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Small Business Breakthroughs - How To Set Your Business To Grow and Scale, with Rick Slark

Thu 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Topic: Management/Leadership

A podcast style Q&A designed to dig into the topics that are impacting your business and keeping you up at night.

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This session of “Small Business Breakthroughs” welcomes Rick Slark, business advisor/management consultant and founder of the Slark Consulting Group. Businesses don't grow on their own; they require attention and work to reach their full potential, especially if the goal is for the business to scale. In this session Rick will discuss what it takes to position a business to scale and become a multi-million dollar venture.


  • What is the difference between a business owner and an entrepreneur?
  • What does it mean to "Mine The Market"?
  • What does it mean to find a "Profitable and Sustainable Market" and how does that impact the ability of a business to scale?
  • How does a visionary founder position their business for long-term success?
  • What should the business owner be doing in the early phases of building their business if they want their business to evenutually scale?
  • Additional reading will aid a business founder in transitioning to a scalable business?
  • And, of course, we will answer your questions.

FEATURED GUEST: Rick Slark, Slark Consulting Group

Rick Slark

Rick Slark, the founder, and owner of Slark Consulting Group, is a seasoned professional speaker, and a passionate advocate for business and non-profit organizations. With over 35 years of experience in the field, Rick has dedicated his career to helping organizations reach their full potential by implementing effective strategies and processes.

Rick's approach to consulting is informed by his deep commitment to education and his lifelong dedication to learning about organizational structure, strategy, and process. As a result, he brings a unique perspective to his coaching and speaking engagements, inspiring and empowering his audiences to unlock their full potential and achieve their goals. Through his dynamic speaking engagements, one-on-one coaching sessions, and comprehensive consulting services, Rick is committed to providing his clients with the tools they need to succeed in today's rapidly changing business environment. If you want to take your organization from good to great, Rick Slark and the Slark Consulting Group are here to help.

MODERATOR: Michael Bowers, CBA, Director, Ohio SBDC at Columbus State

Mike Bowers

Michael Bowers is a business consultant and Director of the Ohio Small Business Development Center at Columbus State. Michael works closely with entrepreneurs and business owners assisting them in building their companies. He has a diverse business skill set with experience in banking, private equity, strategic planning, digital media and marketing.

Each edition of “Small Business Breakthroughs” will feature a timely discussion on trends, economic environment impacts in business, or business management tips and advice and more. For additional events in this series, visit our calendar of events.

Fee: No Cost

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