What People Are Saying
Wayz to Wealth, LLCl
“"I can’t even begin to thank Dave, Victoria and Make-it-Fly® enough for all they have meant to my business. The Advisory Board and now the Alumni Board have been an incredible resource for networking and for learning. The values and marketing exercises in the 101 board were a refreshing reminder of who and what I am, and the expertise of Dave Block and the other board members have provided a great sounding board. More than anything, the boards are a place to connect for entrepreneurs who have realized that when you work for yourself, your perspective gets skewed – and there’s no water cooler to stand around and readjust it.”
“Make-it-Fly® gave me the tools of goal setting and planning. Before Make-it-Fly®, I set almost no goals and had limited planning. The 30-day goals have been a radically beneficial tool for the new initiatives that I’m now implementing throughout my business.
Another benefit I received from Make-it-Fly® was the networking. This was and is absolutely amazing. I am now in relationship with other entrepreneurs that have strengths and wisdom that I don’t have. It’s almost like having new business partners who bring a plethora of new insights to your business.
I can honestly say that my business would be on a much lower growth trajectory without the vital input that I received through Make-it-Fly®. I couldn’t give it a higher recommendation.”
Joining the Make-It-Fly® Advisory Board was the best business decision I have made thus far. It took me “out of my box” and opened my eyes to better marketing strategy, systems and processes, and the importance of financial planning. The board has become an invaluable resource for me.
Susie Hayes, MA, CHT
Make-it-Fly® is in alignment with my belief system. Right now, we’re all being challenged on this planet to shift our paradigm from competition to collaboration. Collaboration and community is foundational to Make-it-Fly®. There is a powerful synergy in Make-it-Fly® that I’ve lapped up like a hungry puppy. Resources, resources, resources – an ever-expansive treasure chest.
Joining Make-it-Fly® has easily been one of the best business decisions I’ve ever made.
If you are serious about your business, serious about helping your clients and serious about doing what you do better – take the next step – and join Make-it-Fly®.
Further Performance Group
Make-it-Fly® has provided me with connections and business contacts here in Denver. My focus for 2009 was/is to grow locally. My web designer and accountant are both Make-it-Fliers. They are both amazing and life savers.
Make-it-Fly® provides a great system and structure for doing what each business owner must do to set themselves up for success. The businesspeople you meet and the conversations are both insightful and validating. The Advisory Board provides a safe sounding board for your ideas along with camaraderie. It’s a really great experience.
“I saw Dave and
Victoria at a seminar at my landscape association meeting
several years ago and got on their email list. After
two years of receiving their great e-newsletter tips,
I decided to give it a try. Dave guaranteed me before
I joined my first board that it would be worth it. He
was right! The opportunity to work and brainstorm with
12 entrepreneurial board members like myself each month
is an incredible experience. I have learned a tremendous
amount from each member, not only for my business but
for my own personal growth.
It truly is a life changing experience that you won’t
regret. The richness of advice that you receive is worth
10 times the cost. I was always a little envious seeing
corporate board meetings and never having the chance
to experience that as a small business owner. This is
the perfect opportunity!”
West Business Consultants
“I am a devoted fan of Make-it-Fly®
and what it has done for me. When I came into Make-it-Fly®
three years ago, I was new to the area and wanted to
meet people in the marketplace, and meet them I did.
Having broken into a number of new locations over the
years and familiar with the time it usually takes, I
found that through Make-it-Fly®
I became acquainted with more quality people in less
time than I ever have been able to in the past.
A Make-it-Fly® Advisory
Board keeps your thinking fresh, introduces new avenues
and possibilities for you and your business, and challenges
you to grow out of your comfort zone.”
experience continues to pull me out of my day-to-day
business routine to help me see the forest for the trees.
No matter where you are in the process of building
your business, Make-it-Flyers always have additional
insight and perspective to help make you a better businessperson.
No matter whether or not the board is directly focusing
on my business, I still take the words of wisdom and
integrate them into my business. If someone walks away
from the Make-it-Fly®
program with only absorbing 20 percent of the material,
then the program has been successful.”
“Everyone on the board brings new and different
perspectives, experience and expertise to the table.
Some of our needs are similar and others not, but we
always take home something that we can apply to help
Inside Sewer Scope
“When I started my company, I had a plan, but
I had no idea if it was a good one. The Make-it-Fly®
Advisory Board 101 board gave me some very practical
exercises to refine my vision, my plan and my goal setting.
Top that with a feeling of community, of not going it
alone, and you get some real confidence in yourself
and your business.
The Advisory Board gives you the tools if you lacked
them and the reinforcement if they had dulled to be
successful. They also introduce one of the most powerful
aspects of Make-it-Fly®,
the accountability. The board teaches you what good
goals are and the importance of setting them. They assign
you an 'accountability buddy' to help you stay on track,
keep focused and moving in a positive direction.”
Alumni Board came just in time. My experience in the
entry level Advisory Board 101 was very helpful. When
the opportunity came to graduate to the next level,
it not only raised the bar for my business, but upped
the ante for me too. Every meeting presents a different
challenge. I actually look forward to preparing for
each meeting so as not to let the members down.
It's inspiring to know that
all the Alumni Board members are there to help you and
your business be the best that they can be. Somehow
‘they’ know that without your business the
world will just not be a better place.”
“I would not be positioned for achieving my goals
without the advisory board. Frankly, it radically changed
how I think of business and my appreciation for business
owners. Make-it-FlyŽ has catapulted my business
to new levels.”
“Joining a Make-it-Fly®
Advisory Board has been the smartest decision I have
made with my business. Each session I come away with
a refreshed motivation, armed with new tools that I’m
excited to apply to my business. In small business,
one often feels like an overworked one-man show, but
surrounding oneself with the experience and comprehensive
knowledge of the advisory board has proven an effective
Aside from the insight and feedback, I’m someone
who works to deadlines, so the accountability aspect
has also proven invaluable.”
“Participating in my Make-it-Fly®
Advisory Board 101 and my Make-it-Fly®
Alumni Board has given me business direction, personal
stability and confidence, a sounding board for issues,
more clients than I imagined, and a group of people
that I trust and consider my friends. It has changed
my perspective in life from how can I get more to how
can I give more.”
“The culture of Make-it-Fly®
is genuinely one of unselfish giving. The energy of
the leaders and members is contagious, and it’s
extremely rewarding to do business with friends who
are excited about introducing you to others who can
benefit from your services and vice versa. Make-it-Fly®
is not just a business group, it really is a lifestyle.
It is life changing in ways you can’t imagine.
I owe much of the growth of my business to the relationships
I have developed through Make-it-Fly®.”
Realty Professionals of America Inc.
“Each member of my alumni board has become my
trusted advisors. I benefit because each person on my
board really knows me and has broad context in helping
me solve problems, resolve issues and think through
challenges. More than that, I have been helped tremendously
by the board members’ skills. I have been through
branding sessions, strategic coaching, website development,
marketing and advertising plan reviews, and so many
other things that have helped me to be more successful.
It’s about idea generation, plan creation and
implementation, and my alumni board helps me with all
is incredible. Beyond the fact that you meet so many
interesting and wonderful people, the opportunity to
interact with energized business people is extremely
is so much more than a networking opportunity –
a great place to seek help for yourself and offer help
“I started in a Make-it-Fly® Advisory Board
in 2003, when my business revenues were flat. I wanted
to take my business to the next level, but I knew the
traditional business courses were inadequate in this
new Internet economy. I told Dave Block that as a holistic
Internet business I needed to know what is successful
today, not what has worked during the past 5-10 years
as a ‘proven business model.’ Make-it-Fly®
has always delivered a creative and innovative solution
when I needed it.
Since 2003, my average monthly
revenues have increased 42-fold as I continue
to take advantage of the wealth of resources available
from my Make-it-Fly® Alumni Board and Dave's and
Victoria's network. One cannot be successful alone in
this dynamic, fast-moving Internet economy.
I don't believe in competition and the advice from
Make-it-Fly® has allowed me to position my Internet
company as the #1 retailer
of our holistic animal product in the world,
with an abundance of backorders. I couldn't have done
it without Make-it-Fly®.”
Alumni Board certainly takes the oneness out of small
business entrepreneurship. I have built great relationships
and a team of advisors who are phenomenal.
This gives me the opportunity to share business ideas
and challenges with some of the most talented, intelligent,
creative and authentic people.”
Big Fun Entertainment (Bowl-ero Lanes)
program is a tremendous concept. For me, being new to
the community, it was a great way to get to know other
entrepreneurs and receive critical feedback and support
from a group of individuals who could look at my business
and my work habits objectively yet with a critical eye.
Personally, it helped me get focused on high-return
tasks at a time when I was feeling pretty overwhelmed.”
“I’ve learned so much
from my Make-it-Fly® board. My jaw has dropped many
times due to the vision, wisdom, creativity I’ve
shared over a cup of coffee. I’ve focused more,
and Make-it-Fly® has
forced me to give up lots of my 'Yes, buts.”
colleagues and Dave and Victoria have all helped keep
me focused, answered my questions, offered new brilliant
ideas and referred help to me on a regular basis. It
creates the much-needed ‘board of directors’
that most small businesses are missing.”
“Thank you for the profound difference you have
made in my life. I will recommend you without reservation
to everyone who is fortunate enough to learn about Make-it-Fly®.
Every business person deserves time to stand back and
have a strategic look at her/his business … time
for working on the business, not just in the business.
Make-it-Fly® is so
successful because you two practice very effectively
everything you teach and because you take such a personal
interest in the success of each of your clients. I never
expected any personalized attention when I signed up;
so it was an incredible surprise to have you and the
rest of the class focusing on nothing but my business
and my success at times. I found the accountability
networks you set up are like having a third-party board
of directors for a short time. Everyone learns how to
become a giver and even more importantly, how to be
vulnerable enough to ask for help, and receive invaluable
perspectives and new ideas for accelerating performance.”
has made a phenomenal difference in my life and my business!
My business has greatly benefited from having a trusted
board of advisors who help keep me focused on our company's
goals and dreams. They have talked me through some challenging
business decisions, given me the courage to take risks
I might not have taken and given me insights I wouldn't
have had. Not only that, having the opportunity to do
the same for each of their businesses has caused me
to grow personally in ways I never would have imagined.
Sharing vision with like-minded people isn't something
that is readily found in our culture. More often it
is ‘Every business for itself.’ My board
members make themselves available whenever I have something
pressing that needs input. We care about each other's
success in all areas of life. I couldn't have grown
my business to this place without the assistance of
these invaluable people. It's great fun being me right
now, and I would love to hear other entrepreneurs saying
the same thing!”
“As a newly graduated Make-it-Flyer, I thought
the process was positively stunning. The benefits of
the mutual advisory board far exceeded what was promised,
and what's more, I fully expect the advantages to compound
in the future. Being able to get advice and an objective
sounding board from my peers is so instrumental in making
good decisions, that I now realize I could have made
much greater progress if I had found Make-it-Fly®
In addition, I enjoyed three unexpected benefits from
my Make-it-Fly® experience.
First, I have formed business relationships with a majority
of my fellow board members. The quality of the participants
is such that I was able to connect as a vendor/customer
with most of the group—this would not happen even
in the best of leads groups. Second, the open sharing
of resources helped me improve our own business process.
Third, the level of trust and connectedness heightens
during the board process so that new business opportunities
seem to arise spontaneously.
If you are an entrepreneur and are used to carrying
the whole weight of the business on your shoulders,
I can't recommend the Make-it-Fly®
experience more highly—to quote a famous energy
drink ‘it gives you wings.”
“Being part of a Make-it-Fly®
Advisory Board gave me many ‘aha’s.’
These realizations have accelerated my business and
taught me tremendous lessons. I have met terrific people
who are so giving and helpful. I have great enthusiasm
to assist my peers as well. I see Make-it-Fly®
as an ongoing program in my business’s success.”
“After spending most of my working years with
a very large corporation, many of the lessons learned
at corporate America were vitally important as I contemplated
launching a second career with my own business. There
were some holes in my experience however, so I decided
to get some help to fill them. Being captain of a 777
is quite different from flying a small plane. The small
plane is much less complex, but you are all alone in
the cockpit. You soon learn the phrase, ‘If it’s
to be it’s up to me.’
I joined Make-it-Fly® to address these needs. Any
business plan, big or small, has modular parts that
all have to be successfully executed. If one part is
unsuccessfully accomplished, there’s a good chance
the entire business plan will not succeed. That’s
probably the reason so many new small businesses fail.
For me, when I joined Make-it-Fly®,
I was lacking in each of the many parts of my business
plan. Product development, marketing that product, selling
that product and product delivery were all work in progress.
I’m not sure I fully realized how much work was
The Make-it-Fly® process separates each piece of
the business plan, requiring you to think through each.
It provides resources to help you strengthen each step
in your business plan. Then, there is the accountability
piece of the Make-it-Fly® process. You have to answer
to your Board of Directors. If your thinking is incomplete,
they will tell you.
Remember, ‘Flying is not dangerous. Crashing
is.’ You better get some flying lessons before
you attempt take-off.”
“I have known Dave and Victoria Block and have
been part of the Make-it-Fly®
family for over four years. The personal and professional
support, mentoring and coaching have meant more to my
success and happiness than any other professional program
I have ever undertaken.
To be so caring, supportive, and professional at the
same time takes truly committed and dedicated practitioners.
Dave and Victoria represent the pinnacle of support
and partnering. I could not recommend two people or
a program more enthusiastically. Bottom line? THEY MAKE
A HUGE DIFFERENCE IN YOUR SUCCESS AND PROFESSIONAL GOALS
“I benefited from Make-it-Fly®
in multiple levels: my ‘web’—network
of contacts, the sharp thinking of building ideas, brainstorming,
advisory board, accountability, friendships, etc. The
Make-it-Fly® program helped encourage me to step
up execution and excellence. I was encouraged to find
my inner confidence with myself and the ideas that I
can create. I found it to be wonderful!
Make-it-Fly® has single-handedly
grown my business! It was a great decision to invest
in myself and my company in this manner. Grateful I