James J. Talerico, Jr. is an award-winning author, speaker, and a nationally recognized small to mid-sized (SMB) business expert.
With more than thirty- (30) years of diversified business experience, Jim has a solid track record and an A+ BBB rating helping thousands of business owners across the US and in Canada tackle tough business problems to improve the performance of their organizations.
His client success stories have been highlighted in the Wall St. Journal, Dallas Business Journal, Chicago Daily Herald, and on MSNBC's Your Business. He was named "Texas Business Consulting CEO of the Year," by CEO Today Magazine, identified as a "Top 10 Management Consulting Entrepreneur to Watch in 2023" by Entrepreneur Magazine, was listed among the “10 Most Visionary Companies to Watch in 2023” by Inc. Magazine, and has also been ranked among the "Top Small Business Consultants" followed on Twitter.
For more than half a decade, Jim was a regular guest on "The Price of Business," a nationally syndicated radio program on Bloomberg Talk Radio, and has also appeared on WBAP – Dallas, TX, KXYL – Brownwood, TX, WLW – Cincinnati, OH, WKIM – Memphis, TN KXYL – Lexington, KY, WHO – Des Moines, IA, WOOD – Grand Rapids, MI, WERC – Birmingham, AL, WAAV – Wilmington, NC, WSJK – Champagne, IL, KPNW – Eugene, OR, and in other FOX Radio interviews. He is a regular contributor to several blog sites and has frequently been quoted in publications like the New York Times, Dallas Morning News, Philadelphia Inquirer, The Entrepreneur’s Review, and on INC.com, in addition to numerous, other industry publications, radio broadcasts, business books, and Internet media.
Jim received a Gold "Stevie Award” for "Thought Leader of the Year,” a Gold "Stevie Award” for "Media Hero of the Year During Covid” and a Bronze “Stevie Award” for “Best Entrepreneur” in the Category of “Business and Professional Services” at the American Business Awards ® in New York City. The competition received more than 3,700 nominations and is the premier accolade for business excellence in the US honoring organizations of all sizes and industries. Jim also received an "Outstanding Leadership Award” at the Money 2.0 Conference for his contributions to the financial services industry.
Jim is the author of "8 Steps to Becoming An ETHICS FOCUSED ORGANIZATION,"™ a small business certification program that utilizes a unique eight - (8) step approach for strengthening ethics in any organization. The certification program won the Better Business Bureau’s "Torch Award for Ethics" for the North – Central Texas Region, the Better Business Bureau’s "International Torch Award for Ethics", and a Gold "Stevie Award" for “Ethics in Sales” at the International Sales & Customer Service Stevie Awards ®. Participants who complete this certification program are eligible to receive eight – (8) continuing education units from the University of Texas' Division of Enterprise Development.
His public speaking experience includes many well-known business associations, such as the Institute of Management Consultants (IMC USA,) the Houston Chapter of American Subcontractors Association (ASA,) Success North Dallas, The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) located in Plano, Texas, and different Local Chambers of Commerce.
He is also a Certified Management Consultant (CMC) ® and an active member of the Institute of Management Consultants. The Certified Management Consultant ® mark is awarded by the Institute of Management Consultants USA (IMC USA) and represents evidence of the highest standards of consulting, a commitment to continuous development, and an adherence to the ethical canons of the profession. Less than 1% of all consultants in the world are Certified Management Consultants (CMC) ®. [Click Here for IMCUSA’s Code of Ethics.]
Jim currently serves as the IMC Dallas – Fort Worth Chapter President and has actively participated on different IMC USA national committees.
He, moreover, completed his ISO 20700 Self-Declaration Checklist Training from the International Council of Management Consulting Institutes (ICMCI.) [Click Here for Greater Prairie Business Consulting, Inc.’s ISO 20700 Self-Declaration Check List Template.]
He received his Certified Business Exit Consultant (CBEC) ® designation from The International Exit Planning Association (IEPA) to help entrepreneurs, small business owners, family businesses, and middle market companies maximize their business exit.
Jim has, furthermore, served as a strategic advisory board member to several "for-profit" and "non-profit" organizations, is a Judging Chair for the International Sales and Customer Service Stevie Awards ®, a past Judge for Texas Consilium’s Business Excellence Awards, and has volunteered his time to numerous causes.
Jim has a B.A. in English & World Literature from Rutgers University, a B.S. in Business Administration from Thomas A. Edison University, and he is in the process of completing his M.B.A. from the University of Texas – Arlington.