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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  $5 for non-members

Advisors this Week

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.


G. Thomas Williams | IP Attorney | McGarry Bair

All things about protecting ideas (patents, trademarks, copyright). 


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.


Doug Singer | Business Operations/Strategy | Douglas Singer & Associates

Focus on strategic approaches to achieve increase sales, revenue margins, client loyalty, and solidify your client base. We work with small busiensses to implement and review business and marketing plans, along with the project Cash Flow. With my brackground as a business owner for 32 years, I bring experience as a progressive independent operator of a B2B service company.