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Don Baker
Mon, 04/21/2014

The Dayton Business Journal has named the Innovation Index Award winners for 2014's inaugural program designed to honor the organizations in the region that are driving new ways of doing things. Aileron was honored in the Service to Society category.

Dan Orlando
Thu, 04/17/2014
Clay Mathile has little to prove in the world of business. The Ohio native transformed Iams from a regional pet food company into a global giant, selling it to Procter & Gamble for a cool $2.3 billion in 1999. But the self-made billionaire wasn’t satisfied with just enjoying his own success. Instead, he’s busy passing on some of his wisdom to the next generation of business leaders.
“In my life, my first objective was to own my own business,” said Mathile. “I was a farm kid from northern Ohio and I didn’t have any money and I wasn’t sure how I was going to get it. I was fortunate enough to meet the right people and come to Iams and build it into a success.” Now he’s helping to create the circumstances for entrepreneurs to find a similar opportunity.
Josh Pichler
Thu, 04/10/2014
When Clay Mathile sold Iams to Procter & Gamble 15 years ago, he was convinced the consumer products giant would treat his employees well and take the business to another level. On Wednesday, after learning that P&G is selling Iams to Mars as part of a $2.9 billion deal, Mathile said the company delivered.
Olivia Barrow
Thu, 03/06/2014
Colleges don’t teach the most important skill of running a small business — how to interview and hire good employees. You have to learn from other successful entrepreneurs.
That’s the biggest takeaway from Aileron’s latest small business training event: You’re the Boss, a Q&A session with New York Times contributor Jay Goltz and New York Times small business editor Loren Feldman. Goltz started Artists’ Frame Service after graduating college, and has grown it into a $16 million company with more than 100 employees, but not without going through the start up phase, and the throw up phase, he told the room of about 50 small business owners.
Cameron Fullam
Wed, 02/26/2014

A digital marketing course at the University of Dayton is linking digital natives with local businesses, helping bring in new customers while creating job opportunities. The course pairs teams of junior and senior business majors with small-business clients to develop digital marketing strategies — using social media, search engine optimization (SEO), websites, analytics and mobile. The program — known as UDevelop Digital Marketing Strategy — is managed by Aileron, a local nonprofit offering private-business consulting, and is free to local businesses.

Tue, 02/18/2014

Clay Mathile talks about his biggest management mistakes of his career during a session at Aileron, where he was talking about his recent book and the business advice he has learned through the years as owner of Iams Co. before selling the pet food maker to Procter & Gamble for $2.3 billion in 1999. Video courtesy of Aileron.

Thu, 02/13/2014

Clay Mathile talks about management lessons learned during a session at Aileron, where he was talking about his recent book and the business advice he has learned through the years as owner of Iams Co. before selling the pet food maker to Procter & Gamble for $2.3 billion in 1999. Video courtesy of Aileron.

Clay Mathile
Thu, 02/06/2014
Small business owners like a good story just like anyone else. Swashbuckling tales of businesses born out of passions for micro-brewing or making cheese and manufacturing tools for building bicycles stir our imaginations. Adventurous risk-takers starting out at the kitchen table or in cheap warehouse spaces putting in long hours and sweat equity, sacrificing, and persevering to put a new company on the map are often spoken of as heroes. But starting up and getting on the map is one thing. Growing your business is another.
Brett Nelson
Wed, 01/29/2014
“You can’t manage what you can’t measure” is a tired mantra, so let’s advance the discussion: What the heck are you measuring—and why?
 
Talk to enough business owners, investors and advisors and you learn that tracking the basics (revenue, expenses, cash flow) only gets you so far. Running successful companies—especially young ones with fast-changing fortunes—requires far more calibration and nuance.
 
Joni Fedders, president of Aileron, a non-profit small-business boot camp founded by pet-food billionaire Clay Mathile, sums it up well:
Bill Cunningham
Sat, 01/25/2014
On my journey to scale OneMorePallet, I invested two days in Aileron’s Course for Presidents at its campus in Tipp City, Ohio, just north of Dayton. Aileron is Clay Mathile’s organization and campus that fulfill his dream of helping grow entrepreneurs and giving back to the community.
 
Here are the lessons from the course that help entrepreneurs focus on the right stuff.
You're The Boss - A Conversation With The New York Times

The New York Times Small Business Editor, Loren Feldman and small business owner and Times contributor, Jay Goltz discuss small business issues and some practical solutions at the You’re The Boss event held at Aileron March 6, 2014.

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America's Most Promising Companies

Aileron continues to partner with Forbes to bring attention to America’s Most Promising Companies. We believe we work with some of the most promising companies in the United States.  Every day you work to improve the way your business runs to ensure it positively impacts your customers, your...

Run Your Business, Don't Let it Run You

No More 16-Hour Days! Running your own business is the American dream, but the reality can be daunting. In Run Your Business, Don’t Let it Run You, Aileron founder Clay Mathile shares proven management fundamentals so you can oversee your business without becoming entangled in the day-...

Joni Fedders, President

The Good, Bad and Ugly of the State of Manufacturing.

Tune in to hear the live broadcast of Expert Access Radio, tune into 55KRC on Sunday, August 11th at 4PM, Eastern Time, or visit...

Clay Mathile, Aileron founder, and Adrienne Burke of Yahoo! Small Business Advisor discuss the release of Clay's book "Run Your Business, Don't Let It Run You" released July 2013.

As a Business Advisor, Mark will be responsible for assisting Presidents and owners who are committed to establishing stronger professional management processes within their organizations. Mark will guide clients through the strategic planning process, their organizational development, as well...

May 16th, Millennium Hotel: During his keynote speech, Clay shared his life story, lessons learned and his strong belief in professional management. He challenged the small businesses in the room to "unleash the power of the smallest unit". In closing, he said, "I have tremendous respect and...

The vision and mission for Aileron is to raise the quality of life in America by unleashing the potential of private businesses through professional management. Thank you so much for your generosity and commitment to Aileron, private businesses and the shared commitment to raise the quality of...

 

Aileron, an operating foundation focused on raising the quality of life through the development of private business, founded and chaired by Ohio businessman and entrepreneur Clay Mathile, today announced two new promotions within their executive team. Deb Carter has been named the new Director...