Who are we?
The Courage Group is a professional start-up consulting and 24 hour incorporating/LLC formation services provider company. We help new entrepreneurs, especially baby boomers, successfully start their own business from scratch. Only faster, and with less mystery.
It takes courage, motivation and skill to turn a dream into reality. Plus, some experienced helping hands.
What we do ?
Many people want to start their own business. But most don’t know how, or where to begin. We do.
The Courage Group provides professional, comprehensive, and personalized start-up
consulting. And provides 24 hour, Minnesota Incorporating and LLC Formation Services.
Neil F. Anderson, Founder and President of The Courage Group, Inc. says; “Entrepreneurship remains very popular in America today. And ever since 9/11, people realize that life is just too short. That now is the time to act on their dream and start their own business. Deciding now to control their own time, income and destiny." And according to the 2015 Kauffman Index on Start-up Activity, 530,000 new business owners were created each month during the year.
MEET OUR FOUNDER
"Success is not final; failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts."
"The way to get started is to quit talking
and begin doing."
“Courage is grace under pressure.”
“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear,
not absence of fear.”
“Courage is the price that life exacts
for granting peace.”
Neil Anderson has been helping other entrepreneurs start their own companies for several years. Before starting The Courage Group, Neil held a variety of successful sales and management positions at American Airlines. And served as Director of Sales for American Eagle Airlines.
Neil is a featured speaker on entrepreneur topics for The City of Chicago, Small Business Expo The Minneapolis Chamber of Commerce, Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, Right Management Consultants, Lee Hecht Harrison, Celebrity Cruises, The University of Illinois at Chicago, The University of Chicago/Graduate School of Business/Entrepreneurs Roundtable, The Schaumburg Township District Library, The Chicago Bar Association, Midwest Entrepreneurs Forum, The City of Chicago/ Small Business Expo, NE Minneapolis Chamber of Commerce, Macy’s, Motorola, and the Jewish Vocational Service of Chicago.
A native of North Dakota, Neil earned a bachelor’s degree from The University Of Minnesota. And an Associate’s Degree from Normandale Community College. Outstanding Young Men of America nomination, 1984.
MEDIA APPEARANCES / ARTICLES
Q: What is The Courage Group, Inc.?
A: We are a start-up services and consulting company.
Q: What services do you provide?
A: 24 hour, Minnesota S/C or LLC Formations and premium start-up consulting
Q: Who are your clients?
A: Primarily first time, starting from scratch entrepreneurs. (Especially baby-boomers)
Q: How do you charge for your services?
A: All of our services are flat fee prices, no hourly fees here.
Q: Do you offer free consultations?
Q: Does your company make the determination for me on which entity is best for organizing my new business?
A: No, our clients come to us, after they have determined that either an S or C corporation or LLC is the best for their individual needs. After conducting their own research and/or discussing with their attorney and/or CPA.
Q: I just formed my own corporation. However, I do need proven start-up advice now, does your company offer that?
A: Yes, with our premium start-up consulting service package.
Q: Does your company provide legal or financial advice?
A: No. We are not a legal or CPA firm.
Q: Does your company help entrepreneurs with franchising or buying an existing business?
A: No, we primarily help first-time, starting from scratch entrepreneurs or existing small business owners. (We do, however, incorporate new franchises)
Q: I know The Courage Group incorporates and forms LLC’s in Minnesota, but does your company offer your other services outside Minnesota?
Q: Is Neil available for hire for public speaking events on entrepreneur/small business owner topics?
Q: I need a business website and other corporate identity needs, does your company offer these services?
A: No. But here is a link to a company that does and offers great value at affordable services, it is like getting Champagne for the price of a beer. http://www.digislate.com
Q: Why did Neil name the company The Courage Group, Inc.?
A: You have to have courage to start your own business from scratch. Plus, he also wanted to honor and dedicate the company after his father, Ralph E. Anderson. And all the other U.S. Army Infantrymen, who had served in the Korean War.
Here is a small list from many of our satisfied clients:
Pallab Midya, Ph.D. • Co-Founder • ADX Research, Inc.
"Neil Anderson of The Courage Group, Inc. helped set up our technology consulting company ADX Research, Inc. Neil is highly competent and dedicated. He took care of the paper work for incorporating our company very quickly so that we could continue to focus on our core business. Additionally, he provides a lot of relevant materials and advice that is appropriate for a new business. The fixed fee structure provides excellent value. It’s been a pleasure working with Neil. We would definitely go to him for help with marketing and other related areas."
Joe Heron • Founder/CEO • Crispin Cider Company • Ardea Beverage Company
“The toughest thing in starting a new business is maintaining focus on doing the productive tasks. The Courage Group helped sort out the time consuming job of incorporation quickly and easily, while I stayed focused on the bigger issues like product development, sales and marketing strategy, etc. In addition, they kept me motivated and enthused about the challenges of entrepreneurialism. The Courage Group helped me with the first steps, and they have kept me walking ever since.
Plus, many entrepreneurs are paralyzed by not knowing how to actually start a business. The Business Idea and Plan is important, but everything starts at the beginning, and the beginning is taking your idea and making it real. That means incorporation, etc. Helping start- ups move forward step by step is what The Courage Group does, and as you move forward your confidence and momentum builds. This is important in today's economic climate, if you want job security start your own business. The Courage Group has helped us with two businesses.”
Paddy Noonan • Founder& CEO • IMRadio, Inc.
“Neil Anderson from The Courage Group helped me set up my corporation six years ago. I would not have been able to do it so efficiently without Neil's assistance. Even though that was six years ago, I still periodically contact Neil with business questions. Neil also connected me with other professionals I needed to know. For example, I am still using the attorney that Neil introduced me to over six years ago. If you are looking to set up a company and/or get it going, then Neil Anderson, with The Courage Group, Inc. is the way to go! If you want to be confident that you are getting experienced professional services at a good value, then my one and only recommendation to you would be The Courage Group, Inc.”
M. Grace Sielaff • Founder/President • M. Grace Designs, Inc.
“When I decided to start my own company, I turned to The Courage Group. They took the stress, confusion, and time out of incorporating my company. I used the time saved on planning activities allowing me to begin building my company more quickly. I highly recommend The Courage Group to any new entrepreneur who need help starting and growing their new business.”
Rosi and Andrew Vaughan • DRV Innovations, Inc.
"The Courage Group was instrumental in helping to get our remodeling business up and running. Neil was prompt, expeditiously worked through the necessary steps, and made himself available to us while working on our business filings. He saved us an unimaginable amount of time, was incredibly helpful in providing several business name ideas, and gave us peace of mind knowing that we had covered all of the legal aspects. In addition, he provided us with a plethora of information that has been valuable to have and refer to over time. Overall, it was a great experience working with him; any entrepreneur or aspiring new business owner would benefit greatly from The Courage Group's services."
Stephen Fairley, M.A., RCC • Founder & President • Today’s Leadership Coaching, Inc.
“The Courage Group took the hassle and uncertainty out of formally organizing my new business. I was able to incorporate my company in one meeting, no running around to different government offices, which saved me valuable time. Time that I better used to focus on other aspects of my new business. Not only did I receive my articles of incorporation quickly, The Courage Group processed and expedited the other mandatory Federal, State and local county forms and paperwork as a part of their service. The best part--it cost less than half of what an attorney or CPA would have charged me! Why waste your time and money going to someone else who will charge you twice as much and still make you do a lot of the legwork. As a small business owner, I know I can't afford to.”
Phil Maloney • President • New Way Search Partners, Inc.
“Neil from The Courage Group was a big help to my partner and me when we started our business in 2006. Starting our business and where to begin was a huge unknown for us. Neil helped us start off on the right foot. After four years, we are going strong and doing well. “
Donald W Hoffert • President • Roadmap to Excellence LLC
“Thank you for the council, mentoring, and exceptional "best practice" approach to business startup. It has allowed me to stay focused on the business and consider future efforts around best "business startup" practices that have proven results. Your services were targeted, systematic and highly professional. I know it will pay big dividends as I help other organizations create their own "Roadmap to Excellence". For business excellence!
John Manson • Founder/President • John Manson & Associates, Inc.
"I was extremely pleased with the services offered by the Courage Group when I incorporated my new business earlier this year. I was given the Courage Group's name through a referral and they came as a Godsend during a time of need. They were able to put together a complete, concise and well-executed program for getting my business started. Best of all, they probably saved me hundreds of dollars that might have been needlessly spent with an expensive legal firm. I would highly recommend The Courage Group to any of my business peers and associates."
Alison Howland • Founder • Spa Success Consultants, Inc.
“In starting any new project or venture, the unknowns can be overwhelming. Neil Anderson and The Courage Group were able to help me to understand what I needed to begin my own business and better yet, helped save me hours of researching by providing the right tools and documents and a clear concise roadmap to begin. Because of The Courage Group and Neil's support I was able to incorporate my business quickly, correctly and legally. For the first investment in my new company, this was money well spent.”
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