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Barbara Findlay Schenck

I'm a small business success advocate and the author of books and columns that help entrepreneurs and small business leaders plan, brand, market and, when they're ready, sell their businesses to new owners. My background: I was admissions director and a writing instructor at Hawaii Loa College (now part of Hawaii Pacific University on Oahu) and an account executive at Hawaii's largest public relations firm before joining the Peace Corps to manage a community develop program in Malaysia with my husband, Peter. Upon return from Southeast Asia we launched a marketing agency in Oregon which grew to one of the Northwest's Top 15 by the time we sold it in 1995. Since then, I've produced the following business success aids:

* Author, Small Business Marketing Kit For Dummies
* Co-Author, Business Plans Kit For Dummies
* Co-Author, Branding for Dummies
* Author, Selling Your Business for Dummies
* Author, the BizBuySell Guide to Selling Your Small Business
* Co-writer, Edgar Award-nominated memoir Portraits of Guilt
* Lesson developer, Microsoft Small Business Relationship program
* Marketing Specialist, presented by Visa and Microsoft
* Columnist and marketing anchor, presented by Sprint and Microsoft
* Contributor, American Express Open Forum and other business sites
* Presenter, 10-hour creativeLIVE Powerful Business Planning online course