The woman behind the drive
Hi, I’m Gloria Sica, the woman behind the drive.
Early in my career I realized I was not a big company girl. Instead, I thrive on the challenge and rewards of entrepreneurship. Helping innovators and risk takers pursue their dreams, build business value, and reap the returns of success.
I grew up in Connecticut, number five of six children. College wasn’t a given, but a personal goal I was driven to achieve. Before moving to Oregon I completed my associate’s degree in accounting. Ventured west with a high school friend. Enrolled at Oregon State where I completed my bachelor’s degree in operations management and graduate classes in marketing, accounting, and finance.
Throughout my career I garnered more and more first-hand knowledge of what it takes to succeed as an entrepreneur. Starting as a bookkeeper and then progressing through vocational program consultant for chronically mentally ill, business manager for university press, accountant for field data collection software developer, sales manager for a bar-code system developer, general manager for CAD & process control firm, and business developer for an inkjet product development company. Creating value and gaining experience all along the way.
Consulting started in 1995, first as Fulcrum Associates then rebranded to Fulcrum Drive in 2005. I’ve advised companies in several industries including custom software, SaaS, electronic product design, commercial printing, commercial baking, food products, digital marketing, graphic design, health service, alternative energy, and more. I speak at SBA executive trainings, mentor students, and judge business plan presentations at University of Portland.