We Help Small Businesses Build Organizational Capacity
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WELCOME TO LAUNCH!
We are Seattle's #1 Small Business Consulting Group
Passionate about ALL things business!
WHAT WE DO
We help entrepreneurs and other leaders create DIVERSE, equitable, INCLUSIVE, sustainable, & TECH-ENABLED businesses & nonprofits.
HOW WE DO THAT
We look holistically at your organization and work with you to improve your systems in all of the following areas. We create them where they don't exist and are needed.
Business Startup & Administration
Need help forming your business and setting it up from scratch? Launch can help. We can walk you through filing your business license, forming an entity through the Secretary of State, obtaining your federal EIN, and filing with any other state or county agencies as applicable. Launch can also help you establish simple, highly effective systems and processes for the administration of your business. Often we recommend (and help implement) technology tools to support your operation. Software and apps for bookkeeping, scheduling, payroll, email, website, password management, and more make you more effective, efficient, and profitable.
Human Resources : People Operations
Launch works at every stage of the employee life cycle, and we help you strategize, effectively execute your recruiting processes, design operative employee onboarding procedures, craft training plans, enhance your performance management system, and be thoughtful about the exit process. People are an entity’s biggest resource, and Launch ensures your company is maximizing this important asset.
Operational Excellence & Organization Development
Launch helps companies establish Standard Operating Procedures, design new processes, strengthen and streamline the technology that supports your business model, and create documentation. We help you eliminate struggle, reduce waste by teaching you to SEE waste, and enable your team to focus on the value-added work that your company or organization does.
Marketing, Branding, & Web
Launch works collaboratively to develop and bring your brand online (or update your image to your current and potential audiences). Marketing and branding expertise includes logo design, social media setup, web design, creation of a brand kit, and marketing materials (including graphics for socials, web banners, ads, and print material). We can also help you get setup with a great system for your ongoing marketing needs. With a branded look well-defined and marketing collateral pieces designed, Launch assists in developing your marketing plan and calendar, including the integration of your social media and implementation of time-saving marketing technologies.
Finance, Bookkeeping, Payroll, & Benefits
Launch mentors you as you navigate finance, cash flow, bookkeeping, P&Ls, and balance sheets. We streamline your payroll procedures and payroll systems, saving headaches and hassles. We can consult on the establishment of a benefits program or take a look at your existing compensation plan, conduct employee benefits surveys, and so much more in the world of finance, bookkeeping, and payroll. Want to wash your hands of 95% of payroll management? Launch offers contracted payroll management services powered by Gusto, the #1 small business payroll platform in the world.
"Better Together.” This phrase comes up often, and with intention, among the Launch team. At Launch, we work closely and collaboratively, with one another and with our clients.
Launch Business’ “Better Together” consultants make recommendations for organization optimization - improvements that increase employee engagement, maximize learning potential, nurture a collaborative work environment, and grow profitability. We’re high touch, hands on, and here – for you, your team, your company.
“High touch.” This phrase also is regularly part of Launch dialogue and day-to-day dealings. “High touch” means that we pick up and look under every rock every stone on a client’s project, examining the issue, process, system, or challenge from all angles. Launch looks holistically at a company’s workflow in each functional area of business. HR, finance, marketing, operations, technology – it’s high-touch technical assistance for your business.
Better together. High touch. It’s what makes Launch Industries Seattle's #1 small business consulting group.
The Launch team uses collaborative, cloud-based tools for most business operations, This helps keep overhead costs low for us and prices affordable for our clients.
We conduct most meetings on Zoom for its efficiency and time savings, yet we LOVE seeing our clients face-to-face - so making site visits whenever possible is one of our priorities.
For ongoing clients, we generally meet with owners and/or project team members weekly, while conducting independent work on projects in between those weekly meetings. One-off meetings – with one-time or occasional clients – are scheduled online using Launch’s friendly “Book A Call” calendar tool.
You’re busy, with A LOT on your plate. That’s why Launch aims for realistic project deadlines and ongoing technical assistance, managing workflow, managing time, and managing expectations.
The Launch “Better Together” team is fun and friendly, and we look forward to really getting to know you!
Happy Clients & Feedback
"I could not have started my business without the consulting support of Monica Colgan and her team at Launch Industries, LLC. Monica and her team provided expert consulting advice on the features and services required for a business such as this, and then ultimately helped me identify an excellent facility."
"Monica was our first [hire], and she went on to help us build a completely new business in a completely new – and highly regulated – industry. This included everything from developing store operating procedures and protocols, to selecting systems and applications to support our business. Most if not all of what she developed over the years remains in effect today, and enabled us to grow from one store to four, and from ten employees to 100."
"Monica is an organizational powerhouse. She is extremely thorough and detail-oriented in everything she does. Working with her has elevated and changed our business on every level, streamlining processes and systems in a way that we didn't know was possible."
"Monica is an organizational powerhouse. She is extremely thorough and detail-oriented in everything she does. Working with her has elevated and changed our business on every level, streamlining processes and systems in a way that we didn't know was possible." -Anna Ferrario, Administrative Controller, Windmill Gardens
Execution of independent or collaborative projects
Research, compare and contrast options and tools
Setup of independent systems (i.e. payroll, passwords, etc.)
Work consistently with same project manager project-by-project
Experience in most every small business project possible
Same rate for all types of projects
Great for 1:1 administrative training
Technical assistance and teaching of most any small-biz software system
Software implementation assistance - specific to your company
Assistance with all government filings (local, state, and federal)
Group trainings available (4+ people) add $20 extra per person
Includes 20-hours of consulting and project management in the areas of human resources, operations, organization development, and technical services.
Dedicated project manager
No long-term contract
Weekly Zoom consult
Be the hero and offer a 1:1
Consultant Access Program to provide business consulting and Technical Assistance to small businesses in your network
Great for contracts involving supporting multiple businesses
Best for organizations looking to support groups of businesses or organizations with technical assistance and advice
MEMBERSHIP ORGANIZATIONS & GOVERNMENT ENTITIES
If you are a decision-maker regarding funding for programs that assist groups of small business owners, nonprofits, and other entrepreneurs, and would like to explore contracted services to assist those business groups, such as providing technical assistance or small business consulting to numerous companies, please book a call to discuss!We love contract work like this and have dynamic systems in place for supporting businesses in this fashion.
Under a contract with the City of Seattle, Launch Industries has contracted with 80 small businesses in Seattle to provide free technical assistance and consulting.
Artisan Community Kitchen is a commercial commissary kitchen business that has 65 business members. They contract with us to provide licensing support, start-up business support, and help their existing member businesses build capacity and improve in the areas of operations, marketing, administration, and technical support.
Cascadia Produce received technical assistance funding through WSDA's WeFeedWA program and contracted with Launch Industries to provide free consulting to small farms and non-profit hunger relief organizations to improve their business systems.
Seattle Good Business, a nonprofit with a service that provides internship job placement services under their Green Jobs Program contracted with Launch Industries to individually support a group of 20 micro-businesses with building their internal human resource capabilities and ability to hire.
A public health department contracted with Launch Industries to provide business consulting to "at risk" business owners to help them stabilize.
New Client Setup & Onboarding Process
New Client Info Form
Say Hi with a Free Consultation
We are happy to provide a free mini-consultation to see if our services are a good fit. Schedule the call here. One of our consultants or project managers will attend the call to conduct an assessment and find out about your specific project needs. We'll follow up the call with a few helpful resources and next steps.
By this time you should have a good understanding if you'd like to work with us or if you just need a little advice on a one-time call. If you want to move forward with recurring service (for consulting, projects, or technical assistance), the next step is to fill out our new client info form and services agreement.
Please do your due diligence by researching our services and reading this website.
Kickoff Meeting (2 hours)
At the Kickoff Call, we'll finalize the project plan, set up our weekly meeting, discuss team member participation needs, and set up essential apps for our work together (project management and communication apps).
We like to touch base with clients with a weekly meeting to ensure all projects are moving forward (either consulting or project management) to help move things along.
Invoice for New Client Setup Fee + Any Agreed Upon Initial Consulting
Once we receive your form, we'll send you an invoice which will include your new client setup fee and two hours of consulting for your kickoff meeting ($350total) where we build a detailed project plan.
About Launch Industries
Launch Industries is a minority-owned and operated social enterprise that provides consulting and contract services to small-to-medium-size businesses as well as government agencies and non-profits who would like to contract our services to provide technical assistance to groups of businesses.
What are we up to?We’re helping entrepreneurs create diverse, equitable, inclusive, sustainable, tech-enabled companies and non-profit organizations.We provide sound business advice, technical assistance, business support services, and training.
Based in Seattle, Washington, we have over 20 years of experience in organization development, HR/people advisory, and information technology systems and have served over 500 small businesses to date! We love to collaborate and are available to sub-contract on technical assistance opportunities with other T.A. provider organizations.Our motto is "Better Together" - let's chat!