Business degrees, MBAs, and years in the corporate world taught us that the primary objective of business is to maximize profit for the shareholders. We learned the business rigor and financial strategies to optimize the organizational performance to achieve a desired result – profit.
Then life, travel, volunteering and working in a non-profit illuminated the positive impact that business could have if it returned to its roots and focused on providing value to society, including but not exclusively the shareholders. We also witnessed the inefficiency associated with so many mission driven entities where teams labor diligently however their impact is stifled by limited financial understanding or financial management.
Finally, we worked with dozens of purpose driven entrepreneurs who had the creative/technical/visionary skill to offer incredible products and services, but lacked the business acumen to grow and lead their businesses to the next level. Thus, both the profit and the impact they pursued were limited.
The problem was consistent, the leader didn’t have the business background or skill required nor the capital / cash flow to hire a full time CFO.
From this need Business Stewardship Partners was born, a partner committed to helping you steward your organization to achieve the financial and impact objectives you seek.
· Business is a tool to create and distribute value to all the stakeholders
· All organizations benefit from business management, even if profit isn’t the motive
· Stewarding a business is a great responsibility and we take our role seriously
Business mentors are key—that’s why when it comes to client selection, we’re choosy. We want to give each of you the time and guidance you deserve. Whether you’re seeking a strategic alliance with the right partner or a special skillset or tool, call us today. Together we’ll create and refine your plan for success. We didn’t get there alone. And neither will you.
John built his career in the private sector, where he has extensive experience in financial and business strategy. He previously served as the business manager for international programs, leading the proposal, negotiation and management of more than $500M in contracts. Meanwhile he served as the founding board president of a community development non-profit. In 2017 John left corporate America to focus on using business as a tool for positive change and transitioned to consulting social enterprises in Guatemala and then serving as the Director of Business Development and Strategy for a social enterprise startup. He holds a Bachelors of Finance from NMSU and an MBA from Southern Methodist University.
While working at a Fortune 100 company in corporate finance, Claire became an expert at financial analysis, financial planning, and financial interpretation & reporting. Claire served as the founding CFO of a startup social enterprise managing everything from bookkeeping to bank relations and investment modeling. Claire masterfully analyzes data and transforms it into meaningful and actionable information for business leaders.