We are a network of business firms and experts specializing in supporting small business needs in sales, traditional and social media marketing, operations, legal, accounting, technology and training. We combine your expertise and experience with our expertise and experience to help you take your business to the next level of success.

Please feel free to contact any of these business firms for your specific needs.

  • Al Alfieri
    Al Alfieri

    Gold CoastAl has significant experience in advertising, digital marketing and sales development. Over the last twenty years, Al has developed key marketing and sales strategies specifically tailored to help small to medium sized businesses grow. We specialize in the home furnishings/improvement industry and simply put, we use what we have learned to help small businesses focus on what really matters, which is their growth and their ROI. Al’s experience includes being president of California’s largest home improvement company, directly contributing to their growth from four million dollars in annual sales to thirty-nine million dollars in annual sales.

    In 2013 Al took his vast experience in sales and marketing and cofounded Stillwater Advertising Agency where he functioned as the company’s CEO until 2015. In 2015 Al made the decision to start a venture of his own, Gold Coast Media and Consulting. Gold Coast Media and Consulting focuses on providing comprehensive services to small business owners. We founded Gold Coast Media and Consulting because we wanted to be able to use our years of experience to help grow our clients’ markets.

    At Gold Coast Media and Consulting, we are a full service-advertising agency specializing in digital marketing and media buys. Our passion is to help our clients build a stand out brand, establish their brand voice and help them become first in their marketplace. We help the client build a comprehensive marketing strategy by putting together a road map to success.


    Local Box – We help you move to the top of local search (Local Listings/SEO, Citation and NAP, Digital Footprint)

    Online Reputation – Reputation and Review management. Customer experience survey through call and contact campaigns

    Social Marketing – Social Media advertising/SEM, Social Media management. (Posting is not enough, we work on engagement to grow your sales)

    Video Marketing – Film-Edit-Produce-Distribute

    Web Design and Development – We build beautiful sites that are set up for conversions Media Buys – Radio, Print, Television, Cable

    Digital Media - SEM, SEO, Content Marketing, Email Marketing, Blogs, Vlogs

    Creative and Design – Brand Guide, Logo, Ad design, brochure, presentation book/digital book

    Free Training - Sales strategies and development - Sales Presentation Development, Tracking and Measuring ROI, and more hosted through the Mike Weddington Network

  • Ingrid Degrutt
    Debalco's Custom Creations
    Ingrid Degrutt
    Debalco's Custom Creations

    Debalco's Custom Creations

    Ingrid graduated with an accounting degree from Justo Rufino Barrios College in Guatemala, working in her home country for 2 years and later returning to the United States to continue her business career.

    She worked 8 years in the travel industry and 19 years with Hunter Douglas Corporation in accounting management positions. She became part of the Hunter Douglas Business Development Group in 2008 and for 4 years held supervisory marketing and administrative positions, designing creative collateral materials and complex accounting documents for use by staff and participants attending national and international meetings, seminars and webinars, as well as producing professional video clips and slideshows for use and presentation by designers and small business owners.

    In 2012, Ingrid opened Debalco’s, offering services to small businesses, including video conferencing, finished video clips and editing, customized slideshows of trade shows and customer testimonials, professional printing and binding of business documents, workbooks and handouts and personalized promotional items for use at company and other specialty celebrations and events.

    Paula Bongartz
    PLB Business Consulting

    PLB Business Consulting

    Paula Bongartz, owner of PLB Business Consulting, is a Senior Consultant with MW Consulting Group, specializing in supporting small business needs in sales, traditional and social media marketing, training and operations. Paula helps businesses create an overall business plan with the goal to improve their business model to grow sales and profits to achieve their specific business goals. A businesses’ top hurdles and opportunities in the marketplace are identified and solutions are provided to overcome challenges and help prepare businesses for a profitable future. Paula creates a Final Action Plan focusing on sales and marketing strategies to build brand awareness in the business’s marketplace. Call on Paula for business consulting, training, business plan development, and business expansion.

    As a certified and approved speaker for IDCEC, Paula is a presenter of the MWCG Designer CEU Seminar Series and also a presenter of the MWCG Business Series. Paula offers training seminars, keynote speaking seminars, consumer seminars and trade seminars. Seminars can be customized to specific businesses or associations. Paula is a dynamic presenter, trainer and performance coach who creates engaging, learner-centered experiences.

    Paula also creates business brochures content writing and development.

  • Mark Whitaker
    Baird, Crew, Schiller &Whitaker, P.C. (BCSW)
    Mark Whitaker
    Baird, Crew, Schiller &Whitaker, P.C. (BCSW)



    Mark Whitaker is an attorney and shareholder of Baird, Crews, Schiller & Whitaker, P.C., located in Temple, TX. With over twenty years of experience, Mark represents a wide range of individuals and companies, including business owners, physicians, executives, land owners and developers. In addition to having significant experience in complex estate planning, trust, and probate law, he has extensive experience in contract negotiations, secured transactions, purchasing and selling of businesses, and corporate and partnership formations. Mark's business practice includes choice of entity, management structure, buy-sell planning, employment contracts, and third-party contracts. Additionally, he serves as general counsel for several significant companies, including ones with international operations.

    Mark is Board Certified in Estate Planning and Probate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, and a Certified Financial Planner™. He received Bachelor and Juris Doctorate degrees from Baylor University and an MBA from Tarleton State University. Mark and his wife, Jana, along with their three daughters live in Temple.

    Baird, Crews, Schiller & Whitaker, P.C. (BCSW) is engaged regularly as lead counsel on complex business and estate planning, transaction and litigation matters. BCSW attorneys bring a combined legal experience spanning more than 200 years, truly making it a premier Regional Firm with Global Reach. BCSW is rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell. See for more information on Mark and BCSW.


    Mark S. Whitaker
    Baird, Crews, Schiller & Whitaker,
    P.C. 15 North Main Temple, Texas  76501

    Paralegal: Cynthia Champion
    (254) 743-7341

    Legal Assistant: Julie Moran
    (254) 743-7344

  • Pat Genovese
    RWI Business Services
    Pat Genovese
    RWI Business Services


    RWI Business Services prides itself on being recognized as a premier advisory services firm. Its creative professionals are committed to providing unique and innovative solutions to the business challenges presented by a dynamic, ever-changing marketplace. Based upon the objectives of a specific engagement, our advice may be limited in scope or broadly applied across such areas as operations, finance, and/or sales and marketing; and it may incorporate business development strategies, process improvement, asset conservation strategies, tax planning, financing and financial restructuring, workout/liquidation services, or turnaround management.

    Patrick A. Genovese / Sr. Project Manager / / Direct: 614.940.6694 900

    Tri-State Parkway / Suite 900 / Gurnee, IL 60031 / 224.433.7555

  • Susan Leinen
    Susan Leinen Design
    Susan Leinen
    Susan Leinen Design

    Susan Leinen Design has been providing small businesses and non-profit organizations with solutions for marketing both on-line and in print since 2008. Working nationwide, Susan provides custom solutions for companies that de-sire to stand apart from their competition and present a clear and profession-al presence to their target market.

    Susan’s background in art, technology and education has given her the skill set to design marketing materials for the business professional in a technology age that communicates with visual images and meaningful text content. Each solution is specifically designed to satisfy the visual aesthetic of her client and address the marketing needs of each business.

    The marketing solutions are designed for both a web presence and print marketing materials. Online marketing services include custom WordPress websites, blog content and email marketing. Graphic design services include logo design, business cards, postcards, flyers, brochures, and printing.

  • JoLynn Pollard
    Hunt Ortmann Attorneys At Law
    JoLynn Pollard
    Hunt Ortmann Attorneys At Law

    Hunt Ortmann

    Who We Are:

    Hunt Ortmann Palffy Nieves Darling & Mah, Inc. has built a successful reputation over the last 25 years handling a wide range of complex business, labor and employment, insurance and dispute resolution matters. Indicated by our diverse and long standing client base in the construction industry, the Firm is accustomed to regularly handling a wide range of legal matters spanning from project inception to project closeout and beyond. Having substantial experience with counseling, transactional and litigation matters, Hunt Ortmann is large enough to handle complex matters, yet small enough to provide personal and cost effective representation; as a result, members of the firm have been named Best, Top, and Super Lawyers by other attorneys and colleagues in the legal arena. In addition, members of the Firm are often asked to speak in regard to legal developments, provide continuing education, publish articles, hold positions in committees, and act as expert witnesses. Dedicated to providing the best possible comprehensive legal services, our clients get the benefit of Hunt Ortmann's collective experience. Hunt Ortmann is pleased to be a provider of educational seminars on a variety of topics at the request of MWCG.

    What We Do:

    • Counsel and assist in the formation of business entities
    • Provide start up documentation for new and growing businesses
      • Employee handbooks, policies and implementation
      • Commercial contracts and protection of commercially sensitive data
      • Identification of intellectual property issues
    • Complex business issues
    • Labor and employment matters
    • Insurance counseling, claims education and disputes
    • Alternative dispute resolution mediation, arbitration and trial
    • Contract drafting and review
    • Counsel and Litigation concerning the ownership and lease of commercial property
    • How We Do It:

    Communication and client satisfaction is paramount at Hunt Ortmann. Our efficiency is borne from experience; we roll up our sleeves. The many long standing clients of the firm know us as trusted advisors here for the long haul. An important part of our firm philosophy is that we endeavor to always conduct ourselves in an honest, professional manner, while aggressively advancing our clients’ rights. We are dedicated to providing the highest quality services, efficiently and in a cost effective fashion to ensure our clients get the best legal representation possible.

    Neither your receipt of information from this website, nor your use of this website to contact Hunt Ortmann creates an attorney-client relationship between you and Hunt Ortmann. Hunt Ortmann does not accept a new client without clearing conflicts of interest and obtaining a signed engagement letter. This platform may include information about legal issues and legal developments. Such materials are for informational purposes only. These informational materials are not intended, and should not be taken, as legal advice on any particular set of facts or circumstances. None of the information on the Hunt Ortmann website or in the seminar materials is intended as a guarantee of results for any particular matter. This website provides links to third-party websites, some of which are not under the control of Hunt Ortmann, and Hunt Ortmann assumes no responsibility for the accuracy of the contents of such websites. The jurisdictions in which each of our attorneys is licensed to practice are indicated on the Hunt Ortmann website. The ability of any attorney to engage in any activities in behalf of a client outside that attorney’s states of licensure is subject to state statutes and professional codes and court rules.

    Please contact JoLynn M. Pollard at Hunt Ortmann, 626-440-5200, jpollard@huntortmann.comwith any inquiries concerning the seminar materials or other questions. For more information about Hunt Ortmann, please visit

    Leslie Meier
    Taylor Made Dezine

    Taylor Made Dezine

    Leslie Meier has over 20 years of experience in the window fashions industry. Beginning her career as an  interior designer with a nationally known corporation, she keenly understands the challenges, as well as the enjoyment of face-to-face retail selling and presentation. 

    Transferring her creative skills to the wholesale side of the industry, Leslie spent 16 years with Hunter Douglas Corporation as a District Sales Manager, assisting small business owners with product education, business building solutions and designing over 225 dealer websites. Recognized for her imaginative and artistic skills, she was later promoted to the position of Media Marketing Manager for Northern California.  

    In 2010, Leslie opened Taylor Made Dezine, focusing on the unique needs of window and home fashions business owners, assisting them with:

    · Unique one-of-a-kind custom websites

    · Promotional videos with voiceovers

    · Facebook creation and management

    · Customer engagement through Constant Contact 

    Leslie’s entrepreneurial spirit is shared by her clients and she is dedicated and committed to their success. Visit her website at to view examples of her innovative websites and videos.

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