Skip to Main Content

Search NewsCenter

Top Stories

Focus on the Entrepreneur

Focus on the Entrepreneur

Fall 2009

Smart Medicine

The FVTC Venture Center’s new Pro-Seed training program gave Dr. Pat Mahoney the insight and skills to take his veterinary practice to the next level. 

Many small business owners are saddled with the same dilemma: As the primary providers of the technical expertise and services for their companies, they have little or no time to run—let alone, grow—their businesses. Like Dr. Pat Mahoney, veterinarian and owner of American Animal Hospital (AAH) in Neenah, business owners come to work early, skip lunch, and stay late to try to make things work.

“It’s really hard to find the time to pull your head out of the soup and look over the top of the bowl,” says Mahoney, who started AAH in 1979. “Although we’re not yet where we want to be financially, since the training we’ve managed to help our business grow—even in the midst of these difficult financial times.”

Fox Valley Technical College’s Venture Center launched the new program in September 2008, partnering with California-based training firm E-Myth™ Worldwide. The program, Pro-Seed powered by E-Myth™, combines an online curriculum with one-to-one business coaching by Venture Center faculty. Participants study self-paced online training modules in leadership, marketing, finances, and more.

“Having my own coach work one-on-one with me was a powerful experience,” says Mahoney. “She had experience in accounting and in retail business, and she was very familiar with helping professional offices deal with management issues.”

Although the program targets small business owners, Mahoney was serious enough about making some improvements in his business that he wanted his office manager, Sara Holtz, to participate in the program, too.

Holtz worked with Al Lautenslager, an adjunct instructor with The Venture Center, who also is a consultant, author, and marketing and public relations specialist, as her personal coach. “As the company’s office manager, Sara was the perfect person to work with,” says Lautenslager. “She’s second in command at the animal hospital and really understands what makes that business go on a daily basis.”

Mahoney and Holtz note that AAH made several key changes since beginning the program, including:
  • refining the company vision statement
  • redirecting marketing efforts to focus on customer retention and referrals
  • developing a training manual that provides step-by-step instructions on how to perform all tasks, ranging from cleaning floors to performing exams.

In addition to these significant achievements, Holtz noticed another change. “It sounds so simple,” she says. “But Dr. Mahoney is actually eating lunch every day now. And he takes some time for himself once in a while. That is bettering our business.”

He plans to continue on the path that the Pro-Seed program has started. “I plan to continue working with my personal coach by phone,” he says. “And I sure hope Fox Valley Tech continues this program.”

Growing Today’s Workforce… The First Completers of Pro-Seed

The following individuals completed the first-ever Pro-Seed powered by E-Myth™ training session through the FVTC Venture Center:

Jon Bartz, Martenson & Eisele, Inc.
Carol Brauer, BrightStar Healthcare
Gene Dorn, D & D Excavating & Landscape Service, Inc.
Don Goggin, Pinnacle Photo & Portraits
Janet Golla, Janet’s Custom Design
Sara Holtz, American Animal Hospital
David Kozlowski, Kwik Investments, Inc.
David Lindenstruth, HuHot Mongolian Grill
Dr. Patrick Mahoney, American Animal Hospital
Aaron Matuszewski, Prefinished Staining Products, Inc.
Jerry Oberstadt, Oberstadt Landscapes & Nursery
Annilee Pietsch, The Pietsch Team
Diane Pruchnofski, P & D Metal Works, Inc.
Kim Pruchnofski, P & D Metal Works, Inc.
Andy Reuland, The Credit Coach
Jeff Schultz, Martenson & Eisele, Inc.

FVTC President's Blog

New This Week

Student & Alumni Spotlight

Speed to Market

Speed to Market

Mar 13, 2018

Ryan Geiger found his debt-free fast pass to a great career while in high school.

Tech Star

Tech Star

Mar 13, 2018

This IT star demonstrates the value women bring to technology-related careers.

Focus on the Entrepreneur: Happily Ever After

Focus on the Entrepreneur: Happily Ever After

Mar 13, 2018

A recent business grad opens an award-winning bridal store.

Featured Videos

FVTC Social Media

Connect With Us banner

Spring 2018 Focus Magazine

Read the latest issue of Focus magazine, with features highlighting students, alumni & employers in Manufacturing, Business, IT and much more.

Spring 2018 Focus Magazine

Upcoming Events

23 May 2018

24 May 2018

Truck Driving Job Fair

4-6:30 p.m. | J. J. Keller Transportation Center

Truck Driving Job Fair

Thursday, May 24. Speak with employers and learn about job opportunities in the high-demand area of Truck Driving.

25 May 2018

28 May 2018

2 Jun 2018

Free Legal Assistance Clinic

9 a.m.-Noon | Appleton Campus

Free Legal Assistance Clinic

Need help with a legal issue? Attend our free legal assistance clinic, offered by the FVTC Paralegal Student Organization. Saturday, June 2, 9 a.m.-Noon

4 Jun 2018

FVTC eConnect Newsletter Sign-up

Enter the code shown above: