Current Clients Bios Other Current and Past Clients
South Louisiana Economic Council - Quarterly Newsletter and economic development services.
LIGHTusaSpeed - Technical writing and prototype development support for this start-up company developing specialized LED lighting systems for the agricultural industry.
Energy Partners, LLC, a solar power innovator in West Michigan. EA prepared their business plan and is providing support in development or prototypes, marketing, and technical writing.
Grand Valley Sate University/Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center - Business Accelerator Fund. EA is the program manager.
5-Star convenient stores in Louisiana. EA provides bookkeeping and tax preparation services.
Havard Marchine, LLC, a Louisiana manufacturer. EA provides bookkeeping and tax preparation services
St. Mary Parish Office of Economic Development - Quarterly Newsletter
Tiger Audio - Bookkeeping and tax services
Sol Electrica Renewable Energy - Assisting start-up with proof of concept and prototype development for a more efficient energy turbine.
James B. Edmonson
Jim is an economic developer and project manager with 35 years of experience involved in projects valued over $2 billion. Managing large complex projects with complicated permitting issues is aspecialty of Jim’s. He has experience in constructing industrial parks in areas of endangered bats, residential subdivisions in protected dunes, a call center in a high density urban core, and office centers in difficult terrain. He managed the first offshore coastal restoration project in the State of Louisiana and, for the past 3 years, is Project Manager for Grand ValleyState University – Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center’s Lake Michigan Offshore Wind Assessment Project. Jim has extensive experience in writing bid specifications and placing projects out to bid in both the public and private environments. He is a serial business entrepreneur having formed and operated a transportation company, a retail store, a manufacturing company,and his current consulting firm. Edmonson Associates is a business management and accounting company that specializes in the needs of small business, entrepreneurs, non-profits, and economic development organizations.
Jim has a BS in geography and a minor in geology from Northern Michigan University;and a MA in planning from Western Illinois University. Jim has served as President and CEO of 6 private non-profits, served on dozens of community planning and zoning boards,and was a local elected official in Sackets Harbor, NY. His expertise is having an eye for detail, organization of information, being a change agent and monitoring progress through performance based measurements.
As a business consultant Jim has managed loan portfolios in excess of $25 million in value. He has written hundreds of business plans and he is a former business counselor for the South Louisiana Economic Council Technical Assistance NetworkProgram (Thibodaux, LA) and is currently the Business Accelerator Fund manager for Grand Valley State University (Grand Rapids, MI). In addition, Jim has operated 4 business incubators ranging in size from 2,000 square feet to as large as 1,000,000 square feet.
Alison D. Edmonson
Alison is a accounting and tax specialist, spiritual coach, and entrepreneur. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Nicholls State University and earned here CPA certificate in 2008. Alison's specialty is tax filings for business and assisting entrepreneurs and small business with financial management and business organization skills. She also counsels employees and business owners on the power of positive thinking, words, and thoughts. Alison has started several businesses including a delivery company, tax service, a retail store, a manufacturing business. Alison is a Junior Achievement volunteer.
Other Current and Previous Clients
Art Jam's – Business Plan for this Louisiana artist. Baton Rouge Area Chamber – Business Retention and Expansion Plan Boyne City, Michigan – Industrial Park Marketing Plan Central Louisiana Economic Alliance – Prepared a Regional Business Development Plan Dirt Works Products, LLC - EA prepared an executive summary that earned this Michigan company funds to develop its next proto-type Energy Partners, LLC – Business plan and seed capital assistance for this solar/battery innovator start-up in Michigan. Erdman Machine – Conducted an Energy Efficiency Study for this Michigan manufacturer Entergy Corporation – Business Attraction Strategy and Appointment Setting services for this Louisiana utility. Grand Valley State University - Project Manager Offshore Wind Assessment Greater New Orleans, Inc. – Business Attraction Strategy and Appointment Setting JMB Partnership – Prepared an Inventory of permits requiring wetland mitigation for this Louisiana corporation. Various research and marketing projects. Louisiana Industrial Development Executives Association – Prepared a 3-Year Strategic Plan for this non-profit. Louisiana Jobs for America's Graduates – Prepared an IRS Non-Profit Tax Status Application for this non-profit. Muskegon (Michigan) Community College – Prepared an EMS and Police Training Center Business Plan. North Lafourche (Louisiana) Conservation, Levee and Drainage District – Prepared a Capital Project Priority Plan. Pitre Fur and Alligator - EA assisted the company evaluate expansion plans for this meat processor in South Louisiana. Also negotiated and prepared sales agreement with national dog food company on behalf of Pitre. Puddle Innovations – Prepared a business plan and secured seed capital for this Michigan start-up. Spart LLC - Prepared documents that resulted in $42,000 in seed funds to launch its bio-digester technology for this Michigan business. Techeland Arts Council – Prepared an IRS Application 1023 for Tax Exempt Status for this Louisiana non-profit. Viking Tool and Engineering, Inc. – Prepared a Business Growth Strategy for this Michigan manufacturer Wechem, Inc. – Prepared a Business Expansion Plan and Site Selection Recommendations for this Louisiana business.