You have a Lawyer, Accountant, and Financial Planner – and now you have a Technology Advisor. Cole Technology Management is the leading independent organization of providing fee-only Technology Advisory and Planning services – specializing in helping start-ups and small businesses with less than 50 employees. We don’t sell hardware or software, and we do not partner with vendors and manufacturers. We stand out from the rest of the technology industry because of the way we put our clients first:
CTM is also business and technology focused - meaning, we offer comprehensive technology advisory and planning services with our client’s business goals in mind. We believe technology should not be seen as an expense, but a revenue generating tool. We go far beyond the norm in our industry.
Hi. I’m Erica Cole. I started Cole Technology Management, LLC because I believe that every small business should have access to a technology coach. The information technology industry looks nothing like it did for our parents – and even for me when I first started my career.
Now, with technology moving faster than the speed of light, it has become so much easier to start a business – with technology being a necessity for business operations. I completely understand that a baker opened his or her bakery to make cakes – not to choose operating systems and to provide IT Security to the storefront. This is where I can work with you to relieve stress about the technology needed in your business - by helping you clarify your business goals, identify and eliminate obstacles to those goals, and create an action plan to achieve them – with the assistance of technology. IT doesn’t have to be a major drain (and pain) in your pocket and brain.
I provide comprehensive technology advising and planning through fee-only services. I don’t sell hardware, software, or have partnerships with IT vendors (only but the ones I use for myself), I am free of the conflicts of interest that can arise from those arrangements. I have only one person to answer to for the work I do – you!
Together, we will develop a plan to put you in charge of the technology needed to gain more clients, increase revenue, and to make doing business easy and productive. You don’t have to feel afraid about IT when you are in control of it!
I’ve been fortunate to accumulate over 20 years of experience working with small business clients. CTM’s philosophy has been shaped through experiences in Business Management, Technology Administration, Marketing, Sales, Finance, IT Security, Web Development, Business-to-Business sales, and Human Resource Management and Training.
I was just crazy enough to pursue creating my company, obtaining 12 IT Industry Certificationsand my MBA because I was so focused on achieving my goals. So, I understand the passion you have behind achieving yours! And I have the skill to help you balance your current goals with your long term needs. With my expertise, I can help you with your business strategy, managing vendors, projects, security, IT operations, and online marketing strategies (yes – including social media). This is all with your business goals and budget in mind.
On a personal note, I live in the Northeastern Pennsylvania area, but I’m originally from New York City and get back there whenever I can to see family and friends. I’m a wife and mom of 3 children ranging from 18 to 7 - who all lead active lives.
When I’m not advising my financial clients, serving on the Board of my local Business Association, spending time with my family, or keeping up with my continuing education, I like to motivate other women in their entrepreneurial endeavors, and get outdoors for a hike or nature excursion whenever I can.
If you’d like to talk to me about Technology Advising and Planning for your start-up or small business, please set up a FREE consultation with me so you can get started on using technology to assist you in achieving your business goals.
I'm a Fee-Only Technology Planner and Advisor who provides affordable technology planning and advice to small businesses and start-ups just like me. I work with clients with less than 50 employees across the country in a fun and accessible way. Plus, I'm not your typical "Tech" - I speak business management and I.T. fluently...so you don't have to!