After 20+ years in the corporate world working with Fortune 100 companies to increase their sales and profits, Heather Yakes chose to “come back home” and fulfill her passion for helping small-to medium-size businesses in her Central Ohio community do the same. Heather started ActionCOACH Central Ohio—a franchise of ActionCOACH Business Coaching, the #1 business coaching firm in the world—in her home with $0 in revenue and 0 clients, and she was running all aspects of the business by herself. She now has both a Marketing Coordinator and an Employee Business Coach, and together they coach 25+ local business owners on a weekly basis.
ActionCOACH Central Ohio has experienced steady growth for the past six years and the team continues to fulfill Heather’s original mission. Through community involvement, business education and training, and transformative programs for business owners and leaders, we are proud to make significant contributions to the Fairfield County and Central Ohio communities.
Company Awards and Accomplishments:
ActionCOACH Central Ohio’s founder, Heather Yakes, is a globally recognized industry leader in the business coaching field. She is ranked top 10 in the United States and top 25 Worldwide and has been the recipient of numerous awards in recent years, including:
In the past six years we have dedicated just shy of 1,000 hours of free business training and education to over 1,500 business owners and leaders throughout Central Ohio through our complimentary seminars and our partnerships with local Chambers. These seminars and training programs are our way to give back to the community and reflect our firm’s values.
Our team also gives back to the community through our involvement with local boards, committees, programs, and events including:
Heather joined forces with the Lancaster-Fairfield County Chamber of Commerce, the Ohio Chamber of Commerce, and other small business owners to testify before the Senate Finance Committee in opposition of HB166 (Small Business Income Tax Deduction) – a bill that would negatively impact small businesses across the state. Heather’s testimony was used in meetings and sessions with law makers as part of the Ohio Chambers’ arguments, and the two-year Ohio operating budget finally passed in July after the first deadline extension in a decade. In the end, the Business Income Deduction was completely restored to the full $250,000 of business income, with the 3% rate cap on additional business income.
Far beyond the team’s achievements, our proudest accomplishment is the success of our clients. On average, our clients experience 50% growth in revenue and 135% growth in profit year after year. At our regional award ceremony and client appreciation event, our top-performing clients were recognized as the ActionCOACH Regional Business Excellence Award Winners for achieving:
✔275% increase in revenue ✔60% increase in gross profit ✔285% increase in net profit
One client in particular, a third-generation owner of a lumber company, was able to pay off over $500,000 in supplier debt in just one year. Since working with our team, the company has achieved its most profitable year in its 60-year history.
Our clients have also been recognized at national award ceremonies (Business Excellence Awards and BizX) in the following categories:
These are just a few examples of the impact we are making for our clients, their families, their employees, and the Central Ohio community. We are truly changing lives, and their results are the reason we are excited to come to work every day.
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