SmarterIdeas Inc.

Charlotte, NC

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About this pro

How does your business stand out?

I share a unique blend of strategy, skills and tools mixed with tenacity, action and results! Ideas flow freely and constantly. Surrounding myself with experts in all fields of business or industry gives me the edge to ensure your success. I believe in listening with a keen ear to identify what my clients really want to accomplish. “Our methods work because we expect to see results every-time. I have the tenacity to not “let go of my clients even in the hard times! Often my 90 minute targeted strategy sessions will provide you with the kick start you need to reach that next level or target! With over 30 years of actual business training and coaching experience, I can bring a wealth of ideas and proven strategies for success to you and your company!

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I love seeing the light in someones eyes when they connect with a new idea or turn the corner in their life or business. Seeing someone succeed is such a huge reward for me and adding something to the success of others is the highest form of payment I can ever receive. Watching my clients become more confident in the areas of their business or personal life that they had no confidence and helping them feel more empowered in their business goals.
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Charlotte, NC 28273

Years in business


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5 Reviews
  • Tim B. Aug 5, 2014
    Working with Kathy has been a positive influence on my business. She comes to the table with a good sense of how to work with people and get the best out of them. I learned long ago that a good coach does have to poke or prod you to get results - but takes you where you are and draws the things needed from within you. That is how I see Kathy.
  • Jimmy C. Oct 21, 2013
    If you are a small business owner who wants to strategically and methodically grow your company then you are looking in the right place! Not only does she provide excellent methods for improving communication, organization, and a mission for your business but she also has a vast knowledge of social media marketing and strategy! She is essentially a one-stop shop to mapping out the growth of your company! Kathleen also has a large rolodex and has networked "us" in with many clients. I highly recommend Kathleen of SmarterIdeas Inc.!
  • Tony T. Oct 21, 2013
    Business Consulting
    Verified Review
    Kathy is very personable and knowledgeable at what she does. She has a good communication skill and provide us with a lot of ideas for setting up the new business and also with marketing ideas. She is easy to deal with and always ready to help us if we have any questions.
  • Scotty E. Oct 17, 2013
    The only reason that I stuck doing my biz is due to The comforting reinforcement of Cathy smart. Over 50 million dollars has been done due to The mentoring that I received from Cathy. She is a relationship creator and just an overall asset to any business. If you're looking to work with her, Lucky you
  • James C. Aug 20, 2013
    Kathleen Smart is a business strategist who provides professional and always useful ideas and techniques that increase business growth and profitability. She has helped me with my personal and business branding, sharing her knowledge and practical business solutions of business success. I look forward to working with Kathleen again.


What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
We base most of our work by the project and guarantee complete satisfaction and will continue to work no matter how long it takes for the project to be completed. We believe that every client deserves individual attention and a plan that fits within their budget.
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
We will meet together in person or by phone and do a complete evaluation of the business owners needs and concerns. I will provide a complete proposal to outline the scope of work and schedule for completion.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I began at working in the restaurant industry and quickly discovered a real skill in working with people and serving others. I managed Dairy Queens for over 10 years before moving into a store manager and training position with Southland Corporation. Later in my career I became a regional business director providing ongoing training and support to over 140 independent retail barter and trade brokers and their members. It was during this time I developed a real passion for mentoring, coaching and training entrepreneurs and business owners.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I work with my clients on overall business such as establishing a mission, vision and strategic plan. I act as a sounding board and provide practical advice and ongoing support in their decision making process. I provide training for customer service, team building and core values. I can also assist with advertising, marketing and social media decisions and evaluate the best course of action in order to produce the best ROI. I also provide barter consulting to companies who choose to participate in retail or corporate trading.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
We gave a commercial cleaning company a complete website and social media makeover and suggested some very simple low cost marketing placements and within 60 days of these changes our client received an opportunity to bid on a very large opportunity. They attributed it to their new updated look.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Be sure that the coach or consultant understands what your objectives and end goals are. Choose someone who is able to relate to you and that you feel you can trust and listens and supports your decisions and holds you to your word.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
That I care and am committed to the success of others. If I don't have an answer I will find it and if I am not the right person to help them I will always find the person that can. My work has taken me all over the world and there are so many ideas and solutions that people just aren't aware of. I am always amazed at how a simple idea or thought can help someone turn the corner or make a critical adjustment to provide huge rewards.