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Francie Ward Francie Ward
CEO of Idea Cafe
Welcome to Idea Cafe's Coffee Talk with Experts. Here our experts aren't just talking heads; they own their own businesses, so they know what you're going through. Just like you, Idea Cafe experts have to wrestle with their own marketing strategies, cash flow gaps, and impossible clients. So for straight, street-smart answers you can act on, stick with Idea Cafe. more

Peter C. Soh
Owner of
Peter is a savvy certified public accountant dedicated to helping startups. He is a small business advisor for the U.S. Small Business Administration and teaches "How to Start Your Business" seminars. more

Laura WiegertLaura Wiegert
Owner of Creative Consultants
Laura is a marketing production expert helping businesses stretch their dollars with effective advertising, marketing, and public relations. She also has a flair for writing, design, and desktop publishing. more

Terri Levine
Owner of Comprehensive Coaching U, Inc.
Fed up with her high-paying, corporate job, Terri took control of her life and became a biz coach (and published author). She loves helping others to "work happy" in her new biz. more

Donna Hall Donna Hall, President of The Right Answer
Donna has been making customers happy and satisfied for more than 15 years. She learned to be a customer service whiz in the medical and newspaper industries. more

Kent CapenerKent Capener,
Late Owner of Capener Consulting
Kent was an expert on marketing; advertising; print, radio, and TV production; biz plan writing; trade show services; and direct response television. He relished helping start-ups grow. more

Lillyvette Montalvo Lillyvette Montalvo
Lillyvette is a Certified Diversified Cash Flow Specialist who used her years of public relations, marketing, and financial experience to create Star Capital, Inc. which helped biz owners get the dollars they need to make their businesses grow and succeed. more

Jeffrey D. Pollack
Partner in Mintz & Gold LLP
Jeff practices litigation and labor law. His practice includes: Labor and Employment Counseling, Labor Relations, and Litigation. Jeff frequently writes and lectures on topics related to labor and employment law. more

Peter Hupalo
Owner of HCM Publishing, Inc.
Peter investigates the latest computer programming technologies and researches companies for investment. He also writes a column about entrepreneurship and small business for and reviews biz books. Peter wrote Thinking Like An Entrepreneur, about how to make savvy business decisions and take real control of your financial destiny. more

Dawn Rivers Baker
Guest News Analyst
WPI Editor-In-Chief Dawn Rivers Baker has distinguished herself as the only national journalist exclusively covering news that affects the nation's more than 20 million small businesses. more

Mark Bower Mark Bower
Owner of Aberdeen Home Repair
Mark is also a lecturer and consultant. He spends hours a week reading and learning about his industry and about running a business. He strives to be the best, to always be on top of his game. more

Cheryl Demas
Founder and Editor of
Cheryl's career included 11 years working at Honeywell and CableData and a degree in mathematics and computer science. From her home in Folsom, CA, Cheryl has built a web site that draws more than 2 million hits per month and, with advertiser support, makes money. In 2000, her book, The Work-at-Home Mom's Guide to Home Business, was published. more

Christian Nielsen
Owner of Nielsen Technical Services.

A self-taught entrepreneur and computer guru, Christian has earned his small business success through hard work and determination. Christian founded Nielsen Technical Services more than a dozen years ago and has evolved it into a specialized service: search engine optimization and submissions. more



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