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Susan L. Reid, DMA

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Intuitive Small Business Start-up Expert

Award-winning author of Discovering Your Inner Samurai: The Entrepreneurial Woman's Journey to Business Success.

Business coach and consultant for entrepreneurial women, Susan specializes in working with women starting up home-based business for the very first time who are feeling both excited and overwhelmed at the prospect and haven�t a clue where to begin.

Following a successful 25-year conducting and academic career, Susan left the academic world to honor her entrepreneurial spirit, and founded Alkamae in 2004. Since then, Alkamae has helped hundreds of women turn their passion into profit and business dreams into reality.

If you are ready to take the first steps toward owning your own business, Susan can help you decide what business would be best for you, help you identify your target niche, and get your business ready to launch in half the time it takes other small business start-up experts.


Dr. Susan L. Reid holds a Bachelor of Sacred Music degree from Westminster Choir College, a Master of Science degree in counseling and student personnel from Oklahoma State University, a Master of Music degree in comparative interpretation, instrumental conducting from the University of Surrey, England, and received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in choral conducting from Arizona State University.

Prior to ASU, Dr. Reid studied in England on a Rotary International Foundation Fellowship, and spent nine years in professional church ministry working in the areas of music, education, and youth. Dr. Reid has served on the faculty of James Madison University, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, and Arizona State University.

Inspiration Behind Alkamae

When I left the world of academia in 2004, I found myself deeply resonating with the heroic journey archetype of the Samurai.

The word Samurai means service and the name was conferred on highly skilled martial artists who used Zen as their operating philosophy, making their inner journey the foundation of their outer expression. To reach this level, Samurai were disciplined, focused, and intentful in utilizing the outer support of others and the wisdom of their inner self, what I call the Inner Samurai, to guide them along their journey.

This was the inspirational seed that flowered into the creation of my business. Specializing in branding, niche clarity, and attraction marketing, I take great pleasure in helping entrepreneurial woman turn their passion into profit, take control of their financial future, and launch successful small businesses.

At Alkamae, we understand that even Samurai need teddy bears.

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