Who Are We?
The Small Business Success project is the result of collaborative efforts of 4 professionals located in the Raleigh/Durham area who currently serve the small business market. Each has a different primary focus area: setting goals and execution, marketing, mind set and success, and organization. Our mission is to become the go-to resource for small to mid-size businesses looking for advice, guidance, and counsel for starting and growing a business.
While we are beginning this effort in the Raleigh area, our plans are to roll this out in other major areas of NC and then into other states.
Marie Snider – Business Facilitator
Marie’s focus at the Small Business Success Project is Customer Communications. She helps business owners and independent professionals develop their communication strategies for all of their “tribes” – customers, prospects and referral partners. She leads the Newsletter Management program and works with individuals to improve presentation (from 30 second “elevator” pitches to 10 minute (and longer) presentations. She is also the event planner and manager for a major SBSP production scheduled for the fall of 2014.
Marie was born in Ohio and attended private Catholic schools from kindergarten through college. At Ursuline College, she completed a double major in English and Theatre and a minor in Secondary Education. (That included a bucket of credit hours!!) She dared to study theatre at Case Western Reserve University where she earned her M.A. in theatre. She is fond of saying that a master’s degree in theatre and $3.00 will get you a regular cup of coffee almost anywhere.
Marie taught English, speech, and theatre in private schools in Ohio for ten years. Then, she became a property manager. Consider the problem of snow removal for five apartment complexes and three strip shopping centers in Cleveland! It is no surprise that she moved to North Carolina to enjoy the Carolina blue sky and Southern charm.
She then taught English and Theatre at Orange High School in Hillsborough for many years. After retiring from the world of public school, Marie became the Production Manager at SA Brown Marketing Strategy. She enjoyed the fast-paced world of tradeshow and event planning and is a member of Meeting Planners International. For fun, Marie sings. She is a member of the Durham Savoyards, sings in her church choir, and in the shower. Recently, she joined Earl Hadden’s team in The Small Business Success Project. She is “jazzed” about helping small business owners prosper.
The Leadership Team
Productivity Expert & Professional Organizer
In 2007, Elisabeth Galperin founded Turn Leaf Organizing, LLC, with the vision of helping professionals and homeowners in their quest to create more time and more space in the busy lives they lead. As a productivity expert and professional organizer, Elisabeth assists her clients in gaining control over clutter & strengthening organizing and time management skills. Elisabeth is a member of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) and has received extensive training from the Institute for Challenging Disorganization. Her services include productivity consulting, paper & digital organization, office & residential organizing, and individual consulting/coaching for adults and children with general organizing difficulties, attention deficits and learning disabilities. Her priority as a professional organizer is to educate and assist her clients in achieving long-term, positive changes in their lives and environments.
Certified Coach and Speaker
Megan is a Certified Professional Success Coach and the creator of Batteries ReCharged: 7 Steps to ReCharge your Business and Life designed to help purpose-driven entrepreneurs align their life, work, message, relationships, thoughts, actions and decisions with what they believe in and what’s most important to them. Megan’s focus when working with clients is on helping them to develop an unshakeable vision, map out a strategy and action plan that works and move into massive action ultimately setting the entrepreneur up for continuous success. Upon partnering with Megan in a professional relationship, you can expect to experience fresh perspectives on personal challenges and opportunities, enhanced thinking and decision making skills, enhanced interpersonal effectiveness, and increased confidence in carrying out your chosen work and life roles.
Business Improvement Consultant
Earl Hadden is an internationally recognized expert in business improvement, business intelligence, data warehousing and information quality. According to The Data Warehouse Network, organizations that have used Hadden’s methodologies have identified $4 Billion in business benefits. He has worked with hundreds of companies and government organizations in over two dozen countries.
He established The Small Business Success Project to apply those methods and techniques to solopreneurs, independent professionals and small businesses. Earl is a graduate of the University of North Carolina. He and his wife reside in a small town outside Chapel Hill.
Marketing Strategist, Author, and Speaker
Diana Needham is the president of Needham Business Consulting, a consulting firm dedicated to helping clients grows their businesses, explore and manage marketing opportunities, and increase profits. She is on a mission to educate and empower entrepreneurs to grow their businesses faster now!
Her unique approach has enabled her to help both entrepreneurs and authors define and implement effective marketing strategies, move past obstacles and fears, and achieve goals they didn’t think possible. Diana is a speaker, author, and marketing strategist who believes in mapping out the “fastest path to cash” for her clients. She speaks frequently about smart business strategies at seminars and conferences and is a recognized expert on leveraging LinkedIn to grow your business.