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Stephen B

Writer #7310






Profile Summary
Star Rating
Completed Orders 23
Revisions/Order 0.22
Repeat Clients 50%
Last Login 9/24/2016
Location Leesburg, OH
Education Masters Degree
Status Available
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Summary of Experience
Stephen B. has provided specialized consulting services to business and government clients for more than 30 years. He is well-known for his practical, candid and effective business communication advice. Steve's writing experience encompasses business proposals, professional websites, business blogs, financial articles, press releases and specialized white papers.

Steve has worked closely with a variety of individuals representing a broad spectrum of industries. He is comfortable communicating with and working for a diverse universe of clients that includes senior corporate executives, physicians, attorneys, accountants, bankers, government officials, middle managers, small business owners and individuals from all walks of life.

Stephen grew up on a family-owned working farm in Ohio and received his undergraduate degree in Business Psychology from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He served several years in the military as an officer in the U.S. Navy Supply Corps and then obtained a graduate degree in Management and Real Estate Finance from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Writing and communication have played a major role in Steve's entire professional life. During the past three decades he has steadily honed his professional skills involving business writing. He currently has an advanced level of writing proficiency. Steve particularly enjoys helping clients and readers with complicated problems and solutions.

Stephen's written work has always reflected his core belief that 100 percent original content is highly-valued on the internet and beyond. In response to evolving search engine optimization principles, Steve has adopted a contemporary internet writing philosophy that written communication is frequently more persuasive when highly-relevant words are accompanied by equally-relevant video presentations and customized images.

Stephen B. is a business management expert with advanced and specialized expertise involving small businesses, real estate, finance, banking and business career training. He is currently transitioning from an active business finance consulting career to a full-time business writing career. Steve is looking forward to helping clients inform and persuade their audience. He is willing and able to tackle whatever writing assignments come his way.
Specialties
Stephen B. specializes in business writing that can persuade readers to take recommended action in a timely fashion. Steve particularly enjoys helping individuals with difficult problems by communicating a practical problem-solving process that is transferable to a number of common situations.

For over 30 years Steve has specialized in providing practical, candid and effective business advice. Whenever possible he strives to include appropriate images and video content that often appeal to a wider audience.
Interests
Stephen B. enjoys an eclectic array of special interests that includes travel, reading, hiking and photography in addition to an ongoing connection with the business world. He grew up on a farm and currently lives with his wife in a rural area of southwestern Ohio. Steve's future plans include relocation and more business writing.
Education
University of California, Los Angeles Management and Real Estate Finance, M.B.A.

After an Honorable Discharge from the Navy in 1974, Stephen B. attended the UCLA Graduate School of Management (The Anderson School) as a full-time student with G.I. Bill Educational Assistance.


Miami University Business Psychology, B.A.

Stephen B. was awarded a full scholarship in the Naval ROTC program at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and was commissioned as an Ensign in the U.S. Navy Supply Corps upon graduation (June 1970).


Honors and Awards
Beta Gamma Sigma Member Stephen B. was elected to Beta Gamma Sigma, an international business honor society, as a result of his academic performance at UCLA's Graduate School of Management (the Anderson School).

Certificates
HubSpot Inbound Certification HubSpot
Jul 2016
Stephen B. successfully completed HubSpot's training and testing process. His HubSpot Inbound Certification is valid until August 2017.

Real Estate Broker State of California
Stephen B. was awarded a California Real Estate Broker's license (currently inactive).

Income Property Valuation Society of Real Estate Appraisers
While attending the UCLA Graduate School of Management, Stephen B. completed a series of real estate appraisal courses offered by the Society of Real Estate Appraisers.

Projects by Industry
Business

Paid consulting projects for Stephen B. typically involved specialized writing such as business proposals and training documentation. On a professional basis Steve has also spent thousands of hours over the years maintaining several business websites and writing financial articles and business blogs. He has both broad and deep industry experience that involves the military, business consulting, agriculture, banking, real estate, securities, insurance, mortgage companies, government consulting, and housing.

Finance

Paid finance consulting projects for Stephen B. typically involved specialized writing such as financial training documentation and business proposals in support of business financing. On a professional basis he has also spent thousands of hours during his lengthy career writing financial articles and blogs while maintaining several business finance websites. Steve has extensive and varied financial industry experience that involves banking, securities, nonprofit organizations, consulting, insurance, real estate, government agencies, and mortgage companies.

Real Estate

Paid real estate consulting projects for Stephen B. typically involved specialized writing such as real estate financing proposals. On a professional basis Steve has also spent thousands of hours during his lengthy career writing real estate articles while maintaining several real estate finance websites and blogs. He has extensive real estate experience that involves development partnerships, banking, nonprofit organizations, mortgage companies, securities firms, consulting, and government agencies. Stephen obtained his MBA in Management and Real Estate Finance from UCLA. He was previously licensed as a Real Estate Broker in California and has completed several advanced training courses with the Society of Real Estate Appraisers.

Banking

Paid bank consulting projects for Stephen B. typically involved business finance negotiating with bankers and specialized writing such as commercial loan proposals on behalf of small businesses. On a professional basis Steve has also spent thousands of hours during his lengthy career writing banking articles while maintaining several commercial bank finance websites and blogs. He has extensive banking experience that involves investment banking, nonprofit organizations, mortgage banking, securities firms, and financial consulting. Stephen obtained his MBA in Management and Real Estate Finance from UCLA.

Management

Paid management consulting projects for Stephen B. typically involved specialized writing such as business proposals and training documentation. On a professional basis Steve has also spent thousands of hours during his lengthy career writing business and financial management articles while maintaining several business websites and blogs. He has extensive management experience that involves small businesses, military and nonprofit organizations, mortgage companies, securities firms, and government agencies. Stephen obtained his MBA in Management and Real Estate Finance from UCLA and served as an officer in the U.S. Navy Supply Corps.

Career

Paid career training projects for Stephen B. typically involved specialized training and writing such as training documentation. On a professional basis Steve has spent thousands of hours during his lengthy career writing financial and business career development articles while maintaining several business websites and blogs. He has extensive career planning and training experience that involves preparing individuals to serve in small business finance consulting positions. At an early point in his professional career, Stephen taught adult classes in the San Diego Community College District. Steve currently focuses most of his career education efforts in a specialized career training program that he provides for military personnel as they transition from military service to small business careers.

Projects by SEO Skill
Title/Meta Descriptions

Stephen B. has extensive SEO experience that involves title and meta descriptions as well as link building and keyword management. Steve has assisted business clients with a variety of writing assignments such as the initial creation of blogs and websites. He has seen firsthand what can happen to search results and internet traffic when search engine optimization strategies are not implemented properly.

Projects by Asset Type
Grant/Proposal

Stephen B. has regularly helped businesses with the proposal writing process. In many situations he was responsible for writing the entire proposal. In a smaller number of cases, Steve was hired to train and facilitate company employees so that they could perform as much of the proposal writing as possible. This experience involved three different types of proposals as shown below:

(1) Solicited proposals based upon a formal Request for Proposal (RFP)

(2) Unsolicited proposals

(3) Business financing proposals from a company to one or more commercial lenders

Projects By Expertise
Technical Writer

One of Stephen B's earliest business writing roles involved technical writing for Wyle Laboratories (based in El Segundo, California) in support of their government consulting activities. Consulting clients included the City of Los Angeles, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Department of Transportation. Steve's work with Wyle began while he was a graduate student at the UCLA Graduate School of Management and continued for three more years. Steve completed a variety of technical writing assignments which included both business proposals and final project reports. The primary technical subject matter included research that analyzed how real estate property values were impacted by aircraft noise at major airports.

Projects by Company Size
Small Business

Over the past three decades, Stephen B. has worked with companies of all sizes. More recently Steve has intentionally chosen to focus on small businesses throughout the United States and Canada because the same small business problems seem to keep recurring. His efforts to help smaller companies have frequently involved business writing in the following areas:

(1) Business proposals to companies and government agencies

(2) Financial proposals to banks and other business lenders

(3) Web pages and blog posts

(4) Press releases

(5) Technical articles

(6) Presentations

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