Global Advancement LLC

Global Advancement LLC

By Jim Jordan on Sep 15th, 2000 12:28 PM

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Global Advancement LLC
Location: World Trade Center, Suite 300, 333 West Vine Street

How to Contact: (859) 231-8575 or

Services: Fund-raising consultants for charities and not-for-profit groups

Owners: Robert K. Lewis, 65, president; Wendy G. Lewis, 62, co-owner

Year business started: 1991

Source of start-up capital: Personal savings

Number of Employees: 19, including four full-time and 15 part-time

Annual Revenues: More than $350,000 in 2000

Number of customers: More than 20 in a typical year

Well-known customers: Kentucky History Center, Citizens' Scholarship Foundation of America

How owners network with other business people: Through the programs of the Greater Lexington Chamber of Commerce and the Better Business Bureau of Central and Eastern Kentucky.

A mentor who helped start or develop business: Doug Lawson of New York-based Doug Lawson & Associates, a fund-raising expert who advised Lewis when he was starting Global Advancement.

Books reading now: Anderson's Way: The Story of an Entrepreneur, by Ralph G. Anderson

Biggest business mistake: Not having a dedicated business phone when business was started in owners home

Biggest business success: The Lexington Children's Theatre campaign in 1996-98 that raised $2.8 million and gave the 60-year-old group a permanent home


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