Meet Bill Collier
Mission - "Let's make your business work ... for
Business Advisors helps small and mid-sized companies grow profitably and create
a winning culture.
Bill Collier - Background
Bill Collier has real-life experience starting,
growing, buying and selling successful companies, using his own
money. He knows what it's like to have to "make payroll."
Bill is a
long-time entrepreneur turned business coach, consultant, professional speaker,
Before becoming an entrepreneur, his career
included time in the U.S. Air Force, McDonnell-Douglas Aircraft (now
known as Boeing), and General Electric Company.
In 1988, Bill and his wife Joyce founded
BC Group International, Inc. with a small personal investment and a loan
guaranteed by the SBA. Over the 15+ years they owned the company, it grew
from a local/regional distributor of biomedical testing equipment into a
respected force in the industry with customers all over the world.
The company was named to the St. Louis
Technology Fast 50 list in 2000, 2001, and 2003 - recognizing the 50
fastest-growing technology firms in the St. Louis Metro region. In 2005, Bill
received the Hall of Fame Award from the Great Game of Business for BC Group's
"extraordinary business practices and performance."
Bill hired and developed a management team that
allowed him to work on the business and not just in
the business. He used Open Book Management and other innovative
techniques to motivate employees and achieve solid financial results The company surveyed its customers on an ongoing basis, and
satisfaction was continually above 95%. Voluntary employee turnover was well
Recognizing the value of the
company they had built, Bill and Joyce decided to sell
the company in 2004. The deal was successfully negotiated and transacted in 2005, and
both buyer and seller remain delighted.
In mid-2003, while still CEO at BC Group, Bill
took advantage of an opportunity to buy into a small 35 year old manufacturing company
whose owners were retiring. He remains actively involved in ownership
and management of that company.
Bill is active in a variety of community and
non-profit organizations, including Toastmasters
International, several board
memberships, and more. He is a former ad-hoc faculty member for St. Louis Community
College's Continuing Education and Entrepreneurial Development programs, and is
a past board member for the St.
Louis Enterprise Centers (joint St. Louis County/City business incubator
program). He has written for various business publications
and has a regularly featured column in St. Louis Small Business Monthly. He has given presentations, including
keynote addresses, at a variety of trade shows and industry conferences,
including Great Game Australia in 2011 and 2012.
the author of the book,
How to Succeed as a Small
Business Owner ... and Still Have a Life.
In his years as an entrepreneur,
Bill has met literally hundreds of fellow business owners - many
of whom work too hard for too little return. Due to his love of
small business and his interest in seeing others achieve the
success they dreamed of when starting their companies, Bill formed
Collier Business Advisors, LLC.
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