Investor Connect Podcast

On this episode of Investor Connect, Hall welcomes Patrick Michael Snyder, Executive Director at BizStarts.

BizStarts brings entrepreneurs together from all backgrounds, ethnicities, and beliefs to create a collaborative learning environment that embodies positivity, inspires confidence, and develops people’s capacity to achieve personal success and business growth. Working together, they are creating economic opportunity, communities with unique character, and a vibrant city with prosperity for all. BizStarts provides education, training, one-on-one coaching, and connections to resources. All services are free of charge.

Patrick has tremendous experience running social and for-profit ventures. His largest wins are in the area of organizational growth. At the age of 27, Patrick started, grew, and sold Shoreline Magazine. The publication went from having two to 20 employees in roughly three years with Patrick as Founder and CEO. As Executive Director, He transformed The Illinois Travel and Tourism Association, Visit Illinois, from a 30-member club into a federation of Illinois Tourism Associations with a membership in the hundreds of thousands while increasing the budget by a factor of six!

Patrick has excellent consulting and operations experience. While working with Billionaire, Best Selling Author Steve Kaplan, Patrick and Steve focused on “Consulting for Growth” for small to mid-size companies, associations, and chambers of commerce--Patrick also performed big client sales and customer service training events and consulting for companies like Panasonic, AT&T, Frito Lay, and Oracle.

Patrick is a former Adjunct Professor at Kendall College, and Roosevelt University. As an educator, he is constantly searching for ways to enrich the lives of students. Patrick is also a published contributing author in the highly acclaimed book, “he Start-up Student” and has served on the advisory boards of several companies. Patrick served as Executive Director of the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship for 5 years, where he grew reserves from 28K to over 500K during that time! Most recently, Patrick was named  Executive Director at BizStarts Milwaukee. 

Patrick has a BA in Communications from Eastern Illinois University, an IOM designation from the US Chamber's Institute for Organizational Management at the University of Notre Dame, and holds a graduate certificate in leadership from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Patrick details his background before BizStarts, discusses how he sees the self-employment industry evolving, and some of the challenges faced in customer funding.

You can visit BizStarts at, via LinkedIn at, and via Twitter at

Patrick can be contacted via email at, and via LinkedIn at


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