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EA Manages Year 3 Lake Michigan Offshore Wind Project for GVSU

December 2013 - Edmonson Associates contract is renewed for its third year of project management for the GVSU Offshore Wind Assessment Project.  The $2.2 million program oversees and gathers data from the only offshore floating platform in the Great Lakes that can measure wind speeds a hub height.  See Link below for more details about the project.

http://gvsu.edu/gvnow/index.htm?articleId=FBCAA8B8-C4BB-F285-4171F1CA8675DEE2 

EA Manages GVSU Business Accelerator Fund for Second Year

December 2013 - The Business Accelerator Fund (BAF), managed by the Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center (MI-SBTDC) at Grand Valley, will allow MAREC to identify and enable qualified Michigan companies in high-priority sectors to pursue business development grants up to $50,000. The program launched in December 2011 with $3.5 million in state funds and MAREC is one of 15 Michigan SmartZones eligible for the program.

Accelerator services through BAF focus on business milestones, such as positioning a company to attract private capital, developing a stronger business plan or marketing strategy and securing its first customer. Service providers may be consulting firms, law firms, universities, manufacturers, engineers and others that enhance business growth.

Services that can be funded through BAF will address needs for business plans, market research, patent searches, employee agreements, technology development, internships, access to expertise, prototyping and product testing.

Current Clients

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. (see about us for details).                                                                    

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

Puddle Innovations, LLC, a office furniture/conference technology start-up in West Michigan.  EA prepared their business plan and other assistance to help secure start-up funds for the company.

St. Mary Parish Office of Economic Development - Quarterly Newsletter

Tiger Audio - Bookkeeping and tax services

Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center - Quarterly Newsletter

Louisiana Industrial Development Executives Association - Provides economic data for their quarterly newsletter on a volunteer basis.

Pitre Fur and Alligator - Negotiated and prepared product sales agreement with large national food company on behalf of Pitre.

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 a specialty 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 Valley State 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 Network Program (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.
Dirt Works Products, LLC - EA prepared an executive summary that earned this Michigan company funds to develop its next proto-type
Greater New Orleans, Inc. – Business Attraction Strategy and Appointment Setting
Energy Partners, LLC – Business plan and seed capital assistance for this solar/battery innovator start-up in Michigan.
Entergy Corporation – Business Attraction Strategy and Appointment Setting services for this Louisiana utility.
Baton Rouge Area Chamber – Business Retention and Expansion Plan
Boyne City, Michigan – Industrial Park Marketing Plan
JMB Partnership – Prepared an Inventory of permits requiring wetland mitigation for this Louisiana corporation.
Techeland Arts Council – Prepared an IRS Application 1023 for Tax Exempt Status for this Louisiana non-profit.
Erdman Machine – Conducted an Energy Efficiency Study for this Michigan manufacturer
Central Louisiana Economic Alliance – Prepared a Regional Business Development Plan
Viking Tool and Engineering, Inc. – Prepared a Business Growth Strategy for this Michigan manufacturer
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.
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.
Wechem, Inc. – Prepared a Business Expansion Plan and Site Selection Recommendations for this Louisiana business.