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Advisor Hours

  • Start Garden 50 Louis Street Northwest Grand Rapids, MI, 49503 United States (map)

Advisor Hours are open for anybody in the Start Garden ecosystem working on a project. Experts in various fields are available for 30 minute sessions to help you answer specific questions relating to their expertise. Arrive the day of and sign up for a timeslot.

Free for CEO Club members!

Advisors for this Week:

Frank Scutch | IP Attorney | Scutch Law, PLC

As a patent attorney and founder of Scutch Law, PLC, my practice is focused primarily in the areas of  electrical, electro-mechanical, mechanical, and software-related inventions. I have substantial in-house and private practice experience with a focus on IP litigation; IP licensing, patent and trademark preparation and prosecution; anti-piracy; business torts and unfair competition.

I am a member of the American Bar Association; American Intellectual Property Law Association; Grand Rapids Bar Association; State Bar of Michigan; The Florida Bar; American Intellectual Property Law Association; and Lawyer Pilots Bar Association.


Ruby Chaise | Professional Coach

Professional Coaching provides more than just the opportunity for you to discover the best path forward.  It helps you grow and build your capacity to clarify what you want and what the steps are to  achieve it, despite the obstacles and fears you may face.  The confidence and competence you develop will be assets to you throughout your journey in getting your idea off the ground., if thoughts like these have ever floated through your mind, let’s talk!

• I have such a great idea...what’s stopping me from moving forward?
• Is this the right next step for me?  Do I have what it takes to make it?
• I’m stuck!  I’m spinning my do I gain momentum?
• Am I using all of my resources to their full potential?

Just in case you’re curious about my background... I have a Business degree and over 16 years of experience at a senior management level in a large corporation, leading, training and mentoring management teams and individuals.  In addition to my corporate experience, I’ve spent the last 4 years in the world of small business, starting up 2 companies.  I am a Professional Coach, having completed an International Coach Federation accredited training program.


Chris Hashley | Web Development | Blue Sphere Solutions

I have a passion for finding where technology and process can be correctly utilized to solve business problems and provide value.  My company consults on software development.  Many of the Start Garden ideas involve the potential need for websites, mobile apps, or ecommerce -- and we have done all of them.  So, my goal for working Advisor Hours is to learn about your idea and for you to hopefully learn from my past experiences -- both the good and the bad.  If you walk away with one actionable piece of information, it makes my day.


Joe Walker | Business Strategist | Michigan Small Business Development Center

Joe Walker works for the Michigan Small Business Development Center out of the West Michigan office.  He has been working with small businesses in a consulting capacity for four years.  He has experience working with startups in digital marketing, search engine optimization, market research, site selection, accounting, and financial forecasting.  After graduating from MSU in 2010 with a degree in policy, he went on to work for Oakland County’s Economic Development department.  He returned to his hometown of Grand Rapids in 2012 in order to continue working with small businesses while pursuing an MBA degree from GVSU.

Earlier Event: September 16
First Club Meeting
Later Event: October 14
CEO Club Meeting