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ADVISOR BIOGRAPHY

Warren Cooley is an accomplished Senior Executive, Consultant, and Thought Leader with more than 50 years of success across the retail, financial services, recreation, entertainment, and real estate industries.  Leveraging extensive experience with strategic planning, implementation, and execution, he is a valuable advisor for a startup or an established organization looking to conduct feasibility studies for growth and expansion. His broad areas of expertise include economic development, strategy, business development, and communications.

Throughout his executive career, Warren has held leadership positions with EDCON/ Warren Cooley, LLC, Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business program, and VEDC. He has created 50 different business workshops that have been taught to 2,000 business owners, and prepared economic feasibility and planning studies for 500 businesses

For a more detailed look at his experience go to his websites - https://www.econdevconsult.com and https://warren-cooley.com

1975 - Present

Economic and Business Development Consultant - EDCON/ Warren Cooley, LLC

EDCON/ Warren Cooley, LLC

  • Prepared economic feasibility studies and plans for 500 businesses and development projects, including world's fairs held in Spokane, WA and Knoxville, TN.
  • Managed the construction of projects for the Marriott Corporation and ARCO.
  • Provided land acquisition/disposal services for several governmental entities.

2014 - Present

Business Advisor - Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses

  • Provide Business Advisor services for business owners selected for the 10,000 Small Businesses program. The number of businesses served is currently 150, and increases by 45-50 businesses per year.
  • Assist in preparation of financing plans for debt and equity.
  • Assist in the preparation of growth plans for businesses.

2000 - 2018

Managing Director, The Entrepreneur Center | Vice President of Operations, Vice President of Marketing, and Chief Operating Officer - VEDC

  • Member of executive team that grew the nonprofit to $9M in annual revenue with +$50M balance sheet.
  • Participated in expansion of services from a local SoCal-based organization to a national entity in New York, Chicago, Las Vegas, and Miami.
  • Managed the construction of the VEDC Entrepreneur Center, a $6M, 13.5K sq. ft. facility.

I’m Available To Advise On The Following Subjects

Business Development

Strategy

Economic Development

Communications

Company or executive-specific business strategy

Input and advice on a key project

Serve as a sounding board and second opinion on a key decision

Prepare feasibility studies for startup/ growth and expansion

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