Strategy Sounding Board

$499.00 every 3 months

Hire us to be your business guides.

We’ll help you understand and manage the complex interactions among your marketing strategy, supply chain, working capital, and financing choices. Subscribers to this service can schedule conversations on an as-needed basis. That typically works out to be up to four focused conversations per quarter. There’s no preset limit, though. The needs of your business will determine the pacing of our interactions. The subscription fee covers all of our pre-work and follow-up.

If you want us to help you take a deep dive into a topic—the development of a quantitative, simulating model, for instance—we’ll prepare a supplementary project proposal. There are no surprise fees, and you’ll always be in control of your budget. You can pause and restart your subscription at any time.

Over the last 30 years, Dave Bayless and Laura Black have worked in bootstrapped businesses, venture-backed startups, and large corporations. They’ve played key roles in more than $500 million of financing commitments as entrepreneurs, lenders, and equity investors. Dave and Laura have learned about business in the trenches and by earning advanced degrees from some of the nation’s leading business schools. Their broad experience enables them to offer an integrative perspective on your business. They are committed to helping founders of human scale businesses like yours succeed on your terms.


We’ll work with you to help you answer strategic questions.

  • How much growth can I afford?
  • How much financing will I need and for how long?
  • How will my marketing channel strategy impact my cash over time?
  • What’s the right financing for my business?
  • What are the financial and marketing implications of offshoring or onshoring the manufacture of my product?
  • How do I assess the tradeoffs among pricing, terms, and growth?
  • Under what conditions might it make sense to outsource fulfillment?

We aren’t gurus or coaches. We’re strategy guides.

Here’s what other business founders say:

“Human Scale Business has been so helpful in getting a 30,000 ft view of my business. There’s no shortage of articles on different elements of e-commerce online, but it’s easy to lose sight of how they all work together. Human Scale Business helps synthesize the tactics resulting in a better understanding of your business and the best growth strategy for you.”

“Human Scale Business was incredibly helpful to me. As an inventor of  the Jelt Belt, I had so many questions about running a business. They were able to answer my questions and give me sage advice. The people at Human Scale business have been there, done that. I’ve learned so much in a very short time!”

Want to learn more about how we can help you craft the strategy that fits your objectives? Let’s talk.