Thanks for the great article BizLaunch! I've been a certified mediator since 2010 and have really enjoyed mediating lots of different court referred cases over the past five years. Now I am busy mediating cases through my own practice as well:
Earlier this year, attorney Ellice Halpern decided to make a change. Her friends and associates were asking her to help them with complex divorce issues or for her advice in working out problems with contractors. She was referring them to colleague attorneys and mediators, but she soon realized her opportunity. "I realized I wanted to be the one to help people resolve disputes and move them forward to resolution and agreement," she says.
Halpern took the step and decided to start her own business. Little Falls Mediation LLC opened earlier this year, but Halpern said she knew she couldn't do it alone. She made the decision to open in Arlington because of its reputation for welcoming small businesses. She joined the Arlington Women Entrepreneurs as a support system and networking group. She continued her own mediator education. And she reached out to BizLaunch to make sure she was doing things correctly to start her own venture.
"(BizLaunch) has been a rock star in terms of helping me set priorities for my business to help it grow," she explains. She took part in BizLaunch's one-on-one mentoring services and participates in other seminars and workshops. She says that assistance, the different way of looking at her business, is what's helped her success.
Ellice Halpern, J.D., is a Virginia Supreme Court certified general and family mediator.