Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in consultancy but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Matthew Burr, Founder of Burr Consulting, LLC., located in Spencer, NY, USA.

What's your business, and who are your customers?

I drove across the country and realized there was an opportunity to start an HR consulting company. There was a gap, and I filled it with the business.

In today's world of ever-changing and evolving labor and employment law, payroll processes, employee relations issues, and the complexities of a work-life balance we all face, understanding in addressing these issues can create multiple challenges and legal liability.

Burr Consulting, LLC offers you affordable Human Resources Consulting for both profit and not-for-profit organizations that will provide you, your managers, your supervisors, and your employees the knowledge, skills, abilities, and tools to strategically align HR as a partner for the success of your business.

Tell us about yourself

I have over 15 years of experience working in the human resources field, starting my career as an Industrial Relations Intern at Kennedy Valve Manufacturing to most recently founding and managing a human resource consulting company. Burr Consulting, LLC, Talentscape, LLC, and Co-Owner of Labor Love, a Labor and Employment Law poster printing company. Prior to founding the consulting firm, the majority of my career was spent in manufacturing and healthcare. I specialize in labor and employment law, conflict resolution, performance management, labor, and employment relations.

I have a generalist background in HR and provide strategic HR services to my clients, focusing on small and medium-sized organizations. In July 2017, I started as an Associate Professor of Business Administration at Elmira College and was promoted into the Continuing Education & Business Administration Department Liaison role in July 2018. I teach both undergraduate and graduate-level business courses at Elmira College and successfully designed an HR Concentration in the business management major that is aligned with both SHRM and HRCI certifications. I am also the SHRM Certification Exam Instructor, with a current pass rate of 89% on the SHRM-SCP and a 100% pass rate on the SHRM-CP.

I work as a trainer at Tompkins Cortland Community College, Corning Community College, Broome Community College, Penn State University, and HR Instructor for Certification Preparation for the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI). I also act as an On-Call Mediator and Factfinder through the Public Employment Relations Board in New York State, working with public sector employers and labor unions.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

Seeing the successes and wins of my clients.

What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?

24/7, you don't turn it off. You have to outwork your competition and do better on each project and with each issue.

What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?

  1. Find a gap and fill it.
  2. Use your passion to guide you.
  3. Outwork the crowd.

Is there anything else you'd like to share?

Growth and evolution are pain and suffering. The harder it is, the better it is. Embrace hardship.

Where can people find you and your business?


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