BBC Entrepreneurial Training & Consulting isn't known as a company that is big on hiring.
The life sciences consulting firm hasn't hired or fired anyone over the last year, and doesn't plan to in the near future. It just stays steady at seven employees. In fact, when it moved to a new office last summer it went to a smaller space.
"That building was bigger than what we needed all along so we sold it," says Lisa Kurek, managing partner of BBC Entrepreneurial Training & Consulting
What it is doing is growing its footprint. The Ann Arbor-based firm is now doing work in 29 states, up about five from its mark last year. That means it is helping life sciences startups snare non-dilutive government funding to develop their technologies. Kurek hopes to expand the firm's reputation and prowess even more in 2015.
"I'd like to see us in 39 states next year," Kurek says.
BBC Entrepreneurial Training & Consulting has built up a steadfast reputation as one of a boutique consulting firm with a deep expertise in helping startups capture six figures or more in government research funding. If you’re a region looking to build a life sciences startup scene, you want a BBC Entrepreneurial Training & Consulting in your backyard, or for it at least to have a presence there. More and more states are coming around to that idea, bringing BBC Entrepreneurial Training & Consulting into their regions.
"We're in a very niche area of expertise," Kurek says. "It (the firm's growth) is a combination of referrals and presence at national conferences. Our web and social media presence helps, too."
Source: Lisa Kurek, managing partner of BBC Entrepreneurial Training & Consulting
Writer: Jon Zemke
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