I specialize in providing personalized solutions to economic development organizations, small businesses, and non-profits.  I am particularly successful in responsive, affordable solutions for business acceleration, market strategies, product commercialization, communications, business intelligence, data analytics, and project management.

James B. Edmonson

Jim is an economic developer, entrepreneur, and business coach with 40 years of experience.  His business development efforts involved projects valued over $2 billion that created 6,000 new jobs.  His mentoring to small business and start-ups has led to the commercialization of over 20 products with anticipated sales of $400 million. 
His expertise is having an eye for detail, organization of information, being a change agent and monitoring progress through performance based measurements.

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 graduating cum laude;and a MA in planning from Western Illinois University graduating summa cum laude.  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.

He 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 a 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.

In several months, Jim will become a certified SCORE counselor.