of his experience in the field, Ross
has made suggestions to other members in the areas of staffing,
employee relations, and labor law. Although he's not there to
network, Ross has made some valuable connections. "It's a
two-way street. I like going to meetings to discuss confidential
corporate problems that I can't discuss anywhere else. It's a
no-holds-barred kind of setting. I've said, 'Are you crazy?'
when I hear an idea that is off the deep end. The fact that
everything stays in the room is also important to me. Getting to
know others in my business community and entering into some
joint ventures and business relationships has been another added
benefit of belonging to PRO."
Forst- Complete Temperature Systems- "I joined PRO basically
to have a sounding board to bounce problems off of other
managers and business people. With PRO, I don't have to reinvent
the wheel every time a new problem is facing me. This has saved
me both time and money to utilize on other projects."
Friedman- Winward Builders- "At PRO meetings, we're able to
talk through specific problems, concerns and strategies and work
though them asa group. We work toward the benefit of helping one
another in a non-competitive arena."
Rustin Ross- Alan
Ross Machinery Corporation- "I leave a PRO meeting
feeling pumped and ready to run my business. It takes that
feeling of burn-out, right out."
Eileen Ozga- Hydroponics Piping- "At PRO meetings, I've
learned from everyone else's experiences. You get a different
outlook on situations and clear up misconceptions."
Zubow- Wild Game, Inc.- "I'm an entrepreneur. I began
without any knowledge whatsoever of the technicalities of
running a business. Through PRO, I've grown as a businessperson.
I would never hesitate to recommend the PRO to other business
Capraro- Cimco Communications-
"PRO is a forum to deal with other
company presidents, to discuss situations in a confidential
manner and to look for other viewpoints."
Fohrman- Milmour Products- "The variety of solutions to any
given problem presented at a PRO meeting is fascinating. It
gives you a wide view upon which to base decisions."
William H. Foster- Town & Country Industries- "With PRO, I
have the ability to bounce ideas off members and gain insight
Yanahan- USA Chicago- "At PRO meetings, the ability to meet
with top quality executives is phenomenal! It is one of the best
professional management groups with which I have been
Daniels- Audits International- "At my first PRO meeting, the
initial question I asked and the responses I received paid for
the entire year as far as I was concerned. The advice I received
saved me more money in legal fees and consulting fees than you
can imagine. I guess you could say that the best thing about PRO
is its great resources."
Carnow- Vanity City- "As a former partner in a law firm, I
always had my partners to bounce ideas around with and to
discuss problems. In my current business, I have no one I can
really talk to. PRO provides me with the opportunity to get
advice from my peers, people who are also facing decisions every
day, just like me."