Announcing my new coaching program with StartupNation!

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After a lot of creative brainstorming and work, I am thrilled to announce the fruits of a juicy collaboration with StartupNation which is the 10 Steps to Open for Business Coaching Program.

This is a 12-week coaching program starting on February 14 (Newsflash:  due to a timeline switch in testing the online environment, we pushed the 1/31 launch to a later start)that combines weekly 75-minute group coaching sessions over the phone with a lively private online forum for the class participants and 1:1 coaching sessions with me.  We have also partnered with John Jansch of Duct Tape Marketing who will be personally coaching these first groups with me on the topics of Branding and Sales and Marketing.

Some of you may have visited the StartupNation site and found the content of their 10 Steps to Open for Business helpful.

Through this program, we aim to offer group structure and support to ensure that you not only grasp the material in the 10 Steps, but actually do something about them and get your business off the ground!

This program is for you if:

  • You have a specific business idea
  • You’re intrigued by the thought of going into business for yourself
  • You don’t have an organized process for how to do that….yet!
  • You’re stuck in your day job and working on your business on the side, and your next big step is to go full time in your business
  • You’re a self-starter who would appreciate some support and structure
  • You’re ready to take action!

To register for the class I am teaching from February 14-May 2, go here.

To register for the class Philippa Kennealy is teaching from February 16-May 4, go here.

And an update for those who can’t quite swing the whole payment at once:  you can pay in three installments over the three month program.

The virtual-Web 2.0-social networks-do-good backstory

The birth of this program is an example of the power of blogging and social networks.

About a year ago, Rich Sloan of StartupNation discovered my blog and we began talking.  We discovered that we had a natural synergy in both our personal values and approach to entrepreneurship.  And our businesses fit nicely together since as I helped people escape their cubes, he would readily welcome them into the world of startups.  I wrote a series of articles for StartupNation, as well as did some other projects with Rich and his brother Jeff.

As I referred more and more people to the 10 Steps to Open for Business information, I had a "lichen business strategy" moment, where I saw a natural  fit  for my coaching services within Startup Nation’s offerings.  Rich agreed, and we got busy working on the program.

Then, as we saw that it involved a lot of design and input, I brought in my good friend Philippa Kennealy, The Entrepreneurial MD, to help design the program and teach her own session.  Philippa and I met virtually as participants in a coaching program, and became friends and "mastermind" partners for over 8 months.  After experiencing what a gifted coach and business person she was, I knew that I wanted to work with her.

John Jansch of Duct Tape Marketing was in conversation with StartupNation about integrating their marketing materials with his excellent coaching and information.  This coaching program seemed a great way to get John and his Duct Tape Marketing coaches to get hooked up with people who were ready to apply the information.  So another partner and asset to the program was born.

I share this "backstory" with you to demonstrate that you can grow your business and establish wonderful business partnerships through the medium of web, blog-based and virtual business.  I feel so lucky to have this opportunity to work with people I enjoy, and most importantly, to work hands-on with a group of cube dwellers who are actually going to take action and fly the cube!

After lots and lots of individual coaching, blogging and podcasting, it feels great to release a real, live program.

Enrollment is limited for this first session, so if you feel this is "your time," go for it!

If you have any questions about the program, email me at or call 480-663-3252.

10 Responses to “Announcing my new coaching program with StartupNation!”

  1. Arjun says:

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  2. ken's says:

    wow! u have great job. it’s very nice. and u r steps r realy well.
    Some of you may have visited the StartupNation site and found the content of their 10 Steps to Open for Business helpful.


  3. This is a great move for you and a plus for StartUpNation. Congratulations to all! This should be a huge success.

    All the best,

  4. Fantastic, Pam. You continue to be a model for individuals like me who are learning how to reach out with innovative services.

  5. MyMicroISV says:

    Micro-ISV business training from an expert

    I just noticed that Pamela Slim, Escape from Cubicle Nation, has teamed up with to offer a three month weekly course: 10 Steps to starting a Business. Pamela, besides being a really excellent blogger every exploited cube…

  6. Rich Sloan says:

    Pam, from the first 30 seconds of our initial conversation it was clear what a WINNER you are. I feel really lucky that we found a way to combine forces and do some good together!

    We are so PSYCHED about this intiative and the transformative power it will have for people who experience the personal guidance and support you will provide.

    We at StartupNation believe this is the beginning of something BIG.

    Graydon, regarding your quest for more nuts and bolts, i might recommend that you post your specific question in the StartupNation forums – no doubt SOMEONE in there has some great insight for you (without alterior motive), and more than likely, multiple people will step up. As soon as i see your post i will be sure to notify a few “experts” on the topic to respond with their perspectives.


  7. Graydon says:

    Just taking a quick scan of the info on Startup Nation it looks good and I wish you well.

    I’m just waiting for someone to come along with a more nuts / bolts type of how to that can walk me through how to get some good health insurance and transfer my 401k along with the many other details of leaving a corporate setting… can’t finish the financial analysis since I can’t find any trustworthy information on what stuff costs outside in the real world.

    Best of luck in the new offering.

    If anyone else has some resources, let me know.

  8. Leah Maclean says:

    Congratulations Pam!! This is well deserved and as you say proof of the power of collaboration and putting yourself out there. I will definitely be blogging about this in the next week.

  9. Pam,

    What a great class. I will be an eager student to learn from such great teachers.

    Your service is a perfect compliment to Startup Nation!

    Great Job!


  10. Congratulations Pam! This is fantastic. I am talking with my wife about participating in this program as we are off and running on a start-up idea of our own. I’ll keep you posted.