Free, one-on-one consulting for creative arts businesses. By appointment only and open to the public; discuss ideas, strategies, and tactics with local professionals.
See links below to schedule your appointment.
- 1st Mondays 6-8pm: Non-profits - Richard Binswanger
- 1st Mondays 6-8pm: Grant Writing - Amy Miller
- 1st Wednesdays 6-8pm: Business Strategy - Richard Genzer
- 1st Wednesdays 6-8pm: Legal - Frank Taney
- 2nd Mondays 6-8pm: Accounting - Mat Tecosky
- 2nd Wednesdays 6-8pm: Music Business - Andy Hurwitz
- 3rd Mondays 6-8pm: Social Media - Todd Hestand
- 3rd Mondays 6-8pm: Intellectual Property / Patent - Clark Jablon
- 3rd Wednesdays 6-8pm: Marketing - Aaron McLean
- 3rd Wednesdays 6-8pm: Press Relations - Peter Key
- 4th Mondays 6-8pm: Web Design - Chris Garvin
Consultant's availability may vary by month.
Location: 211 S Broad St, Rooms 900 and 901A, University of the Arts
Cancellations: Must be made 24 hours in advance either through the ohours scheduler or with the advisor directly. Consulting sessions may be refused due to frequent cancellations under 24 hours or no-shows.
About the consultants:
Accounting: Mat Tecosky, CPA - a founder of Bush Tecosky Goodman Feldman LLC and author of Your Service Business-- Earn More Stress Less has over 40 years of business and accounting experience. His expertise, much of which was developed advising those in the creative industries, covers all aspects of business including choice of entity, decision making, marketing, accounting, operations, finance, billing and client relationships. Tecosky was also a senior executive at a 120-store retail chain prior to starting his own accounting and business advisory practice. Schedule at http://ohours.org/mattecosky.
Business Strategy: Led by Richard Genzer, 10+ years as sole proprietor of a management consultancy specializing in strategic planning, new product development, technology, web / ecommerce, outsourcing and fund raising / due diligence. Prior to consulting, Richard held senior level positions (CTO, EVP, VP) in 4 startups (3 successful) spanning 15 years. Schedule at http://ohours.org/rgenzer.
Grant Writing: Led by Amy Miller, oboist and Director of Institutional Relations (corporate, foundation, and governmental funding) at Curtis Institute of Music. She has served on grant evaluation panels for the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the Philadelphia Cultural Fund. Schedule at http://ohours.org/amiller.
Intellectual Property / Patent: Led by Clark Jablon, Founding Partner at Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel. Clark is a registered patent attorney having more than 29 years of experience in patent law, including eight years as a Patent Examiner with the USPTO. Clark focuses his practice on all phases of patent prosecution in the fields of electronics, computer hardware and software, and internet technologies. Schedule at http://ohours.org/cjablon.
Legal: Led by Frank Taney, Shareholder at Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC. Advises on legal matters related to commercial litigation, information technology (IT), intellectual property, antitrust and construction as well as dispute avoidance and business counseling. Schedule at http://ohours.org/scarylawyer.
Marketing: Led by Aaron McLean, Creative Director & Executive VP of Eight Eleven Inc. Advises on matters related to B2B and consumer marketing, branding, web, digital media and public relations. Schedule at http://ohours.org/aaronmclean.
Music Business: Led by Andy Hurwitz, Department Chair of the University of the Arts Music, Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology program. He has twenty years of experience in the music business industry serving as a consultant, attorney, and founder of an independent label. Schedule at http://ohours.org/ahurtwitz.
Non-profits: Led by Richard Binswanger, Managing Principal for Non-profits at The Clearview Group and Founder of the Innovadium, with extensive experience in working with very early stage start-ups, especially those aiming to do some ‘social good’.. He has served at all levels of non-profit operations and currently serves on the Boards of Mural Arts, Startup Corps, Green Light Foundation, and several charter schools. Schedule at http://ohours.org/rbinswanger.
Press Relations: Led by Peter Key, Staff Writer for the Philadelphia Business Journal. He has been a reporter since 1985 and covered technology and venture capital topics for the Business Journal since 1998. He uses his experience to help creatives understand what reporters look for in a story, how to attract their attention, and how to improve messaging. Schedule at http://ohours.org/peterkey.
Social Media: Led by Todd Hestand, Marketing and Program Coordinator for the Corzo Center and Founder of Side Arts. Previously a market strategy consultant and market research development director. Advises on matters related marketing and communication via social media with an emphasis on consumer-directed products and services. Schedule at http://ohours.org/cthestand.
Web Design: Led by Chris Garvin, Interim Director of the University of the Arts’ Design Art and Technology Program. He is active designer and speaker on the intersection of art, design, and education. Schedule at http://ohours.org/cgarvin.