Meet Maryann

Your copilot to business success.

“Vision without action is merely a dream.  Action without vision just passes time.  Vision with action can change the world.”

– Joel A. Barker

Who is Maryann?

Hello!  I am Maryann Cruz, Business Strategist & Coach for creative and passionate entrepreneurs.  I’m a woman motivated in helping others achieve success.  Since 1998 I have educated entrepreneurs with respect to the tools and resources available to propel their businesses forward.

In my journey the past several years, I’ve truly embraced my entrepreneurial spirit!

Knowing I would realize my dream of being an entrepreneur; I embraced the many opportunities that came my way.

With my experience as a Business Counselor and 20+ years in business operations with roles such as Strategic Project Lead, Accounting & Human Resources Manager and B2B IT Specialist, only to name a few; I quickly realized the unique and vast experience I have is the expertise that so many creatives seek.

What makes me unique?

After spending 20+ years in all facets of business operations,  I know what is truly required to succeed in business beyond entrepreneurial passion.

I’ve worked with Fortune 500 companies in my career and have brought the best processes and operations management expertise I gained throughout the years to being a Coach and Co-Founder of C3 Collaborative (Creative Collaborative Community).

Spearheading performance management initiatives, managing corrective action plans, responsible for governance of suppliers, controlling six-figure budgets, writing RFP’s, reviewing business plans, marketing plans, and financial analysis are just some of the internal measures I successfully handled for employers and clients.

On the more visible side of operations, I worked on a variety of advertising and promotional campaigns as well as managed social media platforms.

“There’s no shortage of remarkable ideas, what’s missing is the will to execute them.”

– Seth Godin

More than a Business Strategist

Recognizing the importance of building a solid business foundation and developing strategies that are executable to achieve one’s vision and guiding entrepreneurs through this essential process is where I thrive.

When not working with clients, I am often found collaborating with other entrepreneurs and local leaders.  Additionally I have served as an Advisory Board Member of the Women in Business Summit for the past 10 years, assisting with marketing strategies, scouting for speakers, outreach and more!

I’ve also led the Greater Hartford B.I.G. (Believe, Inspire, Grow) pod.

As a believer that the universe brings people together to inspire one another, strengthen the creative spirit, and positively impact the world.  If you are reading this, then it may be for a great reason.  Connect with me!