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Lessons Learned in the Indiana CEO Circle

Every process comes with lessons that we carry with us through the rest of our careers. After a year of hard work and great ideas, the members of our Indiana CEO Circle gave us the lessons that they learned. Always get the money up front. Small business can mean small profits, difficulty establishing yourself, and most worryingly, uncertainty. Until you feel established in your customer/supplier relationships, it is perfectly reasonable to expect payment in full or a 50% deposit. Once your relationship is established, more flexible payment plans can be enforced as is convenient. Until then, don't hesitate to be strict. 
Say yes to "fringe" business. Your best customer or most reliable supplier may not be found where you think. Always stay open to new and unusual markets--you never know who may be interested in what you have to offer. But if the business isn't as profitable, learn to say "no."
Treat a friend like a regular customer. If you are fortunate enoug…
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Pay it Forward 2018

Happy New Year and Welcome 2018!

In the fresh start of the new year, we are beginning our Pay it Forward campaign. As a non-profit, we rely on the generosity of our supporters to keep our services low-priced and accessible to striving small business owners. Our program fosters the growth of both companies and business owners alike, and our Alumna, Susan Weinzierl, shares her success story as the chair of this year's campaign.


As a PowerLink Alumna, I was asked to share my story so you could understand the impact PowerLink had on my business, and why I agreed to chair this campaign.

My husband owned a very successful printing company, and I was a stay-at-home mom. Then the news that no one wants to hear came to us. My husband was diagnosed with a terminal illness.  Besides being devastated, we were at a loss. What do we do with the business? Grace comes in amazing ways…two people told me about PowerLink. I called and was welcomed with supportive and open arms. PowerLink agreed to form…

Powerlink Call for Applications 2018

Powerlink is releasing its 2018 call for applications! We are looking for 50 select businesses to join our 15-month program. If you or someone you know is interested in joining our process, our application deadline for our first quarter cohort is January 19th, 2018. While our process is challenging, our results are tangible and real. On average: PowerLink clients report an increase in gross sales of 87% PowerLink business owners report an increase in employees of 75% PowerLink business owners report a 71% increase in personal compensation. 96% of PowerLink business owners have or would recommend PowerLink.
To join our process, businesses must meet the following criteria: businesses must have been in business for more than one year, have generated at least $100k in revenue, and have at least one employee or contractor besides the owner. Fees are dependent on 2017 revenue and start at $50/month. Financing may be available based on profitability and need. 
If PowerLink selects your busi…
Meet More PowerLink's Executives-In-Residence (EIR)
PowerLink exists to help business owners get to the next level of growth. An important part of that journey involves sitting in a meeting with a group of advisors giving lots of insight and knowledge. It can get overwhelming - that's where the EIR comes in. They are a specialized group of people who understand the building of a business, possess a unique expertise and have the time to give back. EIR's facilitate meetings and work with business owner/s and advisors to keep meetings productive and moving forward. We are proud to present three more EIR's currently working with PowerLink Advisory Boards. 
Anita Brattina, CEO of AllFacilities, Inc., founded and built three multi-million dollar businesses in her 30-year career as an entrepreneur. Her two active investments are: AllFacilities, Inc.: a research, marketing, and database management company that provides access and information about more than 1 million facilities,…
What is so unique about PowerLink Advisory Boards?
Come find out -  Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 3:30pm Courtyard Marriott, 3962 William Penn Hwy,
Monroeville, PA 15146
Click HERE to register.
This event is co-sponsored with our friends at Bridgeway Capital who do great work helping businesses and entrepreneurs build capacity and capability.

Connecting the Dots on PowerLink in the last 24 months:

Today in downtown Pittsburgh the 5 women who were nominated as Athena Finalists will be featured with their credentials and impact on the community. Two of those women, Ilana Diamond (PowerLink’s co-founder) and Mary Richter, shareholder at Schneider Downs -- the firm that PowerLink honored in April for giving more Advisory Board volunteer hours to PowerLink than any other corporation on Pittsburgh -- have PowerLink connections. A huge thank you to these two women and all the finalists for the incredible ways you have helped our community to grow and prosper. When you run an organization, it is sometimes hard to connect the dots until you look backward over your shoulder. So here is my connect-the-dots post for October 2015-2017:
In October of 2015 we left Seton Hill University’s eMagnify program. PowerLink’s governing board decided to revert the license to it’s original, independent 501c3 status so we could serve small and emerg…
Meet Some of PowerLink's Executives-In-Residence (EIR)
PowerLink exists to help business owners get to the next level of growth. An important part of that journey involves sitting in a meeting with a group of advisors giving lots of insight and knowledge. It can get overwhelming - that's where the EIR comes in. They are a specialized group of people who have built a business to at least $1M and have the time to give back, facilitate meetings and work with business owner/s and advisors to keep meetings productive and moving forward. We are proud to present three of our EIR's currently working with PowerLink Advisory Boards.
Wendy Mascio is a serial entrepreneur that started her entrepreneurial journey by co-founding Medical Equipment Source, LLC a multi-million dollar medical equipment company where she now serves as chairman of the board.After experiencing domestic and international success, Wendy went on to co-found VIVO Worldwide Inc. to serve as a strategic partner to Me…