about Kent

Kent Burnes

*Speaker, Author, Trainer*

Kent J. Burnes is the principal consultant and vision behind Burnes
Consulting. He received a degree in finance from Memphis State University and is certified in the area of Economic Development Finance by the National Development Council. Kent has over 29 years of experience in the field of economic development and small business consulting including service as a consultant to the National Main Street Center and countless Downtown organizations from coast to coast. Retaining and expanding small businesses in ever changing markets is the primary focus of Kent's work whether it be working with the downtown association or each individual business. Through training seminars, speaking engagements and individual consulting, over 225,000 business owners/managers in 500+ communities have benefited from his advice. As a small business owner, Kent not only "talks the talk; he walks the walk." Small business owners can identify and relate to Kent because of his small business roots.

Mr. Burnes has assisted groups in all fifty states, Canada, Mexico, Central and South America in drafting plans for creating economic prosperity through the development of their communities. Mr. Burnes has acted as project manager to the Sheridan, Wyoming and Flagstaff, Arizona Main Street programs. Mr. Burnes has further assisted over 150 other communities as a consultant on the Main Street Four Point Approach to downtown management and is known for his hands on approach in formulating individual plans for each community.

Kent is a gifted speaker. Combing his speaking style with his knowledge and passion keeps him in high demand on the National speaking circuit. Kent's workshop "Sharpening Your Competitive Edge" has been recognized nationally and internationally by receiving Silver Appy and Mercury awards.

Mr. Burnes is the author of "Competing With National Discounters",
"Facing the Warehouse Home Center Challenge", "7 Secrets to Small Business Success", "Secrets to Small Business Success" and the audio book "More Secrets to Small Business Success".

About Burnes Consulting

Burnes Consulting is a small business and economic development-consulting firm. Kent Burnes, founder, has been a speaker, author and trainer since 1985. Kent focuses on issues facing communities and the small businesses that call them home.

Communities appreciate the no nonsense down to earth approach that Kent Burnes takes on each and every project. Kent Burnes is a proponent of the National Main Street Center's Main Street Approach, he should be, Kent was one of the first Main Street Project Managers in the United States. Some communities have used Burnes' services to assist with the entire process of implementing a downtown revitalization program while others have called on Kent to provide assessment and resource team services for already established programs. Over 750 communities have invited Kent Burnes to present "Making Money Downtownę" an award winning program that outlines the approach to business and downtown revitalization. Kent has a knack for making each component of a management program easy to understand and exciting for the entire community. Over 275 communities have enlisted the services of Burnes Consulting to help them achieve success in revitalizing their downtown centers.

Small business success is the root of every downtown's success. It stands to reason that the same firm that teaches downtown revitalization techniques would have a few good tips for small businesses too. Small businesses must believe in the message Kent Burnes brings to them because more than 225,000 small business owners have attended at least one of Kent's workshops or seminars. Kent's book, Secrets to Small Business Success has found a home in more than 100,000 businesses nationwide and the audio book "More Secrets to Small Business Success" was quickly snapped up as well. Kent's workshops have met with rave reviews coast to coast. Kent has a gift for teaching and training that audience's love and respond to in a positive manner. Motivation, humor, and education all form a combination that is a winner with any group or convention.


Please direct all inquires by email to: kent@burnesconsulting.com


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