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Kevin Hammond
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A Little About Me........

I have been a business management consultant for over thirteen years helping companies solve problems, grow, and take advantage of opportunities. My core competencies are in business planning and strategy services with a strong emphasis on financial analysis, operations, access to capital, and market positioning. The SBDC (Small Business Development Center) really offers some great advice and guidance that is much needed when you own or are starting a business.

Prior to consulting I was in financial services at Chase Manhattan. I have an undergrad degree in Business Admin from Ohio Dominican, an MBA from Capital University, and a Certified Business Analysis from the University of Findlay.

I love entrepreneurship and its rewards, benefits, and challenges. Entrepreneurship is all about mindset first. Most controllable problems in entrepreneurship track back to mindset.

In the little non-work time I have I enjoy spending time with family, running and exercise, and reading.


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Innovation for Small Business: 4 Keys to Success

There is a common misperception that only very large companies are capable of innovation. If you are small, there is just no way to be innovative. It’s too expensive, it’s too risky and it takes a lot of people. The truth, however, is that you got where you are today – an entrepreneur or small business owner – through creativity, risk-taking, team building…


Posted on April 24, 2015 at 1:15pm

Setting Up a Business in Ohio

One of the most asked and basic questions I have gotten over the years as a business consultant goes something like this: ‘How do I get my business set up and get all the licenses I need?’ That question is often followed up with a concern about taxes or payroll and the perceived difficulty in doing all of this. Since the regulations to set up and maintain a business are set by local, state and federal legislation, there is a perceived challenge is assuring compliance. After all, few people…


Posted on February 26, 2015 at 8:41pm

Three Ways to Do a Patent Search

You surely have thought of new product ideas that stem from your everyday life. “My idea is the perfect solution for that problem,” you say to yourself. We all have ideas all the time for new products and better solutions than existing products offer. But few people act on those thoughts. Maybe it’s because you think it will be too hard or someone else must of thought of this before. Well, you are right: it will be hard, and someone may have thought of it already. But I’ve heard it said that…


Posted on July 16, 2014 at 7:15pm

Understanding Your Company’s Financials: Assistance with Financial Analysis

A continuous theme I hear from small company operators is a misunderstanding of their current financial picture. It’s understandable. Your focus is on driving sales and improving your company’s secret sauce. As long as there is money in the bank account and sales coming in, financials take a back seat.

One favorite pastime of mine is financial planning and analyzing financials, whether it be personal finances or companies. Since I enjoy this so much (yea, I know right) and have…


Posted on February 26, 2014 at 2:40pm

Tips for Repairing Your Credit Score

We at the SBDC get a lot of clients asking for help in the "I need a loan to start or sustain my business" department. Many of us SBDC Consultants have banking or finance backgrounds so we are able to help in navigating the loan process by understanding what loans are out there and what it takes to qualify. That being said, if your credit score is in the tank, your chances of getting a loan are slim to none. The best place to check your credit report for free is here:… Continue

Posted on October 30, 2009 at 2:30pm

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At 6:22pm on May 15, 2009, Terri said…
Hey kevin, I was interested in someone taking a look at my business plan. A fresh pair of eyes, who can get inside my head and offer advise on how to make it better. if you are willing please email driversedge43211@sbcglobal.net.
Thanks in advance, Terri
At 4:34pm on May 15, 2009, Ronnetta Denton said…
Thank you very much for your comment. I really feel this is the place to bounce ideas even if it isn't what I wanted to hear. I guess I should have expexted that answer or everyone would have their own business. I am currently working on my business plan and am in contact with SBDC. I will be asking tons of questions and I appreciate everyones honest answers!
At 7:30am on April 23, 2009, karen Falter said…
Yes Kevin that is exactly what I need! I can send you a section of my business plann to show you what I am looking for. email me at kfalter17@aol.com and I will send you a copy of that section of my plan, so you will know what information I am putting in my plan. Thanks !!!!!!!!!!!
At 1:16pm on April 21, 2009, karen Falter said…
Thanks Kevin, I am right on that path. I have targeted a storefront in a high traffic low rent on Sawmill Rd that will meet the small retail space need. My business plan is nearly half done. I have some data I need to get my hands on regarding some levels of market research without spending hundreds of dollars to companies like Clarita, any ideas? I have been to the Dublin Chamber of Commerce but they only have data applicable to the Census bureau which is nearly 10 years old.
At 12:46am on March 22, 2009, Randy Morgan said…
Hey Kev~
When can you get together to go over the financials we discussed?
At 10:36pm on March 15, 2009, larry minor said…
Thank you for the concise information. That's what I needed. What address is your office (& hours)?
At 5:03pm on March 14, 2009, larry minor said…
Michael Bowers game me your name. I recently lost my job and am planning on opening my own Adv/Mrktg business in Delaware, OH. Can you provide more detailed info. re: needs/requirements for a vendor's license for Adv/Mrktg business in Ohio? Here is what Michael provided:
'Although they keep changing the rules to take in more sales tax; if you are providing marketing and advertising services, you should not need a vendor's license.'
Do I still need to file a Business Name with the state?
Secondly. I am 62. Is there any seed or grant money for somebody my age wanting to start a business in Ohio?
At 4:14pm on September 11, 2008, Randy Morgan said…
What up Kev? Did you call the agen t I referred you too?
At 3:15pm on August 1, 2008, Michael Bowers said…
FYI...I'll be picking the pictures for anyone that doesn't post a picture.

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