Best practices: Starting a business

5th Nov 2007

If you considering starting a business…planning is critical.  Please review the article on this topic that I scribed for the Des Moines Register.  Feel free to contact me directly if it generates questions or you wish to discuss.  Thank you.



Emerging Opportunities: Biorenewable Materials 9/19/07 Networking

17th Sep 2007


The Iowa Biotechnology Association, Transition Capital Management and SEEME bring you this networking event at the Science Center of Des Moines, IA on September 19, 2007 at 4PM.  I’ll participate in the presentation delivering a business planning session entitled “Ready, Fire, Aim”.  Also on the agenda are Deere and Vermeer representatives who will speak about the subject.  Check out the agenda at the Iowa Biotechnology site and come out and join us.  Refreshments will be served after the presentations. 



When you’re through changing…

7th Aug 2007

Embracing change is essential to success in today’s business world and the city of Des Moines is changing daily. When I first moved here in 1990, it seemed a small metro area in the middle of a sea of corn. Today, the population is growing and the economy, buttressed by that sea of corn, is spurred on by expanding financial service and high tech companies. Entrepreneurs and small businesses are also finding roots in this booming economy.  The city is thriving, full of dynamic energy, and opportunities are unlimited for businesses willing to embrace the change.  The same is true for all of us.

One of my favorite quotes is from Bruce Barton…”When you are through changing, you are through”.  PaceSetter can help your organization embrace change and grow.    

And speaking about change…here is an excerpt from the Des Moines Register’s July 31, 2007 Biz Buzz column: 

Barry Pace is back in town for the third time.  Pace directed the sales and marketing start-up of Firestone Agriculture Tire Division in Des Moines from 1989 to 1993.  He then returned from 2000 to 2005 to become president of Formed Steel Products Inc., Quality Control Equipment Co. and Profile Foods.  He moved from Benson, MN, where he was chief operating officer at Redball LLC, a maker of agriculture equipment.  Now, he’s started PaceSetter Consulting, offering leadership, marketing and sales consulting services to small firms, and he is blogging at“Today, the city bears little resemblance to the Des Moines we remember from 1990,” Pace said.