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CFOCare's Center for Energizing Leadership Receives 2015 Best of Bellevue Award

Bellevue Award Program Honors the Achievement

BELLEVUE November 5, 2015 -- Center for Energizing Leadership and its Founder and CEO Jonathan Copley, has been selected for the 2015 Best of Bellevue Award in the Business Coaching category by the Bellevue Award Program.

                                                                                     
Each yBellevue's Best Business Coach 2015ear, the Bellevue Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Bellevue area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2015 Bellevue Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Bellevue Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About Bellevue Award Program

The Bellevue Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Bellevue area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Bellevue Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community's contributions to the U.S. economy.

From Kicking Off MLS to 50 Startups, Grow50 Founder Aims High

JJonathan Copley, Chief Executive, CFOCare Inconathan Copley considers himself to be one of the world’s biggest Manchester United soccer fans. So when Team Manchester arrived in the Pacific Northwest in the summer of 2011 to face-off against the Seattle Sounders, he faced   a choice. Pit his lifelong fandom and upbringing in Manchester, U.K., against the home team in the region he now lived   in and loved. It was no contest. 

It was “Go Manchester” all the way!

Now, two years later, Copley isn’t repenting for Manchester’s 7-0 win vs. Seattle but reaffirming his allegiance to the Puget Sound community that is sprouting startup companies like blades of grass on his home field turf.

A champion of new business formation, capitalization and valuation, and the founder of CFOCare, Copley has what he believes is a winning Seattle game plan. He has assembled a team of multidisciplinary advisors, 16 professional service firms, in a consortium known as Grow50.  As in soccer, there is a goal to achieve that he and his illustrious teammates share. Grow50′s mission is to help 50 select companies grow significantly over the next 10 years by getting all the expertise and funding they need. 

“I wanted to put together a team of people that had every skill set an entrepreneur would need when starting a business,” he explained.  ”We see a lot of startups coming in and asking angel investors for money, and the angels naturally turn around and say, ‘Tell us about your management team.’” That’s obviously the number one success factor, right?  The startups typical  response is, “Right, you give us the money and we’ll give you the management team. It’s a Catch-22 situation.


We believe we can accelerate a large number of aspiring firms and give investors the confidence of knowing these early stage companies have strong, professional support. Recruiting. Product Development. Legal. Sales. Marketing. International.  You name it.” he says.

Copley soundly rejects the opinion of Cam Mhyrvold who, writing in GeekWire, blamed a lack of entrepreneurial talent in the Northwest after closing his Ignition Partners venture group and moving to San Francisco.  Jonathan considers the Northwest an extraordinary spawning ground for tomorrow’s tech leaders, given the talent, the resources, and the legacy of companies like Microsoft, Amazon, Starbucks and Boeing, to name the forebears. ..

Speaking of soccer, (weren’t we?), there’s a valuable listen to be learned from Copley’s experience with the World Cup.

“I met with Alan Rothenberg who was chairman of the World Cup at the time, and because I loved soccer, I said, “Alan, is there any way I can help you?”  Rothenberg already had a vast number of people working on the World Cup but he told me he needed someone to help him help build a future soccer league for the U.S.!”

“I spent the next two years developing the business and marketing plan for what was then called the National Soccer League and which we rebranded Major League Soccer,” reflected Copley.


Today’s Seattle Sounder fan base of 40,000, of which he is one, “is astonishing!” he says. “It would make the Sounders the tenth best supported team in Britain! We have fantastic crowds. ”

There’s another lesson to be learned here as well. It’s about  how some engagements start out as one mission (the “World Cup”) and then morph into another — (“Major League Soccer.”)  ”It’s called the Pivot,” reminds Copley. “It is practically inevitable that the first idea a new company founder has will be revised or reinvented along the path to fruition.  ”It’s the skill set and flexibility of the startup, and the advisors, that makes all the difference as a young company progresses!”

You can’t help but admire this soccer-aficionado-turned-startup-coach’s team spirit!  Go Grow50! 


Source : Seattle 24/7



CFOCare Led Consortium of 16 Professional Firms Featured in The Wall Street Journal
 


                                                 CFOCare in The Wall Street Journal

Premier Business Advisors Team Together With the Goal of Helping 50 Select Companies Grow Over the Next 10 Years

SEATTLE, WA - Grow50 today launched its consortium of 16 premier professional service firms with extensive entrepreneurial experience to better help early stage companies in the Pacific Northwest. Grow50's mission is to help 50 select companies grow significantly over the next 10 years by enabling high potential businesses to get the expertise and funding they need. This will contribute to a stronger entrepreneurial ecosystem and improve employment opportunities in Washington.

"Cam Myhvold of Ignition Partners suggested in a recent article published via Geekwire that Seattle lacks entrepreneurial talent. We strongly disagree with that assertion and we believe that Seattle's entrepreneurs are among the greatest in the world as demonstrated by the likes of companies including Amazon, Microsoft and Starbucks," said Jonathan Copley, founder of Grow50 and CEO of business consulting firm CFOCare (www.cfocare.com). "With greater nurturing from our experienced team of advisors we know we can help unleash even more of that entrepreneurial talent and help companies grow more rapidly and successfully."

Grow50 is a sponsor in the Northwest Entrepreneur Network's semi-annual First Look Forum a competition involving hundreds of entrepreneurs from around the Pacific Northwest. Later this month on April 19th and then again in October of 2013, the winners of the First Look Forums will be awarded $50,000 worth of professional fees from Grow50 members, and the second-placed finishers will receive $25,000 worth of professional fees for an annual total of $150,000 in services for promising entrepreneurs. Prize winners will select from services offered by Grow50 member firms with specialized skills and critical expertise in key areas spanning from fundraising, legal & tax advice and product development to marketing & sales, among others