A Hand-picked Network to grow your business


VenturePad members gain access to a vetted network of business professionals who can help you start or grow your business, all of whom are entrepreneurs themselves.

Our specialists assist entrepreneurs in such areas as:

Sales Strategy  —  Marketing Strategy  —  Leadership Skill Set Development  —  Business Development
Strategic Planning  —  Financial Modeling  —  Business Plans — Sustainability, and more...

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Mary O'Connor

Coach, Founder, and CEO | The Ecstatic Entrepreneur

Award-winning coach Mary O’Connor has helped over 3,500 businesses accelerate their success, make a bigger impact and increase profitability. With a background in psychology and interest in heart-centered spirituality, Mary’s approach to coaching is equally transformative as it is pragmatic. With compassion and laser-sharp insight, Mary moves her clients beyond their limitations and into success by shifting both beliefs and behavior. A sales expert with 30-plus years of experience, Mary has worked with companies such as KPMG, Genentech, YWCA, U.S. Dept of Health & Human Services, New Leaf Paper and Solar Sonoma County. She has been a General Manager for a solar company in Sacramento, which she turned around in one month. In 1986, Mary started an event planning company with 2 other women, and grew their annual sales from $100,000 to $2 million in only 2 years. Mary then went on to start her own event company, Excellent Eventures, which she ran successfully for five years.



Tim Hoyle

Founder | Motivation According to Hoyle

Tim’s company, Motivation According to Hoyle, was founded in 1999 and is committed to improving individual and team performances inside organizations.   His coaching and training programs focus on building advanced leadership skill sets through increased self-awareness.  He teaches leaders how to recognize and maximize the different motivational styles of team members and how to develop a strategic motivational plan to maximize the team’s talents. Tim is certified in various individual and team diagnostic tools such as the Winslow Personality Assessment, DISC and is a Certified Professional Behavioral Analyst and Certified Professional Motivators Analyst.




Sandra Beaton

Owner | Beaton Global Connections

Sandra runs a woman-owned, bilingual (English-Spanish), values driven consulting firm specializing in business development and marketing, strategic planning and partnerships on a local, national or international level. Sandra counsels and supports small companies and entrepreneurs how to effectively collaborate and leverage all resources, create and execute strategies to drive revenue and company/brand awareness. She has a proven track record in both B2B and B2C sales, bilingual communications and marketing materials, creative promotions, brand development, new market introduction, multi-stakeholder models, sustainability and CSR programs.



Paul Bozzo

Access to Capital Specialist | Marin SBDC

Paul Bozzo is an entrepreneurial expert with more than 25 years of professional experience in start-up strategy, equity and debt funding, strategic business planning, technology and financial modeling. His specialty is working with scalable start-up ventures to develop capital efficient business models, long range strategic plans, investor-focused business plans and effective funding presentations. Paul provides strategic guidance to CEOs and founding teams on common start-up issues including: legal entity selection, equity agreements, valuations, financial projections, mergers & acquisitions and intellectual property.



Jula Pereira

CEO, Social Media Consultant | On Time Social

WHAT I DO: I assist business professionals in building a strong social media presence and learning how to comfortably promote themselves online. I am a speaker, one-on-one coach and offer virtual group training classes. WHAT MAKES ME DIFFERENT: I have 15 years of professional experience and 7 years of experience as a business owner. I have done social media management for several business professionals and became knowledgeable about their specific needs. I am a graduate from UCD and completed the Professional Social Media Certificate Program from Sonoma State and am always learning in this ever-changing industry.



Mike Hecker

Owner | MH Consulting & Bookkeeping Group, Inc.

Consultant and Bookkeeper with specific experience & expertise in all aspects of bookkeeping, Quickbooks, Quickbooks training and small business consulting. Consulting for various 3rd party software integration with QuickBooks. 15 plus years of direct experience with real estate, real estate finance, and real estate development. My goals are to free my clients up to focus more of their time on their clients and their sales after setting up and utilizing an accurate and effective accounting system. This in turn allows them to quickly have detailed reports to assist in making strategic decisions.



Heather Picard

Owner | Heather Picard, Business Coach

I am a Social Entrepreneur and Business Coach who works with small business owners that want a seasoned mentor and confidante to help them grow their business. My programs empower entrepreneurs to achieve their goals by moving beyond their limiting beliefs, embracing the financial side of their business and stepping into greater leadership that powerfully directs their company. My clients are people who aspire to lead healthy, balanced lives while working to create positive change in the world through their businesses.