Mentor List

Jeff Levy

Levy, Jeff

Job Title: Owner
Company: The Entrepreneur's Source
Industry: Consulting
Mentor Since: Fall 1995
Will Mentor: Graduate Students

Job Description

I meet with clients and discuss all issues relating to self employment including emotional barriers.

Company Description

The Entrepreneur's Source is a consulting and coaching firm that specializes in helping our clients discover business options that meet their goals, needs and expectations. Our process is divided into two compartments, the first being our educational compartment.Here you will have the opportunity to seek the answers to your questions about franchising and learn if our process will add value to your quest.In the second compartment, I will present you with business options based on the information you share with me about what you are trying to achieve. You may find it interesting to know that 95% of our clients discover options that they would not have looked at on their own or had prematurely dismissed. New company started in addition to The Entrepreneur's Source. JAFI Publishing founded in 2009. First book June 2011.

Employment History

Executive with a strong, proven track record for building successful brands and national distribution programs. Last sixteen years managed a 25 branch network offering rentals, sales and service products to contractors. Oversaw several, successful new product campaigns from development to market dominance. Played major role developing national accounts and significantly increased business opportunities. Grew a direct distribution channel from 80 individuals to an industry leading organization of 215 people. Founded JAFI Publishing to coauthor a book on starting a small business "Making the Jump Into Small Business Ownership" by Nilsen & Levy.

Other areas of expertise and industry experience:

Product Experience:
* Construction Equipment
* Personnel Safety Equipment
* Medical Equipment
* Electronic Equipment
* Franchising

* Hiring, Performance Evaluation
* Compensation Planning
* Motivation, Coaching, Mediation
* Market Analysis
* Strategic Account Development
* Contract Negotiation
* Coaching

Nominated "Small Business Advocate 2016" by SBA

2002 to Present The Entrepreneur's Source
1986 -2002 Spider, a Division of SafeWorks, LLC. Executive Vice
President and co-founder of a $60MM manufacturing company.
American Hospital Supply, General Manager, American Edwards Laboratories
Physio-Control Corporation, New York Sales Representative


Fordham University 1971, Bachelor of Arts, Bronx, New York
American Management Association, Finance for the Non-Financial Executive
American Hospital Supply Corporation, Strategic Planning, Hiring and Recruiting

Mentoring Objectives & Scope

My objective as a Mentor is to first establish with the students, their objectives for our time together. Due to my background being oriented to entrepreneurship, I usually attract students who currently or in the future see themselves as self-employed. We will meet once a month. The students will take away a much better understanding of what it takes to start a business.

When and where do you hold meetings with your students?

Flexible / (Works in Seattle)

Additional Information

I always begin by offering a free DISC assessment so the students get a chance to understand their unique communication style. It will help them communicate better in all situations. Also, I am a diehard optimist who believes in opportunity and abundance.

Board Chairman: SU Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center Advisory Board

Chairman: Bellevue Business Roundtable

Chairman: Seattle U Entrepreneurship Center Advisory Board (ended in June 2019)

Instructor on Entrepreneurship with King County Library System

Member: Downtown District Council