River City Six: Jason Wollen
No Coast Business Advisors (www.nocoastbusinessadvisers.com) offers a complete suite of services specifically targeted to those who are looking to buy or sell a business. Jason Wollen is the co-owner of No Coast Business Advisors.
Tell us a little about your business. – As a Nebraska business brokerage and consulting firm, the goal of No Coast Business Advisors is to help the business owners within our territory to reach their goals, whether that means selling a business to qualified buyers, finding them an investor/business partner, or helping them license their business’s products, as just a few examples. We take confidentiality very seriously and are also able to provide recommendations for accounting, legal services, and financial advisors that we have a working relationship with and trust to have our client’s best interest at heart.
How did you get started in the business? – We started out doing it privately for business owners who came to us for help. This went on for several years before we made the decision to liquidate our other business assets and do brokering full-time publicly.
What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced professionally? – Starting my first business; it was tough going in the beginning. I had to work another job to provide capital for the new business as well as setting up how we wanted operations to work. I also felt the need to learn all of the labor laws and a lot of other things to ensure our business was running above-board. Then after we got it off of the ground, there were a lot of 12-hour days or more spent running around to keep clients happy and check up on employees in addition to worrying about promoting our services to new clients.
What has been your most important achievement professionally? – I think that the creation of No Coast Business Advisors has been my greatest achievement to date. Though at times it is still stressful, my business partner and I both have the opportunity to help local business owners and feel strongly about bringing ethical business practices to the professional field of business brokering in Nebraska.
Tell us a little about your family. – My family has lived in Nebraska for several generations. My great grandparents lived in Ashland, but my grandparents have lived in Lincoln for most of their lives. My mother works for Bryan LGH as does my sister.
What is your favorite thing to do on a day off? – Read books and search out new and interesting information. I accrue knowledge like crazy; as the saying goes, ‘the pen is mightier than the sword.’
What are you the most proud of? – The success of my first business. It was a lot of hard work but well worth it in the end, because now I get to do exactly what I’ve always wanted to do–help other business owners.
If you could choose only one descriptive word to be remembered as, what would it be? – Professional.
Which talent would you most like to have? – To be a mathematical genius. It would make my job a lot easier if I was a human calculator.
What local non-profit organization(s) are you passionate about or involved with, and are there any special reasons why? – Anything local; I prefer to support the place where I live and work.
If you could have dinner with one famous person from the past or present, who would it be? – It’s a tie between Oda Nobunaga and Albert Einstein.
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