2020 SUCCESS STORIES
McKenzie Administrative & Consulting Services
There has been a recent need for more virtual assistants in the region that can help the often cash-strapped and overburdened professionals as well as business owners take care of the daily operations that must be handled. Laura McKenzie, an experienced executive administrative assistant and consultant, came to the Illinois SBDC at Sauk Valley Community College with an idea of providing virtual quality personal and administrative assistance to individuals and small business owners for the Northwestern Illinois region. Laura has opened her business, MACS – McKenzie Administrative & Consulting Services, as of May 2019 after spending several months working with the Illinois SBDC at Sauk Valley Community College.
Laura initially met with the Illinois SBDC at Sauk Valley Community College in February 2019. Laura sought professional advising on several topics from her advisor, Justin Bergman. Justin advised Laura on the pros and cons of each form of ownership, how taxation applies to each form of ownership and employees, and how to select the proper resources in making her decision. They also worked closely on a comprehensive business plan and the overall business model, including advising on branding, marketing strategy, and pricing based on industry market research data. Justin also advised and trained Laura on several pieces of technology and tools, including G-Suite and QuickBooks.
Laura has already begun working with several new clients and is hopeful about her goal of growing and expanding in the region as well as her commitment in providing exceptional services and project assistance to individuals and small business owners.
When reflecting on her experience on working with the Illinois SBDC at Sauk Valley Community College, Laura explained the many challenges on getting started with a new business venture: “Anyone who plans to start a new business soon starts asking questions such as: What type of business? How do I secure a business name? What licenses are needed? How do I reach potential customers or clients? As I researched one answer, there were three more questions; and at times several potential answers. It quickly would have become overwhelming had I not discovered the no-cost services of the Illinois Small Business Development Center at Sauk Valley Community College. Justin Bergman, Senior Consultant, has been my trusted advisor through all of those challenges. The answers, accountability and ongoing support he continues to offer has been invaluable. Mr. Bergman has provided great resources to quality research, online training opportunities, and technological resources that has better prepared me each step of the way. With his expertise and a personable approach, Mr. Bergman has been an incredible asset leading up to and launching MACS.”
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