Growth Strategies International LLC

Dr. James Wasson - Research and Product Development in Charleston, South Carolina
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This webinar will present a proven methodology, based on models developed at Harvard Business School and the Wharton School of Business. Dr. Jim Wasson successfully employed it in a FTSE 100 company to manage a diverse $70 million R&D budget involving a portfolio of 16 product lines produced and ...

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I just returned from a week out of town helping a client company realize their dream by leading a proposal effort for a $400M US Army contract. That’s what I do. They are only one of many small businesses that I have helped scale, including several I founded and later became acquired. Do you have...

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Equity Crowdfunding may be the lighthouse you were looking for to guide your new product launch into the market place. The Securities and Exchange Commission today proposed a set of amendments to the exemptive framework under the Securities Act of 1933 that would simplify, harmonize, and improve ...

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For the 8th year in a row, Growth Strategies International has been rated in the top Aerospace & Defense companies in the Charleston Regional Business Journal 2/28/20 edition. We started in A&D but have expanded such that our Technology Commercialization Business Consulting Services expands all i...

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For the 8th year in a row, Growth Strategies International has been rated in the top Aerospace & Defense companies in the Charleston Regional Business Journal 2/28/20 edition. We started in A&D but have expanded such that our Technology Commercialization Business Consulting Business expands all i...

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Learn the secrets of developing a Minimum Viable Product (MVP), validating the market, developing a viable business model, protecting your intellectual property, and obtaining seed capital to finance and launch your new business. Just click on the link below to watch the first two lessons for free.

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Entrepreneurship Day

Jan 29, 2020 – Jan 29, 2020

Southeastern Institute of Manufacturing and Technology Florence-Darlington Technical College's Gould Business Incubator and Francis Marion University's Kelley Center for Economic Development have announced a day to educate entrepreneurs about valuable resources that are available to help initiate...

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8 months ago
Thank you for your guidance and support with our DOE SBIR grant application preparation. With your help, we prepared a strong application and are optimistic about our funding prospects.
- Terry R
a year ago
Dr. Jim Wasson is knowledgeable, and his feedback is detailed and very helpful. He is eager to help and thorough to the end. I will be back if I need similar assistance from him. I appreciate his help and strongly recommend him.
- Bong M
a year ago
We had an excellent experience working with Dr. Wasson! We truly appreciate his guidance and detailed feedback!
- C S

Services & Qualifications

Services Offered:
Strategic Business Plans
Investor Pitch Decks
Government Grants & Contracts (SBA certified)
Applied Research & Product Development
Project/Program Management (PMI certified)
Marketing & Business Development
Manufacturing/Operations Management

Company Purpose:

Technology Commercialization business and management consulting services to the U.S. Government, Universities, and private industry specializing in strategic planning, business development, project management and business operations regarding the design, development, manufacture and market introduction of new products to achieve profitable and sustainable growth. 

Providing Technical And Business Assistance (TABA) for grant/proposal development, technology transfer, intellectual property, market research, technology commercialization strategy, government cost accounting, and project management.  


The Larta Institute – Principal Advisor to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF) and Department of Energy (DOE)  Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Commercialization Assistance Programs (CAP) helping small businesses develop winning grant applications, viable commercialization plans, and solid Intellectual Property (IP) strategies; and form relevant and beneficial strategic partnerships. 

BBC Entrepreneurial Training and Consulting - Consultant providing NIH and DOE SBIR/STTR Commercialization Plan Reviews. Developed and produced several NSF SBIR/STTR Online Training Courses. 

ATSI - Assisting contractors enrolled in the U.S. Navy SBIR Transition Program (STP) on how to obtain commercial financing, including business loans, crowdfunding, and venture capital.

Vital Strategies – Facilitating SBIR/STTR grant writing workshops at various Universities and Entrepreneur Centers.  

Montana State University TechLink Center - Market Researcher for the 2018 Department of Defense SBIR/STTR National Economic Impact Study.

University of South Carolina – Technology Commercialization Consultant at the SC Small Business Development Center (SBDC) helping small businesses develop new products and services, take them to market, and obtain financing (e.g., grants/contracts, investor equity, and bank loans).

YoH Aerospace & Defense - Project Management support for the Boeing 787 composite fabrication manufacturing engineering department at Boeing SC. 

BRTRC – Consultant to the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy SBIR/STTR Commercialization Readiness Program (CRP) assisting small business to form strategic partnerships with Prime contractors and execute technology transition plans.

Bennett Aerospace Inc. – Fractional VP of Strategy and Business Development providing leadership, coaching and direction to help the company achieve a NC state award for capturing the most SBIR/STTR awards in a single year.


Business Leader  Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at BAE Systems Inc. - planned and directed new product development for 16 product lines overseeing 600 engineers at 7 US and UK locations. Created and led the BAE Systems Innovation Venture. 20 years of experience as Director/Manager of Engineering Technology, Program Management and Business Development at GE Aviation (Smiths Aerospace) and Boeing (McDonnell Douglas). 

Serial Entrepreneur  Co-founder of ProLink, Inc that developed and produced the first patented GPS Golf Course Management System.  ProLink was acquired by GPS Industries LLC.  Co-founder of Avionics Engineering Services, Inc. that designs and installs custom avionic systems in military and corporate jet aircraft.  AES was acquired by Aerovation.

Academic Leader  Chair of the University of Phoenix Graduate Business and Management College for the West Michigan Campuses and Adjunct Professor for 15 years. Helped develop the MBA in Technology Management curriculum. Published four textbooks. 

Credentials  PhD. and MBA in International Business Management. BS Engineering Technology. SBA certified SBIR/STTR Consultant. PMI certified Project Management Professional (PMP). Government Contracts Management Certificate. DoD TOP SECRET Clearance.

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Growth Strategies International, LLC
Call Us:  (607) 727-4727

Monday - Friday: 9am - 5pm
Saturday: By appointment
Sunday: Closed


“I am confident that without the guidance and support provided by Jim Wasson, I would not have been awarded the contract funding I needed to launch my business.” 
- Barry Hand Co-Founder, CEO at Extremiti3D February 8, 2019, Barry was a client of James’       

“Dr. Wasson is an excellent business and grant writing consultant. I worked with Dr. Wasson to assist with writing a Phase I SBIR grant in 2017 while he worked at SBDC in North Charleston, SC. The grant was funded and he has been a tremendous resource.” 
- Cephus E Simmons, Sr., MRS, RRA Medical Professional | Entrepreneur | Inventor | Preacher | Researcher | US Navy Veteran February 6, 2019, Cephus E was a client of James’     

“Dr. Wasson is an excellent resource for a winning SBIR proposal.” 
- Anne Marie Wiesman EDWOSB Co-Founder & CEO at WorkWies Technologies February 5, 2019, Anne Marie was a client of James’ 

"Jim, I am happy to report that we received our Notice of Award today for the NIMH SBIR grant...I want to sincerely thank you for your continued confidence and support of Zeriscope. It is truly appreciated."
Bill Harley, Chief Executive Officer, Zeriscope, Inc., September 13, 2019, Bill was a client of James'

"Day 85 - Keep Coming Back", 2018-10-16 by Matt Hampton
I'm around a lot of entrepreneurs.  There is something about people who strive and build, who create something from nothing and understand the joy and struggle that goes along with it.  We all have dreams, those goals we want to attain that come in many forms.  Some of us love to design, others to build, some love the thrill of watching an organization grow.  We all have different things that we pursue for varying reasons, but there is one universal need we all have.  All entrepreneurs need guidance and support, we need wisdom from people who have walked that path before.  As I walk my own path, with all of these connections and knowledge, today I got some time with Jim Wasson and he knows how to build. Jim's story is incredible and there are some interesting overlaps between the two of us and our paths.  He is a builder, a true builder, of machines, processes and businesses.  He loves it.  Jim is the kind of guy who works with his hands and his mind, they are joined in this incredible dance.  As a young man he started with Ham radios at the age of 12, built and raced drag cars and found his way to the Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics.  There he studied aviation and the maintenance of aircraft systems.  We share this background, I served as a crew chief on heavy cargo aircraft in the Air Force.  I love maintainers, we are just a different breed, people who know the truly losing battle of trying to make a machine under so much stress perfect, but also people who know what it is to truly have made something fly.  We are the lesser known names, the hands and eyes, blood and sweat that make those marvelous machines glide across the sky.   Hearing Jim talk about his time working in the Virgin Islands on the Grumman Goose, a seaplane for the uninitiated, first on the structure itself and then on the avionics components is listening to someone whose adventures combined with something that made them happy.  Builders want to build, to work with their hands, to see things come to life.  Jim wanted more, and soon found himself in California at Northrup University with the same job because of a wonderful convergence where his employer in the Virgin Islands owned a company in California as well.  He studied Engineering Technology and then went on an amazing journey in aviation working at Northrup on the F-18, then McDonnell Douglass on the Apache and on down the road of a brilliant career, culminating in his role as CTO of BAE systems.  During his career, Jim wrote textbooks as well, and with the knowledge he has it is no surprise, he acquired an MBA and PhD during this time as well.  Currently, he is a consultant at the SBA Small Business Development Center, helping people build and develop their businesses.  Jim is a builder, a true builder. All of that would be impressive by itself, and it certainly tests the limits of my word count for this particular blog, but it is that, while working and studying, Jim founded two companies, and his third upon leaving BAE, that makes him even more amazing.  His first company dealt with avionics installation, forming a strategic partnership with Leerjet to help upgrade avionics components in business aircraft.  He was in school at the time.  That company is still in business.  He is proud of that, his eyes gleam and his smile gets a bit wider, he is a builder, he builds things to last.   His second company involved the application of GPS technology for golf courses, using the network, which was new at the time, to help scout the geography of holes and provide that information via a golf cart screen.  The ProLink GPS system, their product, is actually deployed at the Patriots Point glof course in Charleston as well as over 1500 other golf courses in the U.S., Australia, Canada and Japan.  The story of this product is, like the story of so many products, not linear.  It involved moving forward, learning of a difficulty, reapproaching and then moving back.  From the product itself, to pricing, to raising capital for the company, the journey was not simple, it involved a great deal of learning.  Jim loves to learn, he's an engineer, he's a builder, this work is in his DNA.  This company was sold as the market evolved and the founders came out very well.  They stuck in there, they fought, they listened and they learned.   Maybe that is the greatest lesson that can be taken from Jim, that we need to be open and learn.  Giving up is not the answer, nor is limitless, blind, false optimism.  Sometimes things are going wrong, sometimes things are difficult.  it is important for you to ask why these things are happening, to explore for the cause and find a way to fix it.  Process is important, Jim will tell you this often, but it is also important to understand your constraints.  Only through understanding those can you begin to figure out what you need to do to improve. Jim is a builder, a true builder, and I am very happy with the time I spent with him today.  I wish I had more space to do his story justice, but those are the constraints of this story.  Walking to my car from our meeting I feel like I have learned a lot and had the fact that I must be prepared to adapt reinforced.  It is good to hear things from people who have traveled the road you are on earlier, to learn from those who have walked it and try your best to apply that knowledge.  


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