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Michael J. Franz

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35 Years of Business Insights-Sol...

Phone: (206) ***-****  
Email: f***@***.edu
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
39 Total References
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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
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, 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 Franz Many 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.
Seattle Business Lawyer - Henke Bartram - Washington Business Lawyer, 21 Feb 2006 [cached]
We spoke to Michael Franz, an SBDC adviser, and asked him to give examples of how SBDC has helped entrepreneurs.
"One example," said Michael, "was a 4-5 year business struggling with one of its product lines. Its sales reps told the business that its prices were too high. The business wasn't sure how to tackle the problem, and it asked the SBDC for help. The SBDC adviser assisted the business in re-evaluating and revitalizing the entire product line.
"Another example," continued Michael "is an IT business. Its key employees left, which disrupted the sales of the business. There was a question whether the business would even survive. SBDC advisers showed the business how to recover and continue its business."
Michael pointed out that SBDC also helps with start-ups, owners who wish to retire and exit their business, and businesses in a variety of other circumstances.
In 2002 the Meggitts contacted ..., 14 Jan 2014 [cached]
In 2002 the Meggitts contacted Michael Franz, a counselor with the Seattle Small Business Development Center, for business assistance. The SBDC is partly funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration to provide small businesses with no-cost confidential management and technical business assistance.
Counselor Franz helped the Meggitts with many aspects of their business including marketing; federal and state small business certifications; the merits and disadvantages of forming a limited liability corporation or Subchapter S Corporation; cash flow; reviewing and preparing a pricing/overhead allocation spreadsheet.
"Every time we had a question we would call Michael," says Dallas Meggitt. "If he didn't have the answer right away, he would research it and get back to us."
Franz also referred them to John Tamble of the Snohomish Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC).
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