Small Business Success Yields Spot on National Stage

Valenzuela to Address Delegates at Republican National Convention

DALLAS – Aug. 24, 2012 – Building a business from the ground up has landed Sher Valenzuela a VIP spot at the 2012 Republican National Convention. On Tuesday night, Valenzuela, HR Director for First State Manufacturing Inc., will represent small business leaders as she addresses Republican delegates in Tampa, Florida. Valenzuela helped to build this Delaware-based company into a custom manufacturing powerhouse with average annual revenue growth of more than 30 percent.

First State Manufacturing has flourished in the aerospace, defense, entertainment and food industries due in part to the work of Peter Baldwin, a Knowledge Leader at Greater Yield who specializes in small business growth. Serving as a consultant to the business since its inception, Baldwin developed a strategic financial plan that allowed FSM to grow rapidly, intelligently and successfully.

“This is a company which had all the pieces ready to go from the start, but needed a solid financial infrastructure to contain and manage its growth,” said Baldwin. “The legwork had been done. The know-how was there. And by bringing a small business specialist in to build on their foundation, the management team took every step to ensure success.”

“Small businesses don’t succeed with small thinking,” Jim Taylor, Greater Yield principal, added. “The challenges every company faces are unique, and given the lack of infrastructure a small- to medium-sized company typically deals with, smaller companies cannot become big ones unless they get the right processes and structures into place. First State Manufacturing is a great example of how to do it right.”

About Greater Yield: Greater Yield provides innovative performance-improvement solutions for critical and complex business issues. A woman- and veteran-owned company, Greater Yield offers senior-level experts who work with organizations as trusted partners who empower ROI-driven changes, transfer knowledge and deliver measurable outcomes enterprise-wide.