What we do
Meet Our Founder
Neil F. Anderson has been helping people start-up since 2001. And is a published author, media contributor for The Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, Minneapolis StarTribune, CNNMoney.com, USA Today.com, ABCNews.com, Fortune Small Business, Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank, HomeBusiness, MSN.com, Chicagoland Television, WGN Radio/WGN TV, NBC 5 Chicago, Fox 9 News, KARE 11 News (Twin Cities) , AOL.com/Small Business, Business Opportunities, and National Association of Seed and Venture Funds.
The Courage Group Story
Like many of his clients, Neil spent years in the corporate world, worked hard, and climbed the corporate ladder. Then one day, boom. Adios Neil. Then the light bulb went off, asking himself, why not start your own business? Why not control your own time, income, and destiny? Neil decided it was time to start a business, that helps other people (especially boomers) start their own business. The Courage Group was born with $2,400 in start-up capital.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is The Courage Group, Inc.?
A start-up services and consulting company.
What services do you provide?
24 hour, Minnesota Incorporating/LLC Formations and start-up consulting.
Does your company provide legal or financial advice?
No. We are not a legal or CPA firm.
Does your company help entrepreneurs with franchising or buying an existing business?
No. We can, however, form corporations or LLC’s after people have purchased a franchise.
Does The Courage Group form corporations or LLC’s outside the State of Minnesota?
Does the Courage Group form Minnesota Non-Profit Corporations, Minnesota Nonprofit Limited Liability Companies or Minnesota Limited Partnerships?
No. Only for Profit, S or C Corporations and LLC’s (Limited Liability Companies)
Do you provide clients with start-up consulting?
Yes, with Premium MN S Corp or LLC Formation Packages. Or, as separate package.
Does The Courage Group decide for me on which entity is best for organizing my new business?
No, our clients come to us, after they have done their homework. And have determined that either an S or C corporation, LLC is the best for their individual business entity needs. And after conducting their own research, discussing needs with their attorney and/or CPA.
I ‘m already incorporated or have formed my LLC, but I now need proven start-up advice now. Does your company offer that?
Yes, contact us for ala carte quote.
Who are your clients?
New entrepreneurs, mostly encore entrepreneurs ages 45 and up.
How do you charge for your services?
Our services are flat fee prices, no hourly fees here.
Do you offer free consultations?
Is Neil available for hire for public speaking events on entrepreneur/small business owner topics?
I need a business website and other corporate identity needs, does your company offer these services?
No. But here is a link to a company that does and offers great value at affordable services. “Like getting Champagne for the price of a beer.” http://www.digislate.com
I need Trademark, Patent, Copyright and other business legal services, does The Courage Group provide legal help?
No. The Courage Group is not a legal firm. But here is a link to Winthrop & Weinstine, a local Twin Cities law firm that we highly recommend: http://www.winthrop.com
Why did Founder, Neil F. Anderson, name the company The Courage Group, Inc.?
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.
A Sampling of Client Thoughts
“It was a lucky day that I got referred to Neil at The Courage Group to help me set up my business. He was patient, explained the process clearly and got it done fast, complete and very professionally. But what I got out of my contract with Neil was way above registering my company and getting all the paperwork done. He generously shared his advice, tips and experiences including a lot of great templates and thought starter points.”
“As you venture into entrepreneurship it’s really important to have clear, sound advice and support. Neil Anderson of The Courage Group provided this and more. Guiding me effectively through the process from naming to company registration and pro-actively bringing his wealth of knowledge to ensure I
understood critical success factors and avoided pitfalls during the start-up phase of my business.”
“Neil Anderson of The Courage Group helped set up our technology consulting company ADX Research, Inc. Neil is highly competent and dedicated. He took care of the paperwork 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.”
“The Courage Group was instrumental in helping to get our remodeling business up and running. They were prompt, expeditiously worked through the necessary steps, saving us an unimaginable amount of time, Overall, it was a great experience working with them; any entrepreneur or aspiring new business owner would benefit greatly from The Courage Group’s services.”
“Partnering with the Courage Group helped me get my business up and running in a fraction of the time it would have taken me on my own. Neil’s background and experience saved a lot of time to properly set up Integritas – MCG. The step by step process, attention to detail, and sense of urgency are valued assets to the service his firm provides.”
“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.”
“I was a restless businessman looking for direction in the presentation of my business plan for funding. Serendipitously, I came across Neil Anderson, who like a patient sage guided me through the first and the last draft of my business plan. “The Courage Group did a great job of helping me develop and write a very credible, professional and compelling business plan. They have an effective, systematic approach towards the writing process. With they’re personalized, one-on-one help, I was able to write my business plan much faster than I expected. They also helped me condense my completed business plan into a persuasive and concise investor presentation. Armed with the right paperwork, I was able to successfully secure angel investor funding for my business.”Now, here is an inspirational man, whose determination and knowledge of the business environment is acute beyond comprehension. His own path in business had steeled and forged an expert that is right on, on almost every issue in the consummation of a successful business. He is positive, aware of your hurdles, and is utterly proactive with that infectious enthusiasm, which you cannot help but succumb to it. For what he has accomplished, Neil Anderson is very humble, persistent and the best entrepreneurial evangelist around. He is also a brilliant PR man, who had facilitated my business’s appearance on CLTV few years back. Fortunately, the facts are with him, and he is a walking testimonial for the way he conducts himself and his business, and I am ecstatic for having him on my side!”
“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. The Courage Group has helped us with two businesses.”
“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.”