Commendations for Jim Flowers, Director of VT KnowledgeWorks

Jim Flowers, director of business acceleration center VT KnowledgeWorks and author of the blog So You Want to Launch a Business, heads to Paris in mid-December. 

Jim has been invited to share his words of wisdom at the 7th Annual Incubator Conference & Awards – Best Practices in Science Based Incubators, organized by The Technopolicy Network, to be held in Paris, France, December 11-12, 2008.  Jim will give a plenary talk on December 11 and lead a breakout roundtable session on December 12 (Here's the program .pdf.)

The words of Jim Flowers are valued by those at VT KnowledgeWorks as well.

We offer these words about Jim Flowers to congratulate him on his selection as speaker, to wish him the very best on his trip abroad, and to honor him for his own inimitable Moxie, the Magic he works with our companies for our Markets, and his invaluable role as our Mentor.


"Jim Flowers has done our company a great service by developing the VTKnowledgeWorks program and creating our local Presidents' Council.  Presidents' Council facilitates learning and growth and continues to inspire me."
–Nanci Hardwick, CEO, Schultz-Creehan Holdings, Inc.

"Start-ups are a challenge a minute, and Jim is up to every one of them. A superb networker, he keeps connecting the right people to the projects in a timely fashion. Always posing friendly suggestions and what ifs are an absolute necessity of what he does so well. VTKW has great leadership with Jim at the helm, and the quantity and quality of the companies he has helped launch are clear evidence of his value. Jim has made VTKW what it is because Jim makes it happen!"
–Wally Newton, CFO, Portaqua

"'How do you get into a market  with a 900-pound gorilla already in there??' I asked.  'We are just trying to get a piece of the market share,' was Jim's answer.  He certainly gave me hope and confidence that it can be done."
–Dr. Norman Kwan, BioHexTM One Piece-One StageTM System

"Jim's mentoring ability has helped keep us moving forward, encouraging when needed, questioning when warranted. He has been a trusted guide through the journey of breaking into a new market."
–Christina McIntyre, Innovative Academic Solutions, LLC

"Jim has been an excellent source of information, guidance and, at times, just a shoulder to lean on. Portaqua is grateful to be part of VT KnowledgeWorks and the team that Jim has been able to establish in his short time at Tech."
–Rafael Gonzalez, President/CEO, Portaqua

"Jim has a great way of helping entrepreneurs of all descriptions, from first-timers to experienced serial entrepreneurs, to hone their strategies and accelerate their businesses. His depth of experience, insightful market assessments and enthusiastic support keep things a little less lonely at the top!"
–Daryl Scott, President/CEO, Attaain, Inc.
 "Jim helped us identify weakness in our marketing and pricing strategy; we addressed both at once and feel we are now far more competitive thanks to Jim!!"
–Frances M. Lynch, CEO, THC Technologies Corp

"Jim has been extremely helpful with financial issues–thinking through pricing, budgets, financial tracking, how to structure investor opportunities, and how to plan for growth."
–Andrew Cohill, President and CEO, Design Nine, Inc.

"Without Jim, I would not start my business.  He has been a great teacher with incredible levels of wisdom, energy, positive attitude, and passion."
–Guo-Quan Lu, Founder, President and CEO, NBE Technologies, LLC

"Becoming part of the Presidents' Council has been one of the best decisions I have made recently.  The advice from Jim and the other members has been inspiring, challenging and supportive.  Jim has been able to ask relevant questions, make suggestions, and help place us in a supportive environment from the very start. We will continue to look to the VT KnowledgeWorks community for strategic partnership, help and advice."
–VT KnowledgeWorks member company CEO in development mode
 "Jim has been an inspired source of insight and ideas to me as I've worked to build my product and the business that will bring it to market."
–Fred McDavid, Founder, President and CEO, Landmetrics

"Working with Jim Flowers on a daily basis has been nothing but entertaining, interesting and an incredible learning experience.  I appreciate his clever and applicable stories, witty humor and, most importantly, his passion to help others achieve good things.  He is the heart of VT KnowledgeWorks and has been a remarkable mentor, friend and confidante to countless start-ups and operating businesses." 
–Lindsey Eversole, Member Services Manager, VT KnowledgeWorks

"Thanks to Jim Flowers and his mentoring of me as an entrepreneur and as a company founder, I have an elite position in the statistics for start-ups–I'm still in business."
–Anne Giles Clelland, Founder, President and CEO, Handshake Media, Incorporated

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