About Ward and Smith Business Consulting

Why we're here

Ward and Smith Business Consulting, LLC was borne out of a desire to provide value-added business services to closely-held business owners in North Carolina. Our parent firm, the law firm of Ward and Smith, P.A. has served as a trusted legal advisor to clients for nearly 50 years. As a wholly-owned subsidiary of the law firm, we don't provide any legal services; that's what the law firm does. We work with clients to help implement some of the strategies and action items attorneys routinely recommend, but clients often don’t get done due to:

  • Lack of Staff: For example, our consultants can conduct harassment and anti-discrimination training for your employees.
  • Organizational Change or Conflict: Our consultants work with you, for example, when it is time for the owner to transition the business to the next generation.
  • Lack of Experience: Some things just don't happen that frequently, so in-house resources are generally few. For example, we have specialized experience helping public and private partners create and execute better public-private partnerships.
  • Tasks Fall Outside of Normal Operations: We can write and send a press release announcing new ownership of a business, or act as a scalable screening service for a particular set of new hires.

Our consultants are here to help you with timely, practical, and hands-on experience.

Grow Great

We are inspired by the first stanza of North Carolina's State Toast:

  • Here's to the land of the long leaf pine,
  • The summer land where the sun doth shine,
  • Where the weak grow strong and the strong grow great,
  • Here's to "Down Home," the Old North State!

Our consultants help all of our clients grow great.

OUR TEAM

Meghan Switzer

Jeff Bandini

Director of Public-Private Partnerships and Real Estate

jbandini@wsbizconsulting.com
Hank Harris

Hank Harris

Director of Consulting

hharris@wsbizconsulting.com
Laura Hudson

Laura Hudson

Director of Communication

lvhudson@wsbizconsulting.com
Will Oden

Will Oden

President

woden@wsbizconsulting.com

Our Services

Human Resources

We can assist with everything from templates and forms to training to providing a fractional HR Director. 

Strategic Planning

We help companies with internal assessments, external market research, facilitating planning committees and retreats, and implementation.

Succession Planning

We help companies with internal assessments, market research, facilitating planning committees and retreats, and implementation.

Public-Private Partnerships

We help public and private partners create and execute better public-private partnerships.

Organizational Development

We work with businesses to examine the underlying structures and systems, and make recommendations to maximize desired operational outcomes.

Crisis Communications

We help companies facing a social media crisis, a public client issue, or a personnel concern design a comprehensive communications strategy.

CONTACT US

Location Address:

Ward and Smith Business Consulting, LLC 127 Racine Drive Wilmington, NC 28403

Other Locations:

Asheville, Greenville, Raleigh, New Bern

Mailing address:

Post Office Box 7068 Wilmington, NC 28406-7068

Call us:

Phone No: 252.672.4853

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