"Without a plan, even the most brilliant business can get lost. You need to have goals, create milestones, and have a strategy in place to set yourself up for success."
Beacon Business Advisors uses a strong business model with creative thinking, open and honest conversations, and self-observation.
Beacon Business Advisors and Coaching was established in 2021 by Alicia and Doug Hart with the goal of supporting the growth of small businesses.
With Alicia's extensive experience as a Professional Organizer and Coach, she specializes in managing administrative tasks, while Doug brings expertise in operations and finance. Together, they offer a comprehensive approach that can help small business owners streamline their operations and focus on their core business activities.
Meet Alicia & Doug Hart
Co-Founder & Owner
In business, solving issues is about planning, problem-solving, and implementing systems to improve a business, which is a constant work in progress, but it is beneficial.
For the past 15 years, I’ve run my businesses, Simply Organized by Hart, a Professional Organizing business, and Upscale Resale CT, an online consignment store. As a mother of four (now grown), a wife, and a small business entrepreneur, life taught me to multitask at home and in business. This helped me develop skills to problem solve and foresee strategies to help simplify and efficiently manage a home, my work and life balance.
I volunteered for over 20 years with youth and high school hockey and lacrosse teams, and various other volunteer groups. My hobbies are gardening, nature photography, history, and walks on the beach with our husky, Koda. I am a fan of the New York Rangers and a developing Jacksonville Jaguars fan.
I graduated from the University of Connecticut with a B.A. in Human Development and Family Sciences.
Co-Founder & Owner
During my career, I have experienced many up-and-down business economic cycles. In some cases, these were very disruptive and required the ability to change or pivot. In others, these cycles exposed opportunities for those entrepreneurs and businesses organized well enough to seize them. I have worked at many organizational levels with good mentors and learned the importance of listening, asking questions, and working collaboratively with a wide range of resources. It has made clear to me the importance of regular planning and good communication. This is often the difference between success and failure.
Over the past 35 years, I have worked in construction, food services, real estate, manufacturing, and private equity. My industry experience includes Automotive, Medical, Industrial, Aerospace, Textile, Transportation, Military, Steel, Testing Instruments, and Outdoor Recreational products, focusing on Operations, Planning, New Product Development, Administration, and Finance. I was co-owner and COO of an international manufacturer of engineered industrial consumable products; served as COO for a privately owned composite materials manufacturer; was co-owner of a successful business advisory firm focused on driving client sales, income, and overall growth. Most recently, I have been an Operating Partner with a successful strategic equity investment group focused on small to midsize businesses.
My personal interests include running, biking, fishing, and history. I follow the NFL, College Football, and NHL Hockey. I graduated from Hobart & William Smith Colleges.