Small Business Interventions

There’s nothing “small” about a small business or the “small” services they entail.  The Small Business Administration (SBA) generally defines industry sectors (exclusive of agriculture) as a privately held concern – corporation, partnership, or sole proprietor – employing more than 100 employees, and with greater than 5 million dollars in receipts. This is a far cry from business that most of us call “small,” but most of the guiding principles apply equally to small plants as well as to your own corner newspaper store or lawn-mowing business.

Most small business startups begin as someone’s dream.  They have the mystique of the American entrepreneur, the stuff that made this country great. The potential owner has lost sleep at night, he figures how to juggle the finances; he may already be unemployed or want to jump ship from his current job.  Small businesses can become big headaches or worse, especially when you have fallen in love with the idea of ownership.  Then objectivity goes out the window, you buy anything and everything you think the business needs.  Just like a lover, you have been smitten, hopefully not to the point of a failed marriage, or self-destruction. Are you in Heaven, or Hell?  You haven’t even hung your sign yet!

Enter “Ask Dr Rhonda,” an expert in business startups, and in analyzing the current health of your business plans, employee management problems, and other such germs that lay in wait for the unsuspecting owner.  Just like the larger corporations, “Ask Dr. Rhonda” offers consultations, business coaching, training and mentorship to avoid failure pitfalls and to maximize profits, business viability, and your own sanity.  For most entrepreneurs this venture will be the biggest of their lives.  You don’t have to go through The School of Hard Knocks.  Planning, established business principles, and guided problem solving and mentoring devoid of subjectivity will keep your business in the black.

A sampling of “Ask Dr. Rhonda” programs and educational material are offered for you review.  We customize our programs for your particular industry, size, and business model, so if you don’t see what you want we can modify our products to fit your needs. Now get out there are follow your dreams!

The primary focus areas used to achieve successful small business outcomes generally include:

  • Comprehensive Business Plan
  • Vision – Mission Statement Development
  • Target Marketing
  • Team and Community Building
  • Operational Reviews
  • Operations Analysis
  • Development of Operational and Quality Standards
  • Selection and Retention of Qualified Employees
  • Executive Coaching

A Good Idea Bears repeating…


  • At any point when you are starting a business, ideally right at the starting gate.
  • Before you start your Business Plan.
  • If you have problems with your funding.
  • When your customers complain or numbers of buyers drop off.
  • If you have employee dissatisfaction or turnover.
  • When you are generally uncomfortable with your role in the organization.
  • When you believe the competition is overwhelming your market share.
  • After you name your own problem, ________________.