How I can help you

I help start-ups get going and existing businesses get better! I can help you think through your business concept, create a plan and understand how to finance your business. I can also help you create financial and sales projections and work with the accounting, cash flow, profit and loss, budgeting, record-keeping, and intellectual property (patents, copyrights and trademarks) issues you may confront. I also understand non-profit 501(C)s. I began my business career by starting a retail ski shop and building it to $1 million in sales. I sold that business when my daughter was born and became a stay-at-home mom-entrepreneur by opening a home-based portrait business that I sold 5 years later to return to school for an M.B.A. in Accounting and Finance. After receiving my M.B.A., Magna cum Laude, I worked as Assistant Controller/Systems Analyst at an Aluminum foundry and rolling mill in Ohio, then moved to Southern California to work as Project Financial Analyst and Internal Auditor at Hughes Aircraft, I managed budgeting, accounting, and financial reporting for several divisions at Disneyland Park. I left Disney to work as a Special Projects Consultant for Shell Oil, then spent 11-1/2 years at Digital Equipment Corporation as the Financial Manager for the Western States Vice President of Sales where I managed the budgeting, reporting, and awards programs for a 300 person sales force. I retired early and became a SCORE volunteer. Currently I work part-time doing marketing, accounting, and financial planning for a small family owned firm. In addition I run several small personal businesses (consulting for several former employers, painting/art beading and freelance writing), have served on non-profit boards, and occasionally perform with local theater groups.

Areas of Expertise

  • Accounting & Cash Flow
  • Business Plans / Startup Assistance
  • Government Regulations & Contracting
  • Marketing, Public Relations & Sales
  • Non-Profit
  • Operations
  • Other

Industry Experience

  • Other Services (except public admin.)
  • Accommodation & Food Services
  • Arts, Entertainment, & Recreation
  • Finance & Insurance
  • Manufacturing
  • Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services
  • Retail Trade

Bonnie Copeland

Communication Methods

  • Email