The WOW Business Advisory and Drive My Biz to WOW were launched as a retirement project of Bill Matthews. Bill had served as an executive and officer for a "Fortune 500" company and President of a financial services organization before he helped establish Aileron (www.aileron.org), a not-for-profit organization in Dayton, Ohio. Aileron was made possible by the generosity of Clay Mathile, former Owner of The Iams Company, and has provided guidance to thousands of privately held businesses since 1996.
After retiring, Bill wrote the book, Five P's to a "WOW!" Business, which describes a simple, sequential, repeatable system for running a business. The Five P System is based on his experiences from working with hundreds of organizations during a consulting career that spanned three decades. Through a licensing arrangement, Bill's intellectual property is now being delivered extensively by the world's largest management and sales training company.
While some business owners are able to implement the Five P system by using only the book, Bill found that many need more guidance. At the same time that he was realizing more help was needed, he was in the process of writing a book about sharing your gifts with others, Your Next Checkered Flag: The Ultimate Joy Ride. (At the bottom of the Home Page, you can download a free copy of that book.)
The convergence of business owners needing more help, and how he could share his own experiences with others, led to the next question: "What if organizations could come to a single location and get online, on-demand training to self-implement the Five P system --- all for free?" It would be like having their own personal consultant --- accessible 24/7/365.
With that goal in mind, he spent two years developing content for an extensive online training program built around the Five P System of professional management. Then, in 2021, he hired a video production company and voice actor to produce dozens of videos and exercises that are now available for free at www.drivemybiztowow.com.
There was still one missing piece --- a network of experts who could deliver the Five P model in local markets, and also be ready to respond to those who use the online tools and need assistance at reasonable fee rates. To fill that gap, in 2022, he began recruiting highly experienced business experts who could join what is now the Network of Authorized WOW Business Advisors.
The ultimate goal of these efforts is to help organizations create jobs and strengthen communities by exposing them to the management "best practices" that are the backbone of the Five P System.
If communities are stronger, a better quality of life should follow.