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Michael J. Franz

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34 Years of Business Insights-Sol...

Local Address: Seattle, Washington, United States
Washington State University
14204 NE Salmon Creek Ave.
Vancouver , Washington 98686
United States

Company Description: WSU Spokane is the urban campus of Washington State University, a land-grant research university founded in 1890. The campus features advanced studies and research...   more

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  • BSE degree , engineering
    University of Michigan
  • MBA , operations research
    University of Michigan
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Seattle - Michael Franz - WSBDC, 4 April 2006 [cached]
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Seattle - Michael Franz
Michael has been with the Washington SBDC since 1998 as an associate faculty member with Washington State University. He serves the Seattle area from an office in downtown Seattle, and is co-located with WSU West. Michael's activities include business counseling, mentoring, and participation in programs that support the business community. He was honored as the Washington SBDC Star Performer in 1999 and 2007, and as an Association of SBDC's State Star in 2001 and 2007.
Michael holds an MBA with concentration in Operations Research and a BSE degree in Engineering from the University of Michigan. He has over 30 years of career experience in the fields of engineering and business management. This includes fast growth, startup, and mature business environments with both large and small firms. He has business ownership experience, and has performed many corporate roles: project manager, financial manager, vp and general manager, and the major officer positions on boards of directors. During this time, he gained expertise in professional consulting, project management, product development, engineering, executive and financial management, and entrepreneurism.
Debt Relief Small Business Resources, 23 Dec 2008 [cached]
"It's a wake-up call for small businesses," says Michael Franz, director of the Washington Small Business Development Center at Washington State University. ...
Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce eNews, 20 May 2008 [cached]
The Chamber's eNewsletter is pleased to feature another "Ask the business advisor" column by Michael Franz, a certified business advisor with the Washington Small Business Development Center (SBDC).
photo: Michael Franz, SBDC Business Advisor
The decision of where to work ... [cached]
The decision of where to work -- and how to set up an office -- is a familiar struggle among Seattle-area startups, said Michael Franz, a business adviser with the Washington Small Business Development Center, which is run by Washington State University.
Traffic congestion, combined with high housing prices close to the city's core, have forced many small businesses out to the suburbs or into homes, said Franz, who has advised 2,000 small businesses in 10 years.
Indeed, brokerage firm CB Richard Ellis reports that office space in downtown Seattle remains tight -- and is expected to tighten over the next year.High-end space rents for $40 per square foot -- which translates to about $20,000 per year for a three-person office.
In the past, offices were viewed as a place to hire employees and keep them, Franz said.But many employees today don't want to come in -- especially not if they can get the job done closer to home.Offices are changing -- slowly -- to the mobile model.
The younger generation of business owners, who are more comfortable with mobile working, text messaging and using cell phones, are shunning the traditional office, Franz said.
The five employees at Delicious Monster work from the Zoka coffeehouse near University Village in Seattle.
Shortly after the company was founded in March 2004, "Chief Monster" Wil Shipley and his colleagues "discovered that we were going to kill each other if we stayed cooped up in this old room in my house," he said.
photo: Michael Franz, SBDC ..., 11 Mar 2008 [cached]
photo: Michael Franz, SBDC Business Advisor
Do you have a tactical or strategic question about growing your business-and not enough time to research it?
The Chamber's eNewsletter is starting a new "Ask the certified business advisor" column by Michael Franz of the Washington Small Business Development Center (SBDC).
About Michael FranzMany Chamber members know Michael as the longtime facilitator of the Entrepreneur and CEO Business Development Roundtables.These free monthly sessions are run in partnership with the SBDC and provide forums for entrepreneurs to seek advice and mentoring directly from their peers.
Michael has 30-plus years of career experience in the fields of engineering and business management.He holds an MBA in operations research and a BSE degree in engineering from the University of Michigan, and since 1998 he has been a certified business advisor with the SBDC.In 2007 he was honored as the Washington SBDC Star Performer, and was also recognized as the Association of SBDC's State Star in 2001 and 2007.
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