Originally Published: May 8, 2012 9:55 p.m.
Deborah Mainville-Knight has built a career helping business owners attain success.
Mainville-Knight opened Mind Your Own Business Consulting this past August in the Montezuma Center at 140 N. Montezuma St., Suite 102.
"If you don't mind your own business, you're not going to have one," she said. "I help businesses either get started, grow or expand by making it easier to get success faster."
Mainville-Knight is a coach of sorts who helps for-profit and nonprofit business owners reach their objectives.
"We stay on track so that we accomplish more than people think is possible in a shorter period of time than most people do in business," she said.
The process begins when Mainville-Knight meets with clients to hear their objectives. She then nails down the desired goals and crafts a plan to attain them.
"I create consensus so that the people at the table have the impetus and the commitment to make the plan they come up with successful," she said.
Working as a facilitator, Mainville-Knight reviews the operations of the business and helps owners with streamlining, organizing and assessing what's going on so that they can move operations forward.
"I create the environment for all these companies and businesses to succeed," she said.
Finding career success is something that Mainville-Knight has her own experience in. A former freelance reporter, Mainville-Knight got training in meeting facilitation at the former Motorola University in Phoenix in the 1990s, where she connected with a mentor who became a guiding light for her career.
Mainville-Knight also spent time as a motivational trainer for Travelers Insurance Co. and is co-founder of the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine & Health Sciences in Tempe.
Mainville-Knight said her fee varies depending on the client and desired goals. She has special rates for nonprofits, she added.
"It's very gratifying because it really does help people and teams and nonprofits," she said. "I see how it happens; I see how it works."
Mind Your Own Business Consulting is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and by appointment. For more information, call 602-430-0744 or visit www.mindyourownbusinessconsulting.com.