Alameda Chamber of Commerce

Small Business ThinkTank

If you enjoy Shark Tank, understand the value of a Power Team, and would like to learn from a diverse panel of business experts who are skilled in helping businesses like yours get to the next level then you will want to be part of the Alameda Small Business Think Tank sponsored by the Alameda Chamber of Commerce.

The Think Tank is an interactive panel session involving a pre-selected group of local business owners who have the opportunity to pitch their idea and get advice on their new business from our team of business experts. The Think Tank advisors will share insights and helpful information focused on specific aspects of business including human resources, strategic planning, marketing and financial considerations. This is sure to be a fun and enlightening session.

Meet the Panel

Susan Strong
Business Coach

Susan has over 30 years in Fortune 500, growth and start-up businesses coaching executives in the development of superior systems, processes, and leadership skills. Her expertise includes developing organizational efficiencies, creating strategic plans and honing management capabilities. Susan has global experience in Europe and Asia and is currently Chairman of the Business Advisory Board for the Diablo Valley College Business School and is also an advisor to the John F Kennedy University Business Advisory Board.


Michael McDonough ImageMichael McDonough
Sr. Financial Services Representative
Principal Financial Group

For over 25 years Michael McDonough has helped business leaders find financial solutions to both business and individual challenges. Michael specializes in helping small to mid-sized businesses with strategic financial opportunities including executive benefits and succession planning. He is President of the Alameda, California Chamber of Commerce, serves on the Argosy University Business Advisory Board and on the College of Alameda Entrepreneur and Business Advisory Board.



Andy Lambert ImageAndy Lambert
Growth Strategist
AL Growth Strategies

Andy Lambert is a marketing expert dedicated to helping entrepreneurs grow meaningful, profitable businesses by communicating complex ideas and translating cutting edge theories into hands-on strategies and solutions that you can understand and use today to take your business to the next level. Andy is also an adjunct professor teaching undergraduate Business Strategy at the College of Business at San Francisco State University.



Doug Waite ImageDoug Waite

Doug Waite is a sole proprietor CPA in the Alameda, CA area that provides tax compliance and planning services to small business owners and their families. In addition, Doug assists small business owners with their accounting and finance matters to ensure that companies maintain a positive cash flow and are able to make sound business decisions.



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Bob Arzt
Polaris One

Bob is author of What Every Salesperson Knows, a no nonsense guide to sales success and creator of The Time Management Boot Camp. His company specializes in partnering with individuals and companies to increase sales, customer loyalty, producer retention, and personal productivity. Bob brings 30 years of experience in these areas.



Phil Holt
Sunbelt Business Brokers

Phil Holt is a Certified Business Broker and principal broker/owner of Sunbelt Business Brokers of San Francisco/Oakland. Phil facilitates the buying or selling of profitable small to medium sized businesses. He is a member of the International Business Brokers Association, the California Association of Business Brokers and is Vice President of the Alameda Chamber of Commerce. Phil is a former Navy SEAL Team and has owned 10 businesses in diverse fields such a wireless communications, marine contracting and management consulting



sd-5-240x300Scott Dallas
Law Offices of Scott R. Dallas

Scott Dallas is an attorney in solo practice offering high-quality and affordable legal services for individuals, entrepreneurs and small businesses, with core emphasis in business, employment and trademark legal services. A free 30-minute initial consultation is available to prospective clients.