Brock Waterman, Business Consultant
My mindset includes the ability to be both entrepreneurial, which is crucial when searching for a business model in the early stages or expanding later on, and execution focused, which is essential as a business matures. The entrepreneurial and execution mindset is essential to my current role as a Business Consultant for the SBDC of Southwest Wisconsin (Crawford, Grant, Green, Iowa, Lafayette, and Richland counties).
This mindset was also critical for:
* Coordinating the Pioneer Launch Lab at UW-Platteville (3 years)
* Owning a consulting business (16 years)
* Being a teaching team mentor for the Ideadvance Seed Fund grant (2 cohorts)
Entrepreneurship is in my blood. In 1984, my parent's business settled on the unique business model of repairing farm equipment (known as forage boxes or chopper boxes). In 2008, I assumed a leadership role in my parent’s business, as CEO. The business has grown substantially and now has 8 total people involved, 6 full-time.
To supplement my observation and experience I am a voracious reader. In 2014 and 2015, I read 45 books about business and psychology (more if you count other categories). Business is my passion and even in my free time I spend my time watching shows like:
* Shark Tank
* The Profit
* Restaurant Impossible
* Hotel Impossible
* Undercover Boss
* Your Business
If you would like to know more about my background and experience you can view my LinkedIn profile.
Kristi Smith, Business Consultant
Kristi Smith has over 14 years' experience as a business consultant in addition to starting, managing and selling businesses herself. She owns and operates Rainbow Confections and Fudgeraiser in Monroe and also serves on the Board of Directors for Main Street Monroe.
Smith holds a master’s degree in government from New Mexico State University and an undergraduate degree in Latin American studies and political science from the University of Arizona.
“I am eager to help small businesses. Being an entrepreneur can feel lonely at times. I hear many people say. ‘I thought I was the only one who struggled with this problem or question.’ Often, not only have I heard that issue before, I heard it from someone else this week!”
Jason Schleip, Business Consultant
Jason Schleip has over 25 years of experience as an entrepreneur. He was previously the President of Falbo Bros Pizzeria, Inc. He started the business in 1992 in Madison and grew it into a multi-unit, multi-state franchising operation. Schleip holds an undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
“I am excited to work with small business owners in Southwestern Wisconsin,” Schleip said. “Working with franchisees as well as owners of other small businesses over the past 25 years has been great. Now I get the opportunity to use the knowledge and experience I have gained to help others. The SBDC is an outstanding resource.”