About The Business Therapist
The Business Therapist® is a small business advisory practice that provides advice and support for business health and wealth, founded in 2003 by Paul Foster.
Our Mission Statement:
“Re-energize the entrepreneurial spirit. Listen, coach, educate and facilitate the development of business owners toward their goals. Make a positive difference in their lives.”
Our Core Values:
“We value honesty, integrity, and mutual respect. Our families, communities, and natural environment are a priority. We appreciate every moment on this earth and live in a world of abundance. We will always practice what we preach and confidently be a model for others to follow.”
The traditional and online business tools and resources offered at The Business Therapist® are intended to fill the gap between what small business owners need and what they are currently getting from their existing advisors. The Business Therapist® is business school for “I don’t have time for business school” entrepreneurs and small business owners. For those courageous small business owners who are serious and committed to personal and business growth, we bravely join with you in working smarter, not harder, in pursuit of more cash, freedom and happiness.
About Paul Foster, CPA, CA CEO and Founder, The Business Therapist®
Paul Foster, CPA, CA is the Founder and CEO of The Business Therapist®, an online resource, coach, and advisor for personal and business growth. Using first-hand client knowledge from over 30 years of experience, Paul provides tools and resources for small business owners, business coaching and advice, and entrepreneur mentoring. In 2010, Paul was recognized by his peers as the RANONE North American Advisor of the Year.
In 2011, Paul sold his accounting firm to focus his energy in the small business advisory field. He is a keen student of the thought leaders developing the ‘Business Model Canvas’ and who have launched the Lean Startup movement. He is currently working on merging these new methodologies into valuable resources for existing but innovative small business owners. Paul also pioneered (in partnership with Rick Solomon, CPA) over the last 3 years a unique program that takes the development of the soft skills of business owners to a deeper level. Having experienced it himself, the program provides an opportunity for personal transformation and delivers greater self-awareness, freedom and peacefulness.
Paul graduated with honors from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Mathematics in 1986. In 1987, he obtained his chartered accountant designation (CA, Canadian equivalent of U.S. CPA).
Since September, 2011 Paul has held the position, ‘Entrepreneur-in-Residence’ at the Odette School of Business and the Centre for Enterprise and Law at the University of Windsor. As part of this innovative experiential learning program, he mentors University of Windsor Law and Odette Business students, sharing his professional and entrepreneurial expertise.
Jenifer is Partner at The Business Therapist®. She is a graduate of Parsons School of Design and has been freelancing in interior design for the last 25 years. Jen comes from an entrepreneurial family, contributing her talents while focusing on raising her three wonderful children. She’s naturally visual and a right-brained thinker. She creates intellectually stimulating interactions by challenging traditional assumptions.
Jen believes in abundance versus scarcity and enjoys living in the moment with appreciation. She is a respectful conserver of the great outdoors.
Rich is the Director of Research and New Product Development and full time business coach at The Business Therapist®. He graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Accounting and Financial Management in 2007, and a Master of Accounting in 2008, also from Waterloo. In 2010, Rich obtained his Chartered Accountant designation (CPA, CA, Canadian equivalent of U.S. CPA).
Born and raised in Cottam, Ontario, Rich has lived in Toronto, Ontario, and Melbourne, Australia over the past few years. These experiences have helped him develop an appreciation of social and economic diversity. He brings an outside-the-box approach to problem solving to The Business Therapist®, and takes pride in helping others.
Rich is an avid fan of sports, reading, and video games, and can often be found hacking around on a golf course, or glued to a TV on NFL Sundays.
Rafael Giacomassi is the newest member of The Business Therapist® as a Lean Startup Design Junior Advisor. Rafael is an undergraduate student in Mechanical Engineering in Brazil and is currently residing in Windsor, ON as part of his participation in a 16-month exchange program at the University of Windsor. As a student he has developed a diversified background by taking elective classes and developing research in Business and Management areas in addition to his Engineering Major.
Rafael has lived in Brazil, The United Stated of America and Canada, and has traveled to 12 different countries over the past few years. These international experiences give him the ability to adapt to new and challenging situations. Working, living and traveling abroad have made him insightful, sensitive to cultural differences and a global citizen.
When he’s not researching best practices in entrepreneurship, Rafael likes to go to the gym, play squash, and go on ski trips with his friends.
As Director of Digital Communications for The Business Therapist®, Liz is a social media strategist, professional lurker, and website traffic controller. She holds a degree in history from the University of Windsor. Liz has a background of more than 10 years in sales and marketing as a residential real estate agent.
When she’s not researching best practices in social media marketing, Liz helps her community by volunteering for local fundraising and charity events.
She is very happily married with two fur kids. Liz is an NFL fan (go Browns!), loves to travel, a golf junkie and beer enthusiast.