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"Maria is a top notch business consultant and coach. I hired her for an hour consultation which turned out to be a great opportunity for me to see my business from a very experienced mentor's perspective.

A "woman of her word" she followed through, by email, with informative links and resources to every single topic that we discussed. Maria shares a well balanced approach, taking into consideration that "life happens while you're running a business". She is intelligent and kind with a straight forward approach on how to manage day to day business more efficiently and in turn becoming more profitable. I would highly recommend Maria to Elevate Everyone's Business."

--Shelley Bertram Fallis, Financial Advisor, Armstrong & Quaile Associates Inc, Ontario, Canada

"After speaking with you I felt calmer and feel our interactions will be fruitful as I develop my business."
Rabbi Dr. Ed Weinsberg, Spiritual Coach, Aging Well Works, Florida

"You made me feel better about where I am in my marketing and gave me ideas of what I want to pursue, and in what order."
Susan C. S. Cristini, Life Coach, SellFF Coaching, Amherst, New Hampshire

Monumental Growth After Planning

" Because I'm a numbers person, I've always had trouble with the "writing part" of planning and setting aside enough time to write a business plan. I knew I needed to have a plan on paper, not just in my mind.

Monica BarnardWhen Maria offered a ONE page business and marketing planning process that could be done in ONE day, I knew that could do THAT much! While preparing for the workshop, I realized that I was in a stagnant place and needed to do new things, including niching, to bring in new business.

I have a better feel for . . . important things I had never really thought about. Maria made the one-day process so easy and straightforward. I had NEVER marketed before, but Maria and my business plan gave me STRUCTURED GUIDANCE. Maria showed me how to create a one-year vision, a five- to ten-year vision, then an exit vision for eventually leaving my company. I have a better feel for what I need to do to grow, to decide when I want to retire, and evaluate whether I'm building my business so I can sell it or turn it over to somebody else to run--important things I had never really thought about.

My customer base increased 10% after years of only 2% growth. I updated my website to target my ideal clients and created a newsletter, which my clients and prospects appreciate! My web traffic has increased by 20%. I speak more often (CE credit classes) and have gained 12 well-qualified referrals. Niching attracts more ideal prospects to my business and my customer base increased 10% after years of only 2% growth. In July, I am attending a trade show that caters to my ideal clients--I'm looking forward to seeing those results!

I am on track to regain the clients I lost due to the economy... I use my plan to view the progress I'm making towards my goals...and if I'm not reaching them, I re-focus to get myself in the right direction. In the beginning of the year, I reviewed my plan and ideal client profile again and made changes. The template process Maria provided is good for that because it is flexible and easy to change. As a result, I am on track to regain the clients I lost due to the economy and to reach my goal of doubling my client base within the next 5 years.

A lot of financial people are probably more focused on production than building a business. They may not be marketing consistently or monitoring their efforts. Having a business and marketing plan like this would help them focus for a longer term, as it has helped me."

  • Liked the best about the plan: short, sweet, and to the point.
  • Main 3 benefits: putting your plan on paper, how simple it is, didn't have to write more than one page.
  • Would you recommend the plan, and why? Yes, because it was so easy to do.
Monica Barnard, APA, CEBS
Barnard & Associates, Pension Consultant and EA Specializing in Pension & Profit Sharing Plans for USA Based Physicians http://www.BarnardAssociates401k.com/

"Attending your one day planning program, along with the many insights and business therapy you provided, helped me see the forest through the trees. Thank you for the really great thought provoking day".
Ahmad Mohazab, Principal,
TECTA Associates Architects, San Francisco CA www.Tecta.com

"Using the planning resources you sent prior to the event, I was able to quickly create a draft of my current business plan and a project I'm working on. The one-day program provided much additional information which helped me refine my plan and your personal insight and input was greatly appreciated.
Kee Nethery, CEO, Berkeley, California, Kagi

"The Do It Now Success Day helped me to complete a task I had been dreading! The excitement of that accomplishment carried over into the following week and helped me get even more done that I had been putting off. "
Mike Valentine, Search Engine Consultant
Long Beach, California, http://seoptimism.com/

"After speaking with you I felt calmer and feel our interactions will be fruitful as I develop my business."
Rabbi Dr. Ed Weinsberg, Spiritual Coach
AgingWellWorks, Florida

"You made me feel better about where I am in my marketing and gave me ideas of what I want to pursue, and in what order."
Susan C. S. Cristini, Life Coach
SellFF Coaching, Amherst, New Hampshire

Results & Reviews

Before you read the testimonials below, let's be 100% perfectly clear. Our programs are not "get rich quick" programs. Each client's situation is unique, and your results will vary. Building a successful business involves you taking many risks and providing an investment of your work, time, and money.

We help you eliminate a lot of the guesswork as you grow your business big(GER). You simply reuse the tools we provide early and create growth. That's what our clients and students have done. That's what big companies have done to be successful, too. And that's how you should do it, too.

A special thank you to my many clients and students who have provided me with written permission to share their comments with you. This is a very special thing for them to do because confidentiality is a major part of my business model.

Please read this important disclosure statement about our testimonials.

"I worked for Miss Marsala as her Personal Assistant and found her to be considerate and understanding of mistakes because she wanted me to learn from them. If I needed clarification on a subject, all I had to do was ask. She gave me clear concise answers and is easy to communicate with. Miss Marsala taught me to run an organized and professional office and start my own business. She is one of the most intelligent people I have had the pleasure of working with. Anyone would be lucky to work with her in any capacity."

Amanda Gibbs, Hawaii, Personal Assistant

"Maria isn't known as the Resource Queen for nothing - she knows everything there is to know about running a business successfully and where to go to find the tools and services to do it. Maria's advice and strategy has been invaluable to the clarification and execution of my business goals."

Nicole Wexler, Decorator & Stager, Turquoise Decor, Redmond, WA, http://www.TurquoiseDecor.com

"Aside from forcing us to focus on growing our business, your program provides a logical, compelling, balanced template, and your hands-on support was insightful and effective. Despite this tough economic terrain, client satisfaction, client retention, our rates, and profits are higher than ever. Our business awareness is clearer. To be blunt, your help in teaching us when to "throw the fish back" and walk away from inappropriate candidate clients has saved us far more than what your strategic business program cost. We are looking forward to continuing to work with you to internalize what you teach."

Mike Klasco, Audio Engineer and Nora Wong, COO, Menlo Scientific, Richmond, CA, http://www.MenloScientific.com

"I had the privilege to work with Maria for an hour regarding my executive career path. She is OUTSTANDING, down to earth, has real life ideas, and is extremely ahead of our times -- not to mention has lots of professional knowledge. Maria she gives back to those in need of constructive ideas, new ways to re-invent themselves for a new direction of their careers. I highly recommend you speak with Maria for your personal or business growth."
--Christine Shur, Vice President Consumer Market, Bank of America, Philadelphia, PA

"Maria Marsala is an outstanding business coach who provides me with invaluable information on a variety of topics. Maria cuts to the heart of any challenge and provides resources and solutions from her vast experience. Maria has been a key resource in helping me publish my first book, "Insiders Guide to Doing Business in Mexico". The quality of the book is due to Maria's assistance and encouragement. I highly recommend Maria to any business person looking to take their company or project to the next level."

Richard Villasana, Speaker & President, Marketing to Mexico, San Diego, CA, http://www.MarketingtoMexico.com

"Maria has a creative, holistic, and no-nonsense approach to business and helps her clients get clear about what they want, where they want to go, and how to get there. She is warm, generous and firm. She doesn't mince words, yet is compassionate. SHE CAN HELP YOU GET THE JOB DONE in a good way."

Lenore Norrgard, Shamanic Consultant, Filmmaker, Portland, OR, http://www.CircleInTheLivingEarth.org

"Maria Marsala is a consummate and astute professional with vast business knowledge, twenty-first century business sensibilities, an intensely listening ear, and a caring heart. I enthusiastically and unreservedly recommend Elevating Your Business to any entrepreneur wanting to grow a business into a successful entity."

Geoffrey Gilmore, CSEP, NBCT, Corporate & Wedding Event Planning, Gilmore Signature Events, Kenmore, WA http://www.sigevents.com

"Since working with Maria for just one hour a month over a six month period, I was able to clarify my mission and vision for my business, quickly resolve problems as they arose, and create a much improved version of my elevator pitch. Best of all, my monthly revenues have increased by $3,000 and I've just about doubled my hourly rate."

Carrie Meeks Stallwitz, Public Relations and Communications Expert, Witz PR, Houston, TX, http://www.WitzPr.com

"Maria's presentation was inspiring and innovative. It provided me with new insights and tools that I used immediately. It's evident that she's passionate about helping small business owners succeed. Her company's email list and blog contain excellent and helpful information to take me into the future. And I became a client, too!"

Janet Graff, CMP, Meeting Planner & Speaker Manger, JLG Event Management Solutions, Cleveland, OH, http://www.JJLG-EventManagementSolutions.com

"Maria's "no band-aids," all around approach helped me create a strong business foundation from the inside out that continuously helps my business be more profitable, efficient and healthy. The business plan process helped me create an easy to update system for marketing, taking action, and monitoring my efforts. I have taken leaps and bounds in the first few years of my business, and it has been a great experience both personally and professionally."

Nancy Owyang, Creative Director & Owner, Eye 2 Eye Graphics, Everett, WA, http://www.Eye2EyeGraphics.com

"Attending your one-day planning program, along with the many insights and business therapy you provided, helped me see the forest through the trees. Thank you for the really great thought-provoking day."

Ahmad Mohazab, Architect & Principal, TECTA Associates Architects, San Francisco CA http://www.Tecta.com

"Maria's input has helped me organize my business more in three months than I had in the nine months prior. She asks the right questions and doesn't mince words. Her vast storehouse of business and marketing knowledge makes her a valuable partner in my business. She's helped me package my services, allowing me to increase my fees by 200%, and the monthly sales of the company are up 300% from where we were just 8 months ago. If you're considering hiring an advisor to help grow your business more rapidly, look no further. Maria is a skilled, caring, but firm coach, and most importantly, she will help you get the results you're looking for in your business and personal life."

Elin Barton, COO & Partner, White Knight Pro Video Company, Binghamton, NY, http://www.WhiteKnightPro.com

"Using the planning resources you sent prior to the event, I was able to quickly create a draft of my current business plan and a project I'm working on. The one-day program provided much additional information which helped me refine my plan, and your personal insight and input was greatly appreciated."

Kee Nethery, CEO & Programmer, Kagi, Berkeley, California, www.kagi.com

"I've been in business for over 20 years and my ideal client has been consistent throughout that time. Many of the questions on your exhaustive list of ideal client questions weren't part of my thought process and answering them opened my eyes to the possibilities. I came away with a specific, factual description that helps me recognize my ideal clients after 30 seconds of a conversation, so I can now easily avoid spending time with people who AREN'T my ideal and move on to those who are!"

Mary Stursa, Fashion Designer, Owner, Seattle, WA, Noble Furs, http://www.NobleFurs.com

"When we started working together, you heard the inconsistency between the quality products I sell on Ebay and my business name - The Cheap Quilter. Last month, I decided to rename my business to "The Stitcher's Cottage." Since then, sales have increased 38% plus I now have the latitude to expand my product line beyond quilting. Thanks Maria!"

Michelle Valentin, Ebay top Seller, Upland, CA, The Stitcher's Cottage

"The pricing program paid for itself within 45 days and I more than doubled my sales within a year. Since completing my business plan, my business is beginning to look like how I dreamed it could be with the best clients ever who value the service I am providing."

Mary Walby, Piano Teacher, Bellingham Piano Lessons, Bellingham, WA, http://www.BellinghamPianoLessons.com

"Maria gives 200 percent and presents her material simply and completely. Her Get Paid More System helped me see that the value of my product and services was 3 times what I perceived. I promptly, and naturally, adjusted my thinking, and am very happy with my new pricing structure. She also recommended other ways I can fill my marketing funnel with new streams of income. Her support renewed my belief in the vision I have for my company."

Alice Shapiro, Poet & Teacher, Poet's tongue, Douglasville, GA, http://aliceshapiro.com/poets-tongue

"If you want no-nonsense business advice that works, contact Maria Marsala. She is innovative, energetic, and results-driven. She helped me to boost my income and to become more creative in my whole approach to business. I recommend her often and without hesitation."

Anna Watkins, Training & Coaching Professional, Albuquerque, NM http://www.one-e-anna.com/

"I sold my business and was looking to do something new but wasn't sure what. I spent about a year thinking, exploring options, and making a few false starts. Then I started to work with Coach Maria. By the 4th session, I had a solid new business idea developed and ready to be put into a business plan. I never imagined a coach could be so effective and achieve such stunning results so quickly. My advice: don't think about hiring Coach Maria, just pick up the phone and do it. Your ROI will come back to you very quickly."

Nancy Kieffer, Business Development & Publishing, No Company Name Yet, Las Vegas, NV

"...Aha moment! I realized that the reason my business hasn't excelled is because I was just taking anything that came my way. I had no clear vision, no business plan, no marketing tools and no direction. Maria, you inspire me and my business to be the best we can be. You are a source of inspiration."

Betsy Padilla, Events Planner, Detailed Events, Chicago, IL

"It helps to have a plan. I've accomplished more in 4 months than I did the entire previous year. And my income doubled from last year! I feel more focused now, too."

Joan Runnheim, Career Strategist, Pathways Career, Hudson, WI http://www.Pathways-Career.com

"..for the first time in 45 years of adult life I'm working in a clean, uncluttered workspace. I find myself more eager to get to work because I have more of a sense that I will accomplish my intentions."

Dr. Neill Neill, Therapist, Vancouver Island, BC http://NeilNeil.com

"After attending two of your virtual seminars, I've been inspired to create my one-page business plan and ideal client profile. Something I heard you say made me realize that more of my energy and focus has to be placed on growing my business to the next level, which has meant, at least for a while, I'd be saying "no" to some of the high level volunteering I'd been doing. Since your classes, I have been obsessed in ramping up my business - evaluating where it is, bringing back my passion, and narrowing my niche to match what my clients need. I feel a new sense of freedom since I had the revelation to serve the green and renewable energy industry where I will be able to earn a great living and contribute to saving our planet. Thank you for your time and for your inspiration!"

Bonnie Bell-Ewert, Green Marketing Specialist, Duluth, Minnesota, Owner of Bell Ewert Associates, LLC.

"Maria has proven herself to be dedicated, sympathetic, and persistent. She provides a map that keeps me on course and an objective mirror so I don't become someone I wouldn't want to be. With her on the team I can comfortably focus on my clients' welfare, secure in the knowledge that someone is focusing on mine. Definitely worth your time, unless you have no room left for improvement!"

Darrell G. King, President & Programmer, The Web Center, Inc., Rochester, NY www.webctr.com

"I received your Welcome Package today. Thank you SO MUCH. I LOVE it! What wonderful information, valuable books and a great way to add value! I'm thinking of ways that I can offer a really special welcome package such as this. It really makes a difference. I think that I have the best coach ever!"

Tara Black, Success Coach, GA

"I finally have a specific [business plan] plan in place that is manageable and attainable. Way beyond adding a house cleaner and accountant to my life, after 5 years of trying on my own, with your help I increased my bottom line by more than $15,000."

TK, Computer Programmer, Seattle, WA

"Maria has provided me with a constant reminder to do my best and to push my boundaries. She was valuable in providing resources and insights that I would not otherwise have had access to."

Jeff Howard, Consultant, Schofield Management, NH

"You provide lots, but mainly someone I can confide in about business or personal issues that can give an objective opinion about any problems I have. You also provide direction and possible solutions that help make life funnier and me a happier person."

Heather Page, Virtual Assistant

Articles & eNewsletters Results

"Just wanted you to know that I've read and appreciated your last two articles: the one on boundaries and the one on letting visitors choose your keywords. Keep up the interesting and valuable work!"
Marcia Yudkin, Author, Internet Marketer
Goshen, MA

"I love your ezine and read it to the end - yes even through your shameless plug every time."
Gretchen Blank, Plymouth, MN USA

"Maria, I enjoy your newsletters and find a lot of insight in them."
Wolfgang Schmidt

"Wow... hat an ezine. You should have told us to get a nice cup of cocoa before beginning to read your ezine and linking up to your Resource Queen web site." -- Caroline McIntosh, S.E. Spiritual Electrician, Author

"I'd like to say a sincere thank you for helping me even without knowing it. Reading the articles in your e-zines and on the website made me look at my career from a different angle. You encouraged me to pursue a dream about my own business instead of chasing another paycheck.
Tanya Cobb, VA

"I have subscribed and unsubscribed to many newsletters in the past, but not this one. I also wanted to let you know I love your new layout - clean, yet the colors liven it up."
Beth Dargis, Life Coach
Zeeland, MI

Pricing Program Results

"A new opportunity arose for my company and I wanted to make sure that I priced it right. What I discovered from your pricing Workbook was that my services are under priced and I spend too much valuable time on the phone with tire kickers. The exercises also showed me that it's really costing me more money to do everything myself! The project I originally wanted to price will be $12,000 higher than I would have asked for. Thanks for the wake-up call!"
Val Whiting, Owner, www.gameshapetraining.com, Wilmington, DE

"I attended your class, "Get Paid What You Deserve," and I've doubled my speaking fees and increased the prices of my products. Thank you for the great information."
Deborah Read, Speaker and Ergofit Consulting
Seattle, WA

"This is "the how to pricing manual!" It is jam-packed full of practical pricing check lists, gross margin calculation work sheets, research tips and resources. Whether you are a new entrepreneur or an experienced business owner, this is one of the best guides you can buy on pricing!"
Jim Horan, Berkeley, CA, Owner, The One Page Business Plan Company

"I was able to negotiate a very flexible work schedule with a fee $10K higher than I have ever made in a past year. Thanks for all the great information & inspiration!"
A.W., Business Owner, May 2005 Alumni

"Trying to figure out what to charge for your services can be tough. Maria makes it simple with this ebook. She offers clear-cut advice and examples of what you should take into account when setting the prices for your business. The fact is it's a lot easier to price tangibles than something service-related. Make sure you're getting paid what you're worth and stop giving the store away for free. Maria will show you how with this informative ebook. Great job! "
Merle, Owner,
MC Promotions

"As a service provider, I know how hard it can be to decide how much to charge for your work. This manual helps entrepreneurs consider ALL the factors involved - from knowing your own worth, to calculating all those "hidden" costs of being in business, to determining how much profit you want to make. Now you can actually justify why you charge what you charge, rather than arbitrarily picking a rate that just sounds good!"
Ramona Creel, Clinton, MD, Owner, Online Organizing

Networking Program & Results

"I was a guest at a networking meeting and used new elevator speech words that you recommended. I was very concise and brief. Everyone began applauding, after which one member shouted, 'That was the best 30 second commercial I've ever heard.' Thank you, Maria."
Nathaniel Oxford, Credit Card Services
Gig Harbor, WA

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Balanced Approach

"Maria is a top notch business consultant and coach. I hired her for a consultation which turned out to be a great opportunity for me to see my business from a very experienced mentor's perspective.

A "woman of her word" she followed through, by email, with informative links and resources to every single topic that we discussed. Maria shares a well balanced approach, taking into consideration that "life happens while you\'re running a business". She is intelligent and kind with a straight forward approach on how to manage day to day business more efficiently and in turn becoming more profitable. I would highly recommend Maria to Elevate Everyone\'s Business."
--Shelley Bertram Fallis, Financial Advisor, Armstrong & Quaile Associates Inc, Ontario, Canada