Dave Block and Victoria Munro
LLC in February 2003, in Denver, Colorado. to provide
training and support systems in the form of Advisory
Boards, and helpful tools and resources for entrepreneurs
and small business owners (0 to 20 employees). The first
of the three-month Advisory Board 101 programs started
in April 2003. Since then, over 50 boards have been
held in the Denver area.
Advisory Boards were designed for entrepreneurs
who need a serious forum to improve their skills and
get a fresh perspective on building and running their
businesses while addressing the many challenging issues
of entrepreneurship in a supportive and confidential
Advisory Board 101 is comprised of 12 non-competing
business owners, who meet once each month for a three-hour
seminar (a total of four seminars). Format for these
seminars includes brainstorming and discussion sessions
as well as practical exercises that relate directly
to their businesses. SMART goal setting and a structured
accountability process is also an integral part of the
In late 2003, the
Alumni Board was launched for Advisory
Board members who valued the support, help and encouragement
of fellow board members and wished to maintain a lifestyle
of regular goal setting and accountability. Make-it-Fly®
Alumni Boards also meet once a month. These boards are
more loosely structured than the Advisory Board 101s,
with an emphasis on discussion around members’
real-time issues. At each meeting, two or three business
owners make presentations to the board on their business
and may use their board as they wish. Often, presenters
describe issues and request ideas to solve specific
problems, feedback on possible future plans or proposed
marketing materials, etc.
In the spring of 2004, Make-it-Fly®
launched the bi-weekly ezine In-Flight
Refueling - Secrets to Small Business Success.
The publication has attracted a consistently growing
list of subscribers. It has proved an excellent marketing
tool and won an “Award of Excellence” in
the 2006 Apex Awards for Publication Excellence.
Also in 2004, Make-it-Fly®
instituted a bi-monthly networking event (six per year)—the
Café. These events have drawn between
150 and 250 people each time.
In 2006, Make-it-Fly®
formed a publishing company, Top Flight Press, LLC,
to produce and market complementary products designed
to meet the needs of Make-it-Fly®
clients, and other small business owners who may not
be in a position to become board members. Several ebooks
are currently available and the first softcover book,
The Small Biz Balancing Act: Secreats to Restoring
Passion and Play in Your Business and Life, was
published late 2008. Several other exciting publications
and DVDs are in the pipeline.
During the first four years, we've developed a wide
network of skilled and talented business owners in the
Rocky Mountain region. Because of this, we are deluged
almost daily with requests for referrals. In 2007, we
will introduced an online searchable Small
Biz Directory of businesses we've pre-screened
and can wholeheartedly recommend.
As of November 2008, the company is offering franchises
in Colorado and several states.