Meet the Panel

Alameda Chamber of Commerce

Small Business ThinkTank

Meet the Panel

Susan Strong
Business Coach

Susan has over 30 years in Fortune 500, growth and start-up businesses coaching executives in the development of superior systems, processes, and leadership skills. Her expertise includes developing organizational efficiencies, creating strategic plans and honing management capabilities. Susan has global experience in Europe and Asia and is currently Chairman of the Business Advisory Board for the Diablo Valley College Business School and is also an advisor to the John F Kennedy University Business Advisory Board.


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Michael McDonough
Sr. Financial Services Representative
Principal Financial Group

For over 25 years Michael McDonough has helped business leaders find financial solutions to both business and individual challenges. Michael specializes in helping small to mid-sized businesses with strategic financial opportunities including executive benefits and succession planning. He is President of the Alameda, California Chamber of Commerce, serves on the Argosy University Business Advisory Board and on the College of Alameda Entrepreneur and Business Advisory Board.


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Andy Lambert
Growth Strategist
AL Growth Strategies

Andy Lambert is a marketing expert dedicated to helping entrepreneurs grow meaningful, profitable businesses by communicating complex ideas and translating cutting edge theories into hands-on strategies and solutions that you can understand and use today to take your business to the next level. Andy is also an adjunct professor teaching undergraduate Business Strategy at the College of Business at San Francisco State University.


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Doug Waite

Doug Waite is a sole proprietor CPA in the Alameda, CA area that provides tax compliance and planning services to small business owners and their families. In addition, Doug assists small business owners with their accounting and finance matters to ensure that companies maintain a positive cash flow and are able to make sound business decisions.


Phil Holt
Sunbelt Business Brokers

Phil Holt is a Certified Business Broker and principal broker/owner of Sunbelt Business Brokers of San Francisco/Oakland. Phil facilitates the buying or selling of profitable small to medium sized businesses. He is a member of the International Business Brokers Association, the California Association of Business Brokers and is Vice President of the Alameda Chamber of Commerce. Phil is a former Navy SEAL Team and has owned 10 businesses in diverse fields such a wireless communications, marine contracting and management consulting


Scott Dallas
Law Office of Scott Dallas

Scott Dallas, principal attorney at the Law Office, founded the firm with a vision to offer accessible and affordable legal services to individuals, entrepreneurs and small business owners.  Mr. Dallas began his licensed legal career as a staff attorney at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart Oliver and Hedges working on patent infringement, trade secret misappropriation and securities litigation matters.  More recently, he worked as a contract attorney at Hopkins Carley in San Jose, where he worked closely with associates and partners in the litigation department on trade secret, real estate and employment matters.