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September 2006

Alma Matters

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Entrepreneurs - Continued from page 4

Later this year Cate will launch a third venture: a website/newsletter for the fashion and beauty industries. She may be reached at cate@catemowell.com.

managed over 100 physicians in the largest faculty hospital- ist practice in the United States and promptly translated his experience into a consulting practice to address a widespread need for management expertise in healthcare.



decision to start The Black Bear Group in June 2004 began with an offer to spend another year at his job at the time. “Upon reflection, my learning curve was slowing and I was at the right age and stage of life, with willingness and ability to take risk,” Dominic writes. “I identified a few potential clients, turned down my offer, moved to Minnesota, wrote a website, and started networking as much as I could.” The Black Bear Group provides two services

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    either helping acquisitive companies find and execute

acquisitions or preparing companies for sale, usually while operating as CFO.

“At the beginning, managing my time between execution and administrative duties was the biggest challenge,” Dominic says. “It was also difficult spending a lot of time alone in my home office after moving away from the East Coast. But Minnesota is in the middle of the country and allows day trips to both coasts. I was born there so my network and mentorship base is stronger there, and I knew if I didn’t make it, I could quickly find a ‘real job’ there to pay my bills. If business went well, I didn’t expect to spend much time there anyways.”

The first large project he landed required finding and executing acquisitions for a private equity-backed company for 12 months, screening over 600 companies and logging 175,000 frequent flyer miles to help his client source, negotiate, finance, and close two acquisitions. Dominic has now taken on his fifth project - to act as Chief Financial Officer and prepare a company for sale.

“Operating The Black Bear Group is not glamorous,” Dominic writes, “but I’m in control of my own destin , learning faster than I could otherwise, collecting the full benefit of the value I create.”

Dominic may dominic@blackbeargroup.com.


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In 2004, entre-

preneur Dave Doo- keeram launched his second venture - Hos- pital Medicine Advi- sors, a national health- care advising and pro- fessional services firm focused on hospitalist and hospital- based consulting.After completing his MPH in Healthcare Management at Emory University in Atlanta, GA, Dave

Today Dave serves as Managing Partner at Hospital Medicine Advisors (www.academichospitalists. com), focusing his practice on revenue cycle enhancement, strategic planning, service innovation and physician staffing. Dave has worked with community and academic hospitalist programs to improve profitabilit , engage physicians in forward-thinking strategy development, performance improvement and discharge communication streamlining. Hospital Medicine Advisors works with physicians, group practices, pharmaceutical, medical software companies and hospitals.

DaveisboardCertifiedinHealthcareManagement through the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and is active of the Medical Group Management Association (MAGMA), American College of Medical Practice Executives (ACMPE), and the Georgia Association of Healthcare Executives (GAHE).

Dave may be ddookeeram@PHCAdvisors.com.

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Ja s o n Gracilieri’s first entrepreneurial

venture was Applied Reason & Technolog , an enterprise software company that he started with Matt Giedt in early 2003. “We made some great headway towards a very interesting product, growing the team to five individuals, and being very scrappy about bringing in revenue,” Jason writes. “Unfortunatel , and for a variety of reasons, we didn’t turn the corner, and decided to move on.”

Following Applied, Jason spent some time as an independent consultant before joining up with two other individuals in early 2005 to found Sconex.com, a social networking website for high school students. “It’s been a great ride, building and monetizing the service, growing the membership and the staff, and competing against the other players in the space,” writes Jason. “In early 2006, we were actively looking to add some competitive muscle to the compan , and were subsequently acquired by Allo , Inc., a youth-focused media and marketing company based in NYC, and a great fit for Sconex. We’ve since been focused on leveraging Alloy’s resources to grow the business, and continuing to improve the service for our members.”

Jason may be reached at jgracilieri@gmail.com. For Jeff Borkowski, entrepreneurship began as a kid, when he built a business with his younger brother doing odd jobs for family and friends in the neighborhood. “Jokingl , my brother and I named the business ‘Tasks Unlimited,’ because we were willing to do just about

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