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Matt Evans Mentor

Location
Chevy Chase, Maryland, United States of America
Mentor Industry
Accounting/Tax Services
Languages spoken
  • English
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How I can help

My professional background

Over 25 years of experience in managing projects, systems, and business processes for private companies and government agencies. Very good at organizing, planning and developing strategies for all types of organizations including strategic plans for nonprofits. Extremely analytical and able to provide insights and direction for startups in areas such as product development, marketing, and financial planning. Educational background includes three professional certifications: Certified Public Accountant, Certified Management Accountant, and Certified in Financial Management. Executive Education includes the Wharton Business School and J. L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management. Some of my past positions include: Senior Business Analyst for Fortune 500 Companies | Senior Advisor for Non Profit Development in Sofia, Bulgaria | Project Manager for Grant Thornton in Washington D.C. | Business Development Manager | Senior Auditor | Project Controller


How to work with me

What I can offer

Can directly assist someone with a business plan or financial plan for a startup or existing business. Can also help develop a compelling value proposition with tag lines for clear messaging. Can help direct an overall roll-out plan with milestones for new businesses as well as identify critical enablers for success.

Please note that I do not have any knowledge about sources of funding in Africa. I can only speak to funding that takes place in the United States. If you are starting a business and do not understand how to obtain money to start the business, it is fairly simple and basic: You must obtain initial capital for your business from those people who know you such as family, friends, and school alumni. Someone who does not know you will not give you money. They do not know anything about you and have no insights into your ability to execute successfully on your idea. You have to get to first customer on your own money and resources before you can approach someone who does not know anything about you. That is the way it is for just about every startup business, regardless if the business is in the United States or some other country. Once you get to first customer, you have proven your idea and then it become easier to obtain money from people outside of your family and friends. So please do not send me questions on how to obtain funds to start your business - it's the same question over and over again with the same answer over and over again.

My expectations for a successful mentoring relationship

The person should introduce themself and make it clear what there issue or problem is. At the end of a session, I would have some clearly defined action items to move the person forward with their business. Do not ask me to simply mentor you - you must define what your issue or problem is; otherwise there is no way I can be productive as a mentor.

How entrepreneurs can prepare before we start

Describe your primary pain points or issues that are preventing you from moving forward with your business. Try to be specific as to your current problems. Please try and avoid asking me to teach you everything about business. I prefer to answer one question at a time that is well defined and easy to understand. If possible, try and connect through www.zoom.us. This allows me to answer a wide range of questions in a single session and drill down to understand the "root cause" of the problem.