Connectworks Expands Operations in Metro Portland Oregon To Help Drive Future Recovery of Small and Mid-Sized Businesses

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As economic indicators start to point toward a recovery, strategy and market consultant, Connectworks, is among the first to build capacity in the Pacific Northwest to position itself to help their clients reset their companies and gain momentum for renewed growth and profits. ConnectWorks is a leader in this movement, adding both staff and services to its operation to meet the expanding needs of the small to medium sized business owners and managers in the area.

Kathie Nelson, founder and CEO of Connectworks (http://www.kathienelson.com), a consulting company that helps business owners and leaders turbo-charge their small and medium-sized businesses, has announced a major expansion of her company's services in the greater Portland-OR metropolitan area.

"The time to get ready for the recovery is now," Nelson said. "So Connectworks is leading by example; we're ramping up our operations so that we can help others ramp up theirs."

The expansion at Connectworks includes adding several senior associates to her team as well as broadening her company's business strategy and marketing offerings such as customized social media, financial and funding strategies, and new marketing processes.

In making her decision to expand this fall, Nelson pointed to several studies that are predicting the changing winds of the economic landscape. For example, The Conference Board recently reported that the August "Consumer Confidence Index" has rebounded from its earlier summer doldrums. What's more, the Board's "Present Situation Index" increased slightly in August as a result of an improvement in consumers' assessment of the job market. (For more information, see http://www.conference-board.org)

"Many signs are pointing to an improving economic road map," Nelson noted. "And when that happens smart business owners start their engines, get pointed in a profitable direction and take their feet off the brakes. We at Connectworks want to help them take these steps and win the race for returning customers."

According to Nelson, Connectworks' new staff and new offerings will help her company meet the growing demand from Oregon businesses for recovery-ready business strategies and innovative marketing programs.

"Kathie Nelson has already helped us immensely to be proactive in attracting new clients and increasing our reputation in the marketplace. Her new services will serve us even better as we build our portfolio during this recession," said Judith McGee, president of McGee Financial Strategies, Inc., (http://www.mcgeenet.com), a client of Connectworks and a firm that has been recognized as one of the country's leading financial planners for more than two decades.

According to Kathy Maixner, founder and president of SellingSmart (http://www.sellingsmartonline.com) and head of the local chapter of the Institute of Management Consultants, "Kathie is a trendsetter among management consultants in the Portland metropolitan area. She should be praised for her vision to expand her consulting and advisory services at this point in time, right on the cusp of this recovery."

Kathie Nelson started Connectworks in 2002 after having launched two other business ventures earlier in her career. Her clients include highly talented visionary leaders who are forward thinking, talented and committed to serving their customers in a sustainable and supportive manner. Kathie is a three-time author, highly sought-after speaker, top-tier business strategist, and coach. She is an active regional board member of the Institute of Management Consultants, a lifetime achievement winner from the Women Entrepreneurs of Oregon and a founding member of eWomen Network in Portland. Her "Networking for BusyPeople"™ and "Focus Formula for Busy People"™ curriculum continue to help entrepreneurs get more of what they want from their business and personal lives.

For more information or for setting up an interview, contact: Patricia Coate, 503-336-4151.

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