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Our Clients

Read our members' testimonials below or click here to hear and see what members say on our video testimonials page.

 

Linda McCabe- Feminine Forum- Linda McCabe has belonged to PRO SINCELINDA McCABE 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."

 

Jeff 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. HeRobert Weeks 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."

 

Ralph 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 invaluable help."

 

Kati Spaniak- Indico Bellum- As CEO of Indico Bellum, a graphic design firm,Kati Spaniak 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"


 

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