SBTV.com's, Alex Fees, talks with Will Limkemann at COSE's 2008 Conference in Cleveland, OH about his business, Limkemann
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Small Business Stories - Limkemann Business Advisors
Alex Fees: I’m Alex Fees on Small Business Television we are coming to you from Cleveland Ohio at the cozy 2008 small business summit COSE. The Council of Smaller Enterprises and with me here is Will Limkemann and I may not do just as well.
Will Limkemann: And that is correct Alex.
Alex Fees: Pronounced Limkemann spelled Limkemann. Will got to meet you.
Will Limkemann: I’m delighted to be here Alex.
Alex Fees: I appreciate to be in here. Limkemann Business Advisors what is that?
Will Limkemann: I am a small business adviser who provides what ever help in small business owner needs in whatever regard will be at the financial assistance in terms of Ohio’s set up for finances in terms of employees and in terms of marketing sales and the benefit that I bring to a small businesses as a business advisor is actually, I’m a creditor to international organization called the institute for independent business.
Alex Fees: The institute for independent business.
Will Limkemann: Correct. It’s the largest none profit supporter of small businesses in the world and it’s located in England and what do springs to need that I can bring to my clients is that there 5,000 of this worldwide who are credited by the institute and so I have the access tools specialist in every type of business. I can really bring to a small business or resources as it might be available so the CEO of a major corporation.
Alex Fees: So does this give you an access to international markets or just international expertise or what.
Will Limkemann: It’s a combination of international markets and international expertise. For example I have associates and sign on if I have a client that might need in fine manufacturing facilities in China I could contact my contacts over there, if on the other hand I need some a black belt and six sigma which I don’t have, I could bring that expertise in house as well.
Alex Fees: What about your background? How do does come to be?
Will Limkemann: Well, what I’ve been doing this for the last four years prior to that for many years I started off as an entrepreneur an IT consultant if you will and my second business session was the software business where we had international sales of software that we developed. We run out business for about 20 years and close to that in the late 90’s. I’ve also served as the operations director for two different businesses in the Cleveland area and that a lot of them of experience gives me a lot of capability that I maybe able to share with the business owners that I worked to keep them from making the same mistakes that I made as I have the business.
Alex Fees: And so well did you see an unmet need here what let you to go down this path?
Will Limkemann: I think the need is on especially in today’s economy there are just many, many bases that are in trouble. There are many businesses that we really understand the technology of their business but they don’t understand the business aspects, the marketing, the sales, the employee relations, the banking relationships and all of that is what I mean to the table. You know the normal business manager is expected to worry every half and to lower everything but most business owners don’t have the capability so by bringing my expertise so long with the expertise of the other people that I am affiliated with, I can bring anything that this business needs to make that business improve and meet the owners calls.
Alex Fees: Because I’m guessing often times when the entrepreneur starts a new business as jackals trait master of none.
Will Limkemann: That is exactly right, the things they are masters of usually is their technology we did the technology baking cookies will be the technology descending websites or manufacturing widgets. They know that but they don’t really know the other things that they need to be masters of but they cannot be.
Alex Fees: Well tell me about your involvement with COSE.
Will Limkemann: Well. I’ve been delighted to be involved with COSE for the last several years. I am on the home business and never can advisory council and most recently I’m actually chair of these years small business conference and of course we are in the mix of the conference right now. So these has been in a — I have been very honored to have the position as chair of the small business conferences here so I have been active in COSE a number of years. In my business I had always used COSE as my health care supplier and I’m delighted now to be working with COSE in a number of regards and seeing COSE many business needs today besides as to your needs.
Alex Fees: Well as chair of the small business conference I’m guessing that one thing you’re hearing a lot about this week as the current economy and the Wall Street collapse and the bell out of rescue plan or however you want to refer to it
Will Limkemann: I think one of the exciting things about the conference is that its bringing all these business always together that we are all going to the same thing today in terms of the down size and the economy and the banking collapse there is a lot of concern among business owners but I think by bringing owners together at a conference like this, it is helping blues to be confidence and people that number one on level on and at number two they really is when I have businesses that ask me, should I be worried about the economy and my response if you run your business well, if you’re needing in this market need there are 300 million people in this country buying goods and services so now you don’t need to be worrying and that’s where I think by brining business together here businesses can see other businesses that have success and they have taken imitate.
Alex Fees: Again that’s what and I commend Will, thank you for being here.
Will Limkemann: Thank you Alex my pleasure.
Alex Fees: Again Will is the owner of Limkemann Business Advisor he is also the chair of the COSE small business conference correct sir?
Will Limkemann: That is correct.
Alex Fees: All right you’re watching small business television I’m Alex Fees again we’re in COSE 2008 the Council of Smaller Enterprises, smaller am I dad only by name.