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The Small Business Coach Cuts Complexity, One Case at a Time

Published on 12 May in SAP

Join us on The Small Business Coach, a new advice column from SAP, as we take a look at how to solve issues affecting small business owners and entrepreneurs. Save time, money, and headache with The Small Business Coach. This special series runs until August 11 on the SAP News Center.

Over the next 12 weeks, we’ll talk about how entrepreneurs and small business owners can evaluate situations and act in the best interest of their companies. Topics will include: What to do when your employee becomes a competitor? When should you consider outsourcing? What are the real costs for a small enterprise to do business in the cloud? What happens when two co-founders have an equal stake, but mismatched ambitions for growth? How do you attract the best talent to work at your business?

The coaches – experienced in small business

Each week, we’ll have a different expert taking a turn in the coach’s chair. Experts contributing to the series include:

Morgan Browne

Morgan Browne_SBCMorgan Browne is the Chief Executive at the IIS Group – one of Europe’s leading SAP Business One partners. The IIS Group provides business management software, services and support to small and medium-sized enterprises across the globe. Since 2008, Morgan has led the company to become one of the most innovative SAP Gold Partners. Through the B1 Apps range – a series of SAP Business One modules – Morgan has overseen the development and delivery of number of add-ons and plug-ins that drive efficiencies for small businesses in the manufacturing, distribution, professional services and retail industries and improve business intelligence. Today, Morgan is responsible for the end-to-end management of development, sales, service and support activities. He continues to take a hands-on approach to play a key role in the continued development of strategic relationships, ensuring flexibility and excellence in response to an increasingly demanding marketplace, with the ultimate goal of helping small businesses run simper and better. Follow Morgan: @morgankbrowne.

Barry Lederman

Barrry Lederman_SBC1 Barry Lederman is a Senior Business Analyst, Vice President, at Softengine. Barry has over 30 years’ experience in managing software companies. Prior to joining Softengine as Vice President of Business Development, Barry served as Vice President of Marketing for AppFinity Software, a SAP Business One software developer.  He also held senior management positions as Vice President of Marketing and as a General Manager with CaminoSoft Corporation, a storage management software company. Follow Barry @whatyouis.

Carrie Maslen

Carrie Maslen_SBCCarrie Maslen is Global Vice President of Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) at SAP. She joined SAP’s North America partner team in 2010, and subsequently moved to a global role responsible for developing partners. Her current responsibility is to ensure that SMEs can compete and grow by taking advantage of SAP solutions. Prior to SAP, Carrie spent over 20 years at Hewlett Packard and five years consulting independently. She was an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland’s School of Business and a guest lecturer at the University of Chicago’s Business School. Carrie has been recognized as one of the ‘100 Most Powerful Women of the Channel’ in 2011, 2013, and 2014, as one of the ‘100 People You Don’t Know but Should’ in 2011, and as one of the ‘Women of the Channel’  in 2014. Follow Carrie @carriemaslen.

Susan Wilson Solovic

Susan Solovic_SBCSusan Wilson Solovic, “THE Small Business Expert”, is an award-winning serial entrepreneur, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Amazon.com top 100 and USA Today bestselling author, media personality, sought-after keynote speaker, and attorney. MoneyTransferComparison.com recently named Susan a 2015 Business Excellence Award Winner and Dunn & Bradstreet Credibility Corporation named her one of its 2015 Top Small Business Influencers. She was also named in the Top 10 of SAP’s “Top 51 Potential Human Influencers” and consistently ranks in the top 5 of the “Top 100 Small Business Experts to Follow on Twitter.”  She has written four bestselling books which have been translated into multiple languages. Susan is a former small business contributor for ABC News and hosted a syndicated radio program, It’s Your Biz. She appears regularly as a small business expert on Fox Business, Fox News, The Wall Street Journal’s “Lunch Break”, MSNBC, CNN, CNBC and other stations. Follow Susan @SusanSolovic.

Karie Willyerd

Karie Willyerd_SBC1 Karie Willyerd is a Workplace Futurist at SuccessFactors, an SAP company. Prior to that she was the cofounder and CEO of Jambok, the industry’s first video-based informal social learning software platform, which was acquired by SuccessFactors in March, 2011. Karie was formerly Chief Learning Officer for Sun Microsystems, and in that role she was responsible for employee, customer, partner, and Sun community learning. Karie is the coauthor of the award-winning bestseller, The 2020 Workplace: How Innovative Companies Attract, Develop & Keep Tomorrow’s Employees Today (Harper Business May, 2010). Her new book, Stretch: How to Future-Proof Yourself for Tomorrow’s Workplace will be out on September 28th. She is an advisor to the Center for Effective Organizations at USC, and actively advises startups at the Rocky Mountain Innosphere. Follow Karie @angler.

Questions? Send them to The Small Business Coach

Do you have a question about how to cut through complexity and move your business forward? How to resolve a vexing problem before it becomes a serious threat? Or, is inconsistent or stagnant income making you question your business strategy? Send in your question to The Small Business Coach using the form below, or send an email to newsroom@sap.com . You can follow developments in the series on Twitter #SmallBizQs.

Be sure to follow SAP’s latest news and events for small business on Facebook and Twitter @SAP4SmallBiz.

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