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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 to CEO Club members & Start Garden funded projects | $5 for non-members

Advisors this Week

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.


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.


Keith Boswell | Cheif Digital Strategist | Perceptint LLC

I'm a digital marketing leader offering strategy and operations consulting for start-ups, companies trapped by tech paralysis and organizations looking for executive leadership internally. I have a passion for transforming organizations and teams through vision, practicality and never-ending learning.

Perceptint is my third start-up and the first I’ve launched on my own. For over 19 years, I've been building and leading teams from small to enterprise digital organizations, creating foundational and forward thinking strategies, sites, campaigns, channels and technologies.

I can help you identify:
·      Marketing objectives
·      Data & tracking needs
·      Pilot program opportunities
·      Channels that match your market
·      3rd party partners for building campaigns or marketing programs
·      Operational and resource needs
·      Pitfalls in current business planning or marketing campaigns
·      Pain points from my own experience as an entrepreneur, including acquisition by a much larger entity

During a session with me, we’ll focus on your top priority items and cover as much ground as possible. I look forward to speaking with you soon.


Max Barnes | Attorney | Miller Johnson 

A long time advisor to Start Garden who advises startups and entrepreneurs on general business law issues, contracts and capital raising.

Earlier Event: October 17
Lunch & Learn: What If? Idea Generation
Later Event: October 23
CEO Alumni Social