Entrepreneurship & Management Consulting Services

For Businesses of All Sizes

I have been sharing the value of a right livelihood orientation to entrepreneurship, including the practices of simple living and community building, for more than 25 years. During this time, I’ve offered a full spectrum of business consulting services and training programs for people who are in business for themselves—or who want to be.

I focus specifically on small and really small

  • creative projects
  • cause-driven initiatives
  • ethical and sustainable businesses

From free agents to entrepreneurs, my clients have included:

CW leading a workshop of Running a One-Person Business at Books 'n' Things, Norway, Maine
Book signing for Running a One-Person Business at Books 'n' Things, Norway, Maine
Mariah Wilderness Expeditions
Client: Mariah Wilderness Expeditions
  • artists, crafters, musicians, inventors, and makers of all kinds
  • cause-driven nonprofit initiatives
  • small professional practices including attorneys and paralegals, business consultants, financial advisors, and healthcare practitioners
  • small and very small hotels, restaurants, and spas
  • small manufacturers and wholesalers
  • small and really small specialty retailers
  • Anybody with self-starting energy and a desire to explore business as right livelihood.

When my clients are starting, expanding, or selling a small, right-livelihood business and they are hoping to do it right but not sure where to start or how to proceed, I help them figure it out.

If you’d like to start a conversation about your own right livelihood business or your ideas for starting one, please . . .

. . . visit my contact page.

Good Business Advice™

For Small, Really Small & One-Person Businesses

Good Business Advice is the “brand” for my primary consulting service. It is for those who want their business or project to be economically self-sustaining while remaining true to their values.

Good Business Advice is available online and also in-person occasionally, for those living or visiting the San Francisco Bay Area or the New England coast between Boston and Portland, Maine.

Visit this link to learn more:

From Free Agents to Entrepreneurs including:

  • Artists, Musicians, Inventors, Makers, and Cause-Driven Nonprofits
  • Healthcare, Legal, and Business Professionals
  • Small and Very Small Hotels, Restaurants, and Spas
  • Small Manufacturers, Wholesale Distributors, and Retailers
  • Anybody with self-starting energy and a desire to explore business as right livelihood.

When my clients are starting, expanding, or selling a small, right-livelihood business and they are hoping to do it right but not sure where to start or how to proceed, I help them figure it out.

If you’d like to start a conversation about your own small business ideas or needs, please use my contact page.

Living Lightly Retail Store
Client: Living Lightly Urban "Truck" Store
Client: Perfume/Scent Library and Bottling Machine, at Clear Creek Natural Cosmetics
"You took the time to understand the business before contributing your clear and effective advice. Your ideas were really helpful and you pin-pointed the key problems with our company. Thank you for all your help over the last two years."
Tom Asher
Tom Asher, Art Venture
clothing manufacturer, Sausalito, Califronia

Good Business Advice™

For Larger Organizations

Since the late 1980s, I have been sharing my knowledge of right livelihood, simple living, community building, and mindfulness through my writing as well as a variety of business consulting services Destination is external website and learning opportunities Destination is external website.

I have been a pioneer in training people in larger organizations about:

  • using mindfulness to improve:
    • productivity and
    • communication
  • mastering the Internet tools for: 
    • online communications
    • virtual teaming
    • web-based meetings and events

 

CW leading training program at Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico
Leading a Training in Puerto Rico to
Design, Create, and Teach Online Courses

In the context of my consulting practice, these time-tested principles are less explicit than in my career guidance programs (Good Work Guidance™) and are built into my consulting process and training programs about:

  • Using the Internet as The Great Equalizer to improve:
    • productivity
    • communication
  • Mastering the tools of:
    • general communications (when to choose which media)
      • In-person
      • Phone
      • Texting
      • Email
      • Discussion forums
      • Web conferencing
      • Meetings, courses, or events
    • virtual team building (how to create and nurture teams in multiple locations for maximum success)
    • lifelong learning (how to engage and motivate through learning opportunities, both for the business and for the person)
Claude (taking photo) presenting to CORA Learning Expedition
Presenting to CORA learning expedition.
CW and partner Gail Terry Grimes leading training program at King Abdul Aziz University, Saudi Arabia
Training Faculty in Saudi Arabia to
Design, Create, and Teach Online Courses
Dr. Lisa Faithorn and Claude at their Poster session, AbSciCon 2003
Co-presenting a Poster Session with Dr. Lisa Faithorn at Astrobiology Annual Meeting.
"Claude is a deepwater community builder and networker. He was in on the ground floor of the PC revolution in the '80s and has learned his way up with it, inventing and evolving many useful solutions. He has tirelessly supported right livelihood approaches to business, and other sensible strategies for the new century."
David Sibbet
David Sibbet, Founder, The Grove
pioneer in graphic language and graphic facilitation

To learn more about the business consulting services and learning opportunities I offer larger organizations, look here:

CW participating in meeting of Emergent Learning Forum
Participating in a Meeting of
The Emergent Learning Forum
"Claude exhibited thought leadership and wonderful facilitation driving a complicated situation — both organizationally and technically — to completion."
Peter Gaston
Peter Gaston, CTO
partner, Audibilities, LLC

Good Business Advice™

For Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education Departments & Teams

Internet Technology for Meeting, Teaming, and Communicating

My partner (Gail Terry Grimes Destination is external website) and I launched The University of the Future, LLC Destination is external website (FutureU™) in 1998 as a research and training firm specializing in online learning, web meetings, virtual teams, and web-based communications.

IT Support Group meeting at NAI Annual Meeting
Lisa Faithorn facilitating
IT Support Group
NASA Astrobiology Institute

Primarily, we served teams and departments within the government, healthcare, and higher education sectors.

Claude gives demo to Dean at Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico
Helping an "E" level decision maker understand the vagaries of Web-based communications.
"The people at FutureU are creative thinkers and revolutionary educators, combining technological sophistication with highly developed people skills. A pleasure to work with, reliable, thorough, and innovative."
Lisa Faithorn and CW on a Backyard Fishpond Tour
Lisa Faithorn, Ph.D.
cultural anthropologist, NASA Ames

To start a conversation about any of these services for larger organizations, please . . .

. . . use my contact page.

Claude (taking photo) presenting to CORA Learning Expedition
Presenting at a learning expedition for
French retail chain CORA.

Client Analysis

Who are my consulting clients?

Age Range, Gender, Topics Consulted About, and More

(Combined Business and Career Clients)

Business clients often take advantage of my career guidance and career clients often ask for my help in starting a business or growing a sideline business. So the following data includes corporate executives, self-employed business consulting clients, and career coaching clients who work for others.

Market Segments

  • Gender Identification:
    • 59% – Female
    • 41% – Male
  • Race:
    • 11% – People of Color
    • 89% – White

Business Sector

  • 06% – Manufacturing
  • 13% – Wholesale
  • 17% – Non-profit
  • 20% – Retail
  • 39% – Service

Business Size

  • 23% – Large (big corporations)
  • 77% – Small (for-profit and non-profit)

Of the Small Organizations:

  • 36% – No employees (one-person businesses)
  • 64% – Up to 200 employees

Issues
The issues consulted on are:

  • 37% – Vocational (Good Work Guidance™)
  • 63% – Management (Good Business Advice™)
    • 37% – Computer/Internet
    • 28% – Marketing/Promotion
    • 21% – Personnel/Policies
    • 19% – Operations/Procedures
    • 18% – Mail-order/E-Commerce
    • (some subcategories overlap, so they are not additive)

U.S. Client Locations 

  • Alaska
  • California
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Kansas
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • Missouri
  • Michigan
  • New Hampshire
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • Nevada
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Puerto Rico
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Carolina
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington (state)

International Client Locations

  • Bali
  • Canada
    • Ontario
    • British Columbia
    • Quebec
    • Saskatchewan
  • Chile
  • China
  • Denmark
  • France
  • Germany
  • Grand Cayman
  • Great Britain
  • Japan
  • Kenya
  • Mexico
  • Nepal
  • Saudi Arabia
  • South Africa
  • Sweden
  • Turkey