Dr. William R. Osgood, President/CFO
In four decades, Dr. William Osgood has helped hundreds of thousands of individuals on a global scale to start, grow and succeed in business through his work as a professor, author, counselor, business consultant and professional speaker. As an entrepreneur himself, Osgood co-founded and launched the Knowledge Institute, Inc., a social entrepreneurial endeavor that specializes in driving venture startup and growth by creating interactive business-to-business resource communities, educational curriculum and collaborative public/private business assistance programs.
His contributions to entrepreneurship have earned him praise from government, Fortune 500 companies and leading economic development agencies and he is frequently sought after as a keynote speaker, seminar leader and expert advisor on issues related to business management and financing. He is recognized by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) as an international expert in small business development and was named US SBA Small Business Advocate of the Year.
Throughout his career, he has assisted numerous for-profit and non-profit firms in areas of strategic planning, financial management, organizational development, marketing communications and process engineering. In the early 1980's he created a unique model for venture creation that led to the productive start-up of countless new entrepreneurial endeavors.
As past manager of urban affairs at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, he authored the Business Planning Guide, the New England Business Resource Directory, and developed BIC-NET, a program providing subsidized Business Planning and management support to growing small business ventures. This program later evolved into the SBA's national Business Information Center (BIC) network. As past Director of New Hampshire's Small Business Assistance Center, he took the lead in establishing one of the first Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) in the country and facilitated the launch of New Hampshire's High Tech Council.
Shifting from creating to applying public business assistance programs, Osgood acquired and successfully managed the turnaround and ultimate sale of a manufacturing concern, which he grew to industry preeminence on an international scale over a ten-year period. He then engineered the conception, launch and ultimate sale of an Internet-based environmental technology firm, and went on to collaborate with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) in the research and development of a work assessment profiling system that advanced the quality and competitiveness of America's workforce.
Throughout his career, Osgood has continued to author myriad business books, training materials and management systems including the Strategic Knowledge Management Systemô and the Workforce Knowledgement System. His books have been published in several languages and distributed internationally on topics dealing with managing and financing a business. He is the only author whose work has been adopted and distributed nationally by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) as a complete small business management learning series. Titled the Strategic Management Learning System, this learning series is in its fifth edition and continues to be used widely in the U.S. and internationally by both entrepreneurs and business management trainers.
He has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in entrepreneurship at Northeastern University, University of New Hampshire, Southern New Hampshire University, Boston University, and the College for Lifelong Learning through the University System of New Hampshire, as well as lectured at Babson College, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University, and New Hampshire Technical College.
Dr. Bill holds a Doctorate in Organizational Behavior from Boston University, an MBA from Northeastern University and is a United States veteran.