Entrepreneurship Consulting Services

For Small, Really Small & One-Person Business

I have been a leader in promoting entrepreneurship guided by the principles of right livelihood, simple living, and community building. For more than 25 years I have 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 the small and really small creative project, cause-driven initiative, or right livelihood business.

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 right livelihood business or your ideas for starting one, please [ use my contact page. ]

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.

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"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
CW leading a workshop of Running a One-Person Business at Books 'n' Things, Norway, Maine
Book signing at Books 'n' Things, Norway, Maine
Mariah Wilderness Expeditions
Mariah Wilderness Expeditions
Living Lightly Retail Store
Living Lightly Urban "Truck" Store
Bottling Machine, Clear Creek Natural Cosmetics

Consulting to Larger Organizations

I have been a pioneer in training people in larger organizations about how to improve productivity and communication by mastering the tools of online communications, teaming, and meetings. I have been consulting, teaching, and writing about these topics since the late 1980s offering a variety of business consulting services and learning opportunities

"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
Claude (taking photo) presenting to CORA Learning Expedition
Presenting to CORA learning expedition.
CW leading training program at Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico
Leading a Training in Building Online Courses

For Departments and Teams within Government, Healthcare, Higher Education

Internet Technology for Meeting, Teaming, and Communicating

My wife, Gail Terry Grimes, and I launched FutureU™ (The University of the Future, LLC) in 1998 as a research and training firm specializing in online learning, web meetings, virtual teams and web-based communications. We have served primarily teams and departments within government, healthcare, and higher education organizations. We have conducted a wide variety of training and orientation programs, developed extensive content for face-to-face and online delivery, and conducted many research, assessment and implementation projects.

To start a conversation about any of these services for larger organizations, [ use my contact page. ]

"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
Lisa Faithorn, Ph.D.
cultural anthropologist, NASA Ames
IT Working Group, NASA Astrobiology Institute
IT Working Group at NASA Astrobiology Institute
Hybrid Large-Group Meeting, NASA
Hybrid, Large-Group Video Conference, NAI Annual Meeting

Client Analysis

Check out this brief “demographic” report about who my clients actually are: age range, gender, topics consulted about, and so forth.  (combined business and career clients).

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

The issues consulted on are:

  • 37% – Vocational (Good Work) Guidance
  • 63% – Management (Good Business) Consulting
    • 37% – Computer/Internet
    • 28% – Marketing/Promotion
    • 21% – Personnel/Policies
    • 19% – Operations/Procedures
    • 18% – Mail-order/E-Commerce

US Client Locations 

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

International Client Locations

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