I help people start and grow profitable businesses they love.

About Kim

Speaker, author, and coach
A captivating keynote speaker, author, business strategist and trainer, queen of start-ups and champion of encouragement, Kim has an unapologetic, no excuses attitude that inspires her audiences and clients to bring their best every day. Her approach for teaching business fundamentals for success on the stage is unlike any other you’ve experienced. She will have you laughing, smiling and learning all at the same time, even while teaching financials and break-even analysis.

For the past 30 years, she has delivered no-fluff, no-nonsense strategic planning and advising for organizations and small businesses. Her coaching and training services have resulted in 250+ small business starts. She started 6 businesses of her own including retail, service, and manufacturing ventures. All this gives her credibility, quite a few great stories, but more importantly a unique understanding of what it is really like to be a business owner. She just gets it! In her own words – “There is nothing else I would rather do than be my own boss – I have no regrets. The freedom to create, to make my own path forward is worth every all-nighter and tear.”

Her book, The DAMN Plan: To Find Love, Freedom, and Money In Your Business calls readers to answer the question, “Why haven’t you done what you said you would always do?” No matter if she is speaking or advising clients, Kim truly believes everyone is capable of taking authority over their lives if they are willing to take action on their DAMN Plan.

When she isn’t helping others achieve their dreams, she spends as much time as she can with her three kids and five granddaughters. The love of friends and family carries us through tough times. More than that, we have an obligation to them – they are watching to see if we are doing what we said we would to achieve our dreams.

Fun Facts About Kim

  • She grew up in small midwestern towns with seven brothers and sisters with a wild cat named Ibsen.
  • At age nine, she won her first speech contest against teenagers!
  • She has eight college credits in Star Trek and sword fighting! Degrees in English, Theatre, and Business.
  • Co-founder of the Minnesota Women’s Business Center – first-ever rural US SBA Women’s Business Center, she has helped start and grow four more business centers.


Pam Solberg-Tapper

“Kim helped our group by sharing her real life experiences and stories regarding her business journey. She was encouraging, inspiring and lighthearted in her approach to address the important aspects in growing a business. I would recommend working with Kim to people who need direction and strategy to move their business in the right direction.”

Pam Solberg-Tapper

Co Founder, Aim High Network
Rob Aitken

I was interested in having Kim speak because she works terrifically well with our Indian Reservation-based clients on difficult business start-up matters. Kim helped our group by making financial education fun, easy and successful for our clients. What makes Kim’s (The DAMN Plan) programs different from other programs is her accessibility to clients and ability to convey complex information.

Rob Aitken

Executive Director, Leech Lake Financial Services
Rita Albrecht

Kim is a resourceful leader who is always looking for ways to connect with her audience. She asks insightful questions that help her meeting participants and clients actively engage. The biggest take away I got from working with Kim is to believe in yourself. You can do more than you think you can.

Rita Albrecht

Candidate, Minnesota Senate District 5
Christy Dauer

Kim is a passionate thinker who talks business in a relatable fashion. She has helped clients navigate through the rollercoaster of entrepreneurship by sharing her story in an authentic fashion.

Christy Dauer

Program Manager, North Dakota Women’s Business Center
Deidre Hillman

I’ve had the opportunity to work with Kim and hired her to speak at several of our events. Each event was different. We’ve asked Kim to tailor her approach for our clients, vary her topics and bring new tools to benefit our attendees. The reviews from our clients who attended Kim’s sessions continue to bring stellar reviews and remarks about her material. It’s always unique and up to date with the latest trends in the industry. Kim brings her “A” game every-single-time!

Deidre Hillman

Program Director North Dakota Women’s Business Center



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