Mike Michalowicz

Bestselling Author

MIKE MICHALOWICZ (pronounced mi-’kal-ō-wits) started his first business at the age of 24, moving his young family to the only safe place he could afford – a retirement building. With no experience, no contacts and no savings he systematically bootstrapped a multi-million dollar business. Then he did it again. And again. Now he is doing it for other entrepreneurs. Mike is the CEO of Provendus Group, a consulting firm that ignites explosive growth in companies that have plateaued; is a former small business columnist for The Wall Street Journal; is MSNBC’s  business make-over expert; is a keynote speaker on entrepreneurship; and is the author of the cult classic book, The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur. His newest book, The Pumpkin Plan has already been called “the next E-myth!”  Decide for yourself – book details.

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  • In his early 20s, Mike saved big bucks by moving into a retirement building with his wife and young son, where he became a mean canasta player.
  • He is a recipient of the SBA’s Young Entrepreneur of The Year Award – and a (marginally) good guitar player.
  • Despite the fact that he would rather get a beer than take a final exam, Mike is a graduate of Inc. & MIT’s Birthing of Giants Entrepreneurial Program and is a guest speaker at Harvard, Princeton, eBay, SBA and organizations throughout the world.
  • His obsession with behavioral science borders on geeky. (Okay, it IS geeky.)
  • His Wikipedia page is the only place you can find his real age. He is not really 78 years old, like he says.

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