Tom Shay's experiences as a fourth generation small business owner provide him with the knowledge and background to present tried and proven ideas to assist owners, managers, and staff with the day to day operation of their business. During the 25 plus years that Tom was a part of the family business, the businesses were ongoing laboratories for the techniques that Tom shares.
He presents proven and time tried ideas on the topics of business strategy, marketing, staff education, sales, and financial management.
A native of Fort Smith, Arkansas, Tom started his first job working in his grandfather's general store. Tom moved to Florida to join his parents in the family operation they had purchased in 1971. Over the next 26 years, the Shay family owned and operated three businesses. In 1997, Tom sold the business to devote full time to the development of seminars and writing magazine columns and books.
In addition to providing proven business building ideas through his writings in over 75 trade publications, Tom has authored twelve books on small business management and a college text book on small business accounting. As a speaker, Tom has earned the Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) distinction, an honor that has been earned by less than 8% of speakers worldwide.
Tom and his wife Marilyn reside in St. Petersburg, Florida with their twin sons Darren and Blake.
Connecting the dots within the Main Street District Businesses deals with the issue that many Main Street district managers and volunteers face on a daily basis; how do you get the businesses to participate? Tom will show that while media events are important, they have to compliment what is going on in the district instead of being the focal point.
Reports from the US Census Bureau show as companies have downsized, and individuals decide they want to own their own business, there are more and more new small businesses being started. Yet, some 95% will not be in business to have their 5th anniversary sale, and only half of those will celebrate their 10th anniversary. Businesses with many years of experience are not immune to this problem. See why, small businesses don't die, they inadvertently commit suicide!