Transitions | Multigenerational

Laurie Barkman

I provide strategic plan consulting coupled with operational coaching to make a sustainable impact.

My mission is guiding entrepreneurs to achieve clarity so their ideas can take flight.

I launched SmallDotBig to work with closely held companies and family businesses to develop innovations that create enterprise value and transition plans to achieve their long-term goals.

Succession & Business Transitions

•  Strategic planning to accelerate value creation as part of exit planning and business transitions.

Entrepreneurial Innovation

•  Guiding traditional companies with corporate startup process and tools.

Market Disruption

•  Assessing customer needs and identifying market and financial opportunities.

Next Act Vision & Planning

•  Coaching accomplished people preparing for significant business transitions and their Next Act.

How we create value:

  • Strategy planning
  • Revenue generation
  • Strategic marketing
  • Competitive differentiation
  • Value acceleration
  • Digital transformation
  • Go-to-Market | customer research
  • Business performance improvement
  • Accountability and goal cascading
  • Next Act vision and planning

Personal interests

  • Creator and Host of the Succession Stories Podcast-- insights for next generation entrepreneurs
  • Corporate Startup Lab – Entrepreneurship Course Instructor at Carnegie Mellon University
  • Board Member, The Pittsburgh Promise
  • Former Co-Chair, Women for Economic and Leadership Development, Pittsburgh Chapter
  • MBA from Carnegie Mellon University and BS Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University



Web page:

Podcast:  A conversation about ageless entrepreneurship between Laurie Barkman and Rick Terrien

Contact:  Please use the contact form on the web site