Thrivident Retail Solutions
Thrivident is an industry leading solution to help retailers sell their old inventory. They do this by helping retailers turn their old inventory into cash, free up staff time to focus on the best customers and reallocate floor space to more profitable products.
The owner, Patton Gleason, approached Eric in his search to find someone who had a talent for analysis, extreme organization, high accountability and a vision that the work done today would yield results in the future. Thrivident was growing rapidly and Eric helped to identify areas for financial and operational improvement.
Patton Gleason - Founder of Thrivident Retail Solutions
Hiring Eric will go down as one of the three best decisions I've made in the last 10 years. There is a direct correlation to our growth as a company and my growth as a leader to his coming on board. He has provided a necessary talent to our business and as an awesome sounding board for me. He is the best parts of a CFO, mentor and analyst. LinkedIn
Riverstone is a Richmond based general contracting and construction management company serving areas throughout the state of Virginia. With a strong clear partnership approach, our growing commitment to excellence can be seen in over 8,500,000 square feet of commercial interiors completed in Corporate, Government, Historical, Industrial, Instititutional, Medical, and Retail establishments.
The owner, Amanda Wheeler, initially contacted Eric to obtain guidance and understanding of the finances of her 17+ year old family business. Furthermore, she was seeking an external resource to provide an alternative perspective and provide feedback and support of how best to grow the business moving forward.
I felt as though I was drowning in a sea of financial misunderstanding - Eric was my lifesaver! We now have systems in place which help to provide a clear picture of where we need to be and how to get there. It took several “therapy” sessions to boost my financial confidence however, Eric was incredibly patient with me and always offered a smile and a solution. He also provided me with some amazing financial contacts, including my accountant and banker, and has served as a liaison between. It is a wonderful feeling to know that your business finances are in competent hands.
Amanda Wheeler - Owner of Riverstone Revitalized
Curly Willow Spa
Curly Willow Spa is a concept that began early 2017 with the goal to turn insecurities in to empowerment for women. Located in the heart of Richmond, VA, owner Sam Glymph specializes in eyelash extensions and esthetics.
The owner of EDGe Business Planning, Eric Glymph (A.K.A my Dad), has helped me not only with business strategy and marketing but has also shown me how to start up a small business of my own. Eric saw my dream, believed in it, and took me through the steps I needed to open my spa doors.
Now both my Dad and I are small business owners. While we get the chance to bond over our experiences, we also get together every month to re-analyze my monthly records and look for our next financial step. Although I am his daughter and may be partial, EDGe will work with every client the same way he has worked with me. With EDGe Business Planning’s experience they will understand your mission and where you want to go and help you get there. LinkedIn
Sam Glymph - Owner of Curly Willow Spa
Endorphin Fitness exists to transform lives. They do this by unlocking a person’s potential through nationally recognized endurance coaching and fitness training as well as pairing them with the right gear to succeed through their retail store.
The owner Michael Harlow approached Eric in 2013 to help him gain a good understanding of Endorphin Fitness’ financial situation. Endorphin Fitness was growing rapidly and Michael wanted to make sure he understood the key drivers of his business and have a solid strategy to reach his goals.
Over the past 5 years the EDGe team has worked closely with Michael to develop a strategy to grow the business in Richmond and into other areas in northern and eastern Virginia. In addition, EDGe has helped Michael with:
Understanding the key profitability metrics in each part of Endorphin Fitness business
Creating a monthly budget which is used by department managers to set goals
Closely monitoring cash flow and improve cash flexibility
Implementing a new retail and inventory point of sale system for the retail shop
Eric is a consultant for my business, Endorphin Fitness. As a consultant, Eric has reviewed our financials and built a 3-year model that guides our daily decision making. His understanding of not only finance but all aspects of business has greatly impressed me. He has had a large impact on my business, and I am confident he would be a large asset for any other business as well. LinkedIn
Michael Harlow - Owner of Endorphin Fitness
The Wireless Experience
The Wireless Experience is a multi-state AT&T Authorized retailer for AT&T products and services including wireless phones, tablets, Digital Life, and DirecTV. The Wireless Experience has been growing rapidly over the past few years and the owner Brian Wainwright was looking for guidance to properly manage this growth and set goals for his business. In addition to developing a budget and key metrics to track the business, Eric also worked with Brian on reviewing potential growth opportunities. EDGe continues to work closely with Brian and his team to profitably manage growth.
Working with Eric and his team at EDGe has been extremely impactful for my business. Initially we worked together to develop a budget for our multi-unit business but what I received in addition was the education in understanding it in a clear concise manner. The next evolution was reporting on additional metrics we had not contemplated previously in how to better analyze the activities tied to the budget and the financial health of the organization.
Brian Wainwright - CEO of The Wireless Experience
CreativeMktGroup helps small businesses and entrepreneurs maximize their marketing potential by focusing on the essence of their brand and creatively promoting their story. With Natalie’s unique approach, capabilities and compelling offerings, her business outgrew her ability to manage the invoicing, bookkeeping, cashflow, and overall financial management of her company.
Upon working together, Eric quickly gathered the facts and financial goals, developed a cash flow analysis and budget, then continuously provided recommendations and consulting for reaching those financial goals. After a few months of adding structure, processes, and organization to CreativeMktGroup’s business financials, Natalie is continually setting new monthly goals for her business which will allow her business to further support the growth of other small businesses and entrepreneurs.
EDGe Business Planning serves as my business’ Fractional Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and as such, I can depend on them to fully support all financial aspects of my business. Eric’s professional experience, simplistic processes and his ability to communicate with full transparency about the financial status of my business, has given me the ability to grow my business to new levels which allows me to help other businesses grow.
Natalie Toalson McNamara - Creative Marketing Consultant / Founder, CreativeMktGroup
Green Dreams Lawn Care & Property Management
Green Dreams Lawn Care and Property Management is a rapidly growing residential and commercial lawn and property grounds maintenance business based in Richmond, VA. The owner, Trevor, approached EDGe to help him understand his financial situation better and develop a plan for growth. His business was growing rapidly but he didn’t want to continue to grow until he felt comfortable he could grow profitably.
Eric met with Trevor and discussed Trevor’s business and personal goals. Eric and his team 1st reviewed his current financial data and prepared a financial review of his current business. They then developed a monthly budget with metrics that Trevor used to track his actual results each month for both his residential and commercial business. Green Dreams continues to grow and Trevor is working with EDGe to make sure he has the financial resources needed to sustain this growth.
EDGe has helped me understand my financials on a deep level. They have presented data to me in an easy to understand way that allows me to implement operational changes, make more precise estimates, and figure out what services are the most profitable. EDGe has taken the time to understand my industry and help me achieve my goals professionally and personally.
Trevor Danneman - Owner of Green Dreams Lawn Care & Property Management
Integrative Partners is a committed provider of leadership development for individuals, teams, and their organizations to perform more effectively at all these levels and ensure their sustainable success.
As we were closing our books for the current year, the process of converting to Quickbooks was frankly - overwhelming. In just a short meeting with EDGe, they helped us break the process into manageable steps that made the process not only become doable, but actually something that we were now looking forward to finally accomplishing. Not only was EDGe professional, they were also compassionate and understanding.
Petra Platzer, PhD, ACC - President & Chief Co-Creator