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Since 1981, has been a self-employed, independent economics consultant, serving clients by applying economics for organizations (private and public) needing custom consulting in:


Competitive Intelligence

Economic Analysis & Forecasting

Economic Development & Planning

Industry Analysis

Information Gathering & Analysis

Market Research


Business Information Firms researching and writing multi-client studies such as are described in the OFF-THE-SHELF section of this web site's Industry Analysis link.


James Stotter, Economics consultant, also subcontracts performing niche consulting as part of team projects.


1979-1981: Manager, Business Development; Greater Cleveland Growth Association. Responsibilities included providing business assistance to small and minority firms, planning and implementing education and volunteer assistance programs to help those firms, various technical aspects of economic development programs, and numerous public relations and administrative functions necessary to operate a federally funded program. I also organized and was Executive Director of the Cleveland Regional Minority Purchasing Council, Inc. This 501(c)3 organization was comprised of a group of purchasing directors representing several major (mostly "Fortune-sized") corporations trying to increase their purchases from minority firms.


1978: Research Analyst; Predicasts, Inc.; Researched and wrote in-depth industry studies. These studies included industry structure analysis, market shares, forecasts for the industry's  product and  end-use markets, profiles of leading companies in the industry, a forecast for the industry's economic environment, and the outlook for the industry's regulatory and technological environments.    


1975-1977: Business Development Coordinator; City of East Cleveland. Managerial and technical responsibilities for the following aspects of the City's economic development program: market research, financial analysis, cost-benefit analysis, economic planning, technical assistance to businesses; established and implemented a commercial crime prevention program, assisted in the sale and rental of commercial property, and many public relations and administrative duties necessary to support these parts of a Federally funded (community development) program.


Adjunct Faculty: 25 years at several local colleges & universities, teaching various courses in Economics, Finance, Management, Marketing, & Statistics.





M.A.; Economics; Case Western Reserve University

B.S.; Business Administration; major Economics; Miami University


Professional Memberships and Activities:


2010; Enumerator; U.S. Bureau of the Census

I worked on Operation NRFU (NonResponse Follow Up) going door-to-door interviewing and getting the required information from persons who had not returned their questionnaires either at all or by the deadline. This was a temporary (6 week), part-time (30-35 hours a week) position.


2007-8 tax seasons; respectively tax preparer & branch manager;  H&R Block; trained & certified by H&R Block


National Association for Business Economics (NABE):

President (1999-2001) and Board Member (1997-2010)*,     Cleveland chapter (CABE). I led the reorganization of the Cleveland chapter from a "club" to become the first NABE chapter designated as a 501(c)3 entity.


Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE):

(Board of Directors, 1999-2004) and Member Government Advocacy Committee (1983-2010)*. My volunteer work included issues such as regulation, paperwork, taxes, and government & business relations. I chaired subcommittees on taxation and on regulation & paperwork. I also lobbied all three levels of government on behalf of small business.

NOTE: COSE is the largest locally-based small business organization in the U.S. with over 16,000 members.


Buckeye Institute for Public Policy

Guest Scholar and Academic Adviser


World Future Society

Professional Member


National Association of Scholars


Association of Professional Futurists

Founding Member


Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals (SCIP)


American Marketing Association

Marketing Research SIG



► Leadership Geauga, class of 2006


Geauga Park District Foundation;

Trustee and member Finance Committee, 2007-2010*


► 2005-2010: Geuaga County Community Improvement Corporation


2005-2010*: pro bono adviser, Berkshire Community Planning Association (BCPA)

NOTE: The Berkshire school district serves four municipalities. BCPA is trying to increase the district's tax base though economic development.


► 1983-1993: Member Citizens’ Advisory Committee, City Planning Commission, City of Shaker Heights


► Honorably discharged: U.S. Army

 medics & administrative duties


* In September, 2010, I resigned from these organization when I moved to Grove City (Columbus) Ohio.



Ezine expert author status:

As Featured On EzineArticles


Frequent columns on the Northeast Ohio economy and related issues for Examiner.com, an online "newspaper." This link should provide a list of links to my articles

Cleveland Economy Examiner


For clients who publish the above-noted off-the-shelf industry studies, numerous 150-200 page studies on several industries, including: disposable medical supplies, handling of infectious waste, residential water treatment, cheese, security systems & devices, lighting, and building management systems & devices.


"Applying Economics to Competitive Intelligence," Competitive Intelligence Review (a peer review journal) Winter, 1996; based on a four hour workshop I presented at a national SCIP meeting six months earlier.


"Market Research"--Chapter in Building Your Business: A Handbook for Small Business, co-authored by several members of COSE.


"The Economics of Urban Economic Development", used as text book supplement.


Writer for Examiner.com on the economy, business, and finance in Northeast Ohio


Occasional op-eds, letters-to-editor, and blogs: Wall Street Journal, Crain’s Cleveland Business, Buckeye Institute for Public Policy, Euclid Observer, and Cleveland Plain Dealer.