Irvington, NY (PRWEB) June 19, 2010
If the recession has a silver lining, it lies in the growth of new small businesses. Recognizing a gap between entrepreneurial talent and start-up expertise, serial entrepreneur and Irvington, NY resident Paul Lewis recently launched Start Me Up to help get small businesses up and running quickly, cost-effectively, and in a hassle-free manner. The new company handles all aspects of the start-up process -- from beginning to end -- for business in all industries.
The first company of its kind in the region, Start Me Up does everything from business plan review and setting up a start-up’s legal structure to ordering and installing a suitable phone system. New business owners deal directly with Paul Lewis on a one-to-one basis throughout the entire process, which is customized to fit their individual needs with as many or as few services as required. Since operations tasks generally vary little from industry to industry, Start Me Up is able to lend its expertise to any and all new start-ups. The company also utilizes a network of highly qualified sub-contractors personally overseen by Lewis.
According to the Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurial Activity, a leading indicator of new-business creation in the U.S., the number of new businesses created during the 2007-2009 recession years increased steadily each year by approximately 4 percent. Much of this growth likely is fueled by small business. In Westchester County, for example, 84 percent of businesses have fewer than 10 employees.
“Small businesses comprise a major portion of Westchester County's economic landscape, and that diversity is helping us weather this current recession better than other regions throughout the country heavily dependent on one major industry,” said Laurence Gottlieb, Westchester County's Director of Economic Development, in a recent interview. “We've seen many new small businesses open throughout this recession, including 415 start-ups in 2009 alone. As more people seek the path to entrepreneurship, we anticipate further growth in 2010 and beyond.”
“Our services free up new business owners to focus on what’s most important to them – increasing sales, revenue, and profitability,” explains Start Me Up President and Founder Paul Lewis. “Entrepreneurs and CEOs can select from a comprehensive menu of services. The one-time cost for our services eliminates unnecessary staff overhead once the new business is up and running.”
Paul Lewis has decades of experience and a proven track record in handling all aspects of launching new companies. His broad-based expertise has evolved over 25 years of managing operations of both small and large businesses, including Chase and Prodigy. Lewis has a B.S. degree in Operations Research from M.I.T. and an M.B.A. in Operations Management from Wharton. He has lived in Irvington for the past 23 years with his wife, Ellen, and son, Adam.
“Paul’s diversified background was absolutely essential when we worked with him to launch our company,” says Ed Merhige, Managing Director of the Resnick Search Group. “He is very solution-oriented and has the expertise and resources to handle business start-ups with complete proficiency.”
Start Me Up’s array of services covers the areas of business plan review, financial/legal planning, office space negotiation and set-up, marketing, and human resources. For start-ups looking for periodic consultation to keep operations running smoothly, the company also offers a quarterly business review and assessment with their On-Track Program. A Primer Program, available for $995, caters to entrepreneurs interested in a flat-fee business plan review and includes a written assessment and list of suggested vendors.
“We are the equivalent of a general contractor for business start-ups,” explains Lewis. “We do whatever is necessary to ready a new business for long-term success.”
For additional information or a one hour complimentary consultation, contact Paul Lewis at 914-674-6129 or visit Start Me Up online at http://www.startmeup-ny.com.
About Start Me Up
Start Me Up (http://www.startmeup-ny.com) helps get small businesses up and running quickly, cost-effectively, and in a hassle-free manner. Located in Westchester County, the company physically handles all aspects of the start-up process from beginning to end for businesses in all industries. Clients select as many or as few of the available services to meet their individual needs. Services are in the areas of business plan review, financial/legal planning, office space negotiation and set-up, marketing, and human resources. Ongoing consultation is available with Start Me Up’s On-Track Program, which includes a quarterly business review and assessment with President and Founder Paul Lewis. A Primer Program is also offered for entrepreneurs interested in a flat-fee business plan review and assessment with a list of suggested vendors.