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How to Start a Consulting Business

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Tue, Jun 7, 2016 @ 8:30 am - 10:30 am

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What does being a consultant really mean? What work do you do and what skills do you need? Who hires consultants, and why? How do you price your services? If you have questions about whether consulting is right for you and how to get started—and succeed—don’t miss this workshop.
Speaker: Lorie Skolski
 
 

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Lorie Skolski

Lorie K. Skolski
Principal & Chief Operating Officer,
DMS design, llc
Lorie co-founded DMS in 2006 with her husband Dan who manages the design side of the business. Lorie manages the operations and business side of DMS which includes the following functions: Accounting, Legal, HR, IT, Marketing, Business Development and staff management. She complements the architectural business by bringing her vast knowledge of creating processes, efficiencies and proven sales and marketing plans and techniques.

Lorie works closely with the project managers to quantify progress on every engagement and to track the various metrics associated with the timely and successful completion while creating efficiencies throughout the project. She brings high-caliber client management experience along with the ability to understand client issues and identify the best solutions.

Lorie has previously started two other consulting firms. In 2008, she co-founded ZeroPoint Risk Research, a data security firm in Boston. ZeroPoint worked with dozens of Fortune companies with a specialty in financial services. ZeroPoint had international clients as well as national work throughout the United States. ZeroPoint was merged with a larger consulting firm in 2014.

Lorie also founded in 2014, Staffing & Operations Solutions, LLC (“SOS”), a business consulting firm in Beverly. SOS had several clients on the North Shore that Lorie consulted on business processes and business plans. SOS is now in dormant status as Lorie has committed her time to growing DMS.

Lorie’s previous experience includes executive consultative business development roles specializing in business operations. She has extensive experience in relationship building, client management, problem-solving, and implementing solutions. Lorie’s industry focus has been manufacturing, technology and life sciences companies. She has worked with many Fortune 1000 companies as well as companies in the middle-market.

Lorie is currently on the Board of Directors for the North Shore Technology Council and has been involved with the Council in various roles for the last 9 years. Lorie has also had membership level involvement with the following organizations: Financial Executives International, International Accounts Payable Professionals, Institute of Management and Administration, Institute for Professionals in Taxation, Association of Computers in Taxation.

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