The Importance of Strong Partnerships

In launching the Total Engagement Consulting by Kimer practice, I learned very early on that to maximize success, I needed to have a strong and diverse set of partners to assist in the many aspects of business start up and on-going operations. And these partners could include service providers, business partners, and even successful business people who simply provide encouragement and inspiration.

Therefore in this blog I would like to highlight and thank the following partners and encouragers: (and use the included links to check them out for yourself)

First, during this entire journey, Vickie Bevenour, the executive career coach and herself a successful entrepreneur, who was assigned to me by Right Management to lead me through a structured approach to maximize my success. Also to Kim Mills, an account manager for Right Management, who first recommended I engage Right Management’s services to assist with the business start up.

Jim Manchester of IYI Creative Services who not only designed, built and maintains my website, and set up my newsletter process, but also provides invaluable and creative advice of how to better utilize the web pages for selling and promoting my business.

Lorana Price and Dan Poindexter at Holy Cow Branding, who providing superb strategic branding consulting services and handled my business launch press release.

Former IBM colleague Sharon Hill, who encouraged and inspired me early in the process with her example of founding her own thriving speaking, writing and educational business Sharon Hill She also connected me with Holy Cow Branding.

Important in any venture is excellent banking services, and my Wachovia personal banker Patricia Madden-Renouard provided for all my business banking needs.

Experienced industry consultant Val Boston III of Boston and Associates, who welcomed me into the industry with his sage advice and also brought me in as a partner in a potential consulting engagement.

Pat Baillie, Associate Director of Training, at Out and Equal Workplace Advocates, the country’s leading organization for LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) workplace equality, has been providing excellent training materials so can further enhance my skills.

The partnership between Global Roots and the Kamba Tribe in Kenya included a communal meal.

Any worthwhile venture needs to include a host of competent and successful associates, and the linking and intersecting with other successful professionals can help all us reach our highest potential.