Success Stories

David Galiel

David Galiel of Elbow Fish LLC

which is company that develops and publishes board games learned from the program about the “Waterbug” model, where a solo entrepreneur at the center collaborates with other independent creatives, Galiel says this model supports their goal of supporting the local creative economy.

We have already worked with three visual artists/illustrators, two game designers, two videographers, a writer, several actors, composers, an attorney, a bookkeeper and even some goats! (Portland’s pigmy goat herd were featured in the Kickstarter video for JUX, our collaborative storytelling game).

Suzanne Van Slyke

Suzanne Van Slyke 

took Encore and Solo Business Builder, starting in mid-Jan., 2018. 

What I learned was that having your own business after retirement is exciting, creative and stimulating. Your goals and objectives should be very defined.  Develop a very short few sentences that define what is unique about what you do.

Keri Nelson and Jill Corona of Corona Consulting LLC

Keri Nelson and Jill Corona of Corona Consulting LLC

say they learned these lessons from Encore/Solo Business Builders:

  • Don’t take on a client that isn’t a good fit.
  • Focus on what you are good at, then outsource the rest.
  • Stay focused on the positives.
  • Taking this class (Encore/Solo Business Builders) was the next best step possible in our business—it really helped us focus on our messaging (our unique value proposition) and marketing.