Like many business owners, Susan Urquhart-Brown never expected to end up as an entrepreneur. In 1995, at age 50, Susan launched her business, Career Steps123, in Oakland, California, because it spoke to her passion for helping people choose a career or business that truly suits them. She quickly realized there was a lot more to being a successful business owner than hanging out a shingle and waiting for the phone to ring.
This is why Susan wrote The Accidental Entrepreneur as an upbeat, encouraging, no-nonsense guidebook that takes the mystery out of running a successful business for small business owners in their first years in business.
As a business coach, Susan helps clients break through barriers and provides communication and negotiation skills, goal setting, business planning, streetwise marketing, and accountability for success.
Susan has 20 years experience in career consulting, business coaching, marketing, speaking, and training, and has a B.A. in English Literature from Allegheny College, Meadville, Pennsylvania; an M.A. in Education from College of Notre Dame, Belmont, California; and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Career Development from John F. Kennedy University in Pleasant Hill, California. Susan has been an adjunct instructor at Santa Clara University, University of California Berkeley Extension, and John F. Kennedy University.
Susan is also Vice President of the Board of Directors for Global Partners for Development, a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization that works in the East African countries of Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda with projects that have included development of clean water sources, child nutrition, medical and health care, primary and vocational education, and women’s economic selfreliance. Their mission is “Ending Poverty Through the Power of Partnerships.”
Since Susan’s 2004 visit to Tanzania, tips and techniques shared in a women’s economic development coaching program have been passed among women in various fledgling businesses in Tanzania and Kenya.
Through her work and this book, Susan’s personal mission is to inspire “solopreneurs” all over the world who want to make a difference by contributing to world peace. It is Susan’s belief that when people love their work, they spread happiness and good will throughout the world since we are living in a global marketplace today. What happens one place is felt everywhere around the world.