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Jordan and Jan Ayan

Jordan and Jan Ayan are serial entrepreneurs that have been Married with Business for the past 20 years. Together they bootstrapped and built several companies. In 2000 they launched a new technology company focused on helping any business create and send permission-based email communications with ease. The company, SubscriberMail, was a pioneer in the non-spam email marketing space. On December 31, 2009 they were acquired by a public company who was also a client. At that time, their customers ranged from start-ups to Fortune 10 companies (including two of the few brands people actually tattoo on their bodies – Apple and Harley-Davidson). Their business was based in Chicago, but after the sale and tired of shoveling snow, they moved their permanent home to Scottsdale. Today they have a consulting practice that helps businesses quickly identify growth and company issues, and develop innovative implementable solutions. RSVP for your spot.


Michael Ellenby

Born in Australia, and now an Arizona resident, Michael’s business career spans F500 companies including IBM, GE, Cisco, Pitney Bowes, as well as VP/SVP Sales & Marketing positions in 3 technology start-up companies. I have an MBA in International Management from University of RMIT (Australia), from their Singapore campus. I have taught sales and presentation skills classes. Michael is available the first Monday of every month from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. RSVP for your spot.

Francine Hardaway

Most entrepreneurs have an idea. It then has to become a product. Then it has to become a business and a company. Francine brings products to market by walking entrepreneurs through all those stages including. pricing, finance, and market planning.  Market research and evangelism. Connections to resources. Visit Stealthmode.com for a full picture of what she can offer. Francine is available the third Wednesday of the month at Gangplank Avondale and the fourth Tuesday of the month at Gangplank Chandler from 1:30-4:30pm. RSVP for your spot.

Derek Neighbors

Derek Neighbors is a serial entrepreneur who helps people bring ideas to reality. Prior to co-founding Gangplank, Derek spent fifteen years as a software engineer, formed the largest non-profit soccer organization in Arizona, and helped launch Integrum Technologies a successful software consulting firm. Derek enjoys encouraging local creatives to explore innovative ideas and create what they are passionate about.

Ed Nusbaum

Ed Nusbaum has helped start and grow many different companies and organizations – via both creative bootstrapping and venture capital. Meet with Ed if you are doing something Internet related and want some additional perspective on tactics, strategy, business model, etc. Request an appointment.

Stuart Preston

Have a great business idea? Talk with Stuart! Stuart Preston is the founder of MyBusiness Advisors, Inc. author of the book, Small Business Fitness, and currently serves on Advisory Boards for several local tech startups. Stuart’s business plans have helped entrepreneurs acquire funding from the SBA, private investors, and even Grandma. An entrepreneur himself, Stuart offers real advice based on real experience. He has a Computer Engineering Degree from Arizona State University and an MBA in Entrepreneurship from Keller Graduate School of Management. Stuart is available the third Tuesday of the month from 3:00-6:00 pm. RSVP for your spot.


Derek Harris

As a seasoned business analyst & business developer, Derek Harris is successful at executing corporate vision and strategies that help increase your company’s footprint, expand market share and generate sustainable revenue and EBIT gains.  He has over 25 years business experience in transportation, construction, pro sports & entertainment and management consulting. Specializing in startups and emerging companies, Derek co-founded Zagg Media Partners – Strategic Growth Advisors. He serves as senior business strategist. Derek is available the first Tuesday of the month from 1:00-4:00pm. RSVP for your spot.

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Christie Kerner

Through her varied experiences from building her own businesses, working for Fortune 100 companies and coaching local business owners to create profit, Christie developed an innovative process for launching small businesses to success.  She loves helping service-related businesses learn the nuts and bolts they need to be successful, especially in the areas of strategic planning, efficiency, branding, marketing, SEO, social media, WordPress website design and small biz accounting.  Christie currently enjoys helping others make a living doing what they love at launchmie.com.  She also leads an international chain of dance fitness studios she founded and licensed. Request an appointment: Days and evenings available.

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