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Consultant Profile: Kostas Ioannidis (K.I.),
Business Consultant,
Greenville Area SBDC,
Start Date: September 1, 2015

Kostas Ioannidis is justifiably proud of his father and grateful to have grown-up under his influence. “As the owner of a construction business, my father stressed the importance of education both in and outside the classroom. So with his encouragement, I earned a degree in financial management and then went to work for an accounting software development company.” When he had a few successful years under his belt, Ioannidis parlayed his “book learning” and “real-world experience” to become an independent business consultant with an emphasis in small business accounting, inventory management and customer service. “Several years later I was ready for another challenge. So, in addition to managing my consulting business, I served as the controller for a multi-store retailer from 2004 to 2007.”┬áIn September 2015Kostas was hired as a business consultant with the Greenville Area SBDC.

Question: What motivated you to become an SC SBDC consultant?
K.I.: Over the years I’ve enjoyed working with entrepreneurs and making a difference in the success of their businesses. Becoming an SC SBDC consultant was a natural progression. I am able to continue doing what I love while working and growing with an incredible team of peers.

Question: As a consultant, what inspires you?
K.I: Seeing the successes and gratitude of the clients I’ve helped.

Question: Working as an SC SBDC consultant has enable you to:
K.I.: Achieve a better work/life balance while continuing to help aspiring entrepreneurs achieve their dreams.

Question: The quote that best expresses your philosophy toward work/life/success is?
K.I.: “If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.” – Jim Rohn

Question: Based on your experience, what is the best piece of advice you would offer aspiring business owners?
K.I.: Save, sacrifice, prepare, plan, communicate, be diligent and know your weaknesses. You need to save every opportunity you have. Expect to make sacrifices and give up other things you may enjoy doing. Prepare and do your research so you are ready for the expected and can minimize the blows of the unexpected. Plan every detail in writing to ensure you have a clear vision of your goal and how you intend to achieve it. Communicate with everyone directly or indirectly impacted by your quest (especially loved ones). You must be diligent and maintain focus. Know your weaknesses and find ways to overcome them.

Question: What hobby or activities keep you busy when you’re not assisting clients?
K.I.: Spending time with my family, winemaking, carpentry and traveling.

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