Train-the-trainer workshops – fresh vocabulary and tools for regional startup coaches
The primary targets for Jim’s workshops are people who interact in a coaching or mentorship mode with prospective entrepreneurs. In two to three hours, Jim presents the Fun & Profit toolkit as if he were in front of actual startup candidates, demonstrating to the professional coaches how they might use the framework and terminology in their own work.
A typical audience might include economic development staff, workforce development staff, SBDC staff, and Chamber of Commerce leadership from a town, county, or planning district.
Jim cheerfully provides his slide deck to attendees who specifically request it. Professionals are free to use it themselves, to offer regular workshops for their regional audiences.
And a personal copy of the book is a leave-behind permanent resource for the people being coached.
Governmental, professional, and civic organizations qualify for bulk pricing for multiple copies of the book for local pro bono distribution, or as giveaways at their own local workshops.
To plan and schedule a workshop in your area, email
Jim is a veteran of over four decades of service as a senior executive and consultant to startups, most recently as architect and Executive Director of the VT KnowledgeWorks entrepreneurship support program at the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center in Blacksburg, Virginia.
Under Jim’s leadership, VT KnowledgeWorks established itself as Virginia’s institutional leader in programs to support entrepreneurship as a driver of economic development.
Jim has served on the boards of the Virginia Community Economic Network, the Roanoke- Blacksburg Technology Council, and of the Virginia Business Incubation Association, including three years as its President. Jim was honored as the Virginia TradePort Innovator of the Year in 2012, and the Roanoke Chamber of Commerce Small Business Advocate of the year in 2015. He received his BA from Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT and his MBA from the William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Rochester, in Rochester NY.
Occasional Interesting Tidbits
From time to time, Jim passes along fresh ideas and related information.