Jim’s first career was as an entrepreneur in Minneapolis, Minnesota where he founded or co-founded four businesses in sports related industries. The third of the four businesses grew to 200 employees before he sold it in 1990. The remaining three businesses were sold at intervals prior to 1990. Following his first career he moved to San Diego in 1990 where he began a writing career. Over the course of the following ten years he authored six published books, four of which were New York published and two self-published. The fourth book, Small Business for Dummies, was co-authored, is in its fifth edition, and has sold in excess of 500,000 copies.
In 1994 Jim moved to Bend where he continued his writing career and began a third career as a social entrepreneur. In the course of that career he has successfully completed three turnarounds; the Humane Society of Central Oregon, the Boys & Girls Club of Bend, and the Partnership to End Poverty. Additionally he has been either the founder or co-founder of Opportunity Knocks, the City Club of Central Oregon, CO 2-1-1 (social service phone referral service), Volunteer Connect and Lights On Publishing. He is past Board Chair of TEDxBend which he cofounded in 2012.
Jim also volunteers for Opportunity Knocks, consults with small businesses, facilitates a group of document management companies from around the U.S. and mentors/coaches dozens of small business owners and their staff. Jim’s wife Mary is a past small business owner in Bend and they spend their winter months in Tucson. Jim graduated from the University of Colorado with a degree in Economics.