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"Because your business should lead to Abundance."

About Us

ThistleSea Business Development logo
"Because your business should lead to Abundance."

ThistleSea Business Development is a business coaching, strategy development, training and business services company. We offer business owners and executives custom one-on-one, face-to-face and group business coaching in western Pennsylvania, eastern Ohio, northern West Virginia and phone coaching across the United States. Our coaching practice is supported by resources from a network of over 100 affiliated business coaches located across the United States and Canada.

We work together with successful business owners and executives in improving the value of their business, company, department and quality of life.

Testimonials For ThistleSea Business Development

  • It’s good to have an objective person to hold you accountable, to make you do things that maybe you would not do. To look at things from a different perspective. To put some structure around what you’re doing. For me, I don’t know how anybody thinks that they can do it on their own.

    Kim Kramer SVP and Financial Advisor, Legacy Wealth Solutions
  • Wendy was a tremendous resource while I was seeking employment. She provided invaluable perspective on employers’ priorities that was spot-on as I prepared for interviews. Equally important, she provided encouragement by helping me to identify my marketable skills. Wendy gets my unconditional recommendation as a coach.

    James Warmbrodt Attorney, KML Law Group PC
  • The transition of wearing all hats related to the business to wearing only a few hats can be quite daunting. This process would have been much more difficult without coaching. In hindsight, I should have begun coaching with you shortly after forming my business in 2006!

    Cathleen Erb President, My Dog, Inc.
  • Wendy was a wonderful mentor in preparing me to launch my new business. She helped me determine the steps to take and the processes to create to set up my business. She provided actionable feedback and was there for me during the ups and downs along the way. I highly recommend Wendy and ThistleSea.

    Diane Danforth Founder, Americat Company
  • The problem I came to ThistleSea with was mainly not having good systems in place. Once Wendy and John began to help me, life as the CEO of Daly Care Associates became easier. Thanks to their leadership, we now have structure and clarity. I feel comfortable leaving my business to go on vacation or take care of family members.

    Cecilia Astarb CEO, Daly Care Associates At-Home Care (now Sunny Days In-Home Care)


  • Everything DiSC Workplace®

    The Everything DiSC Workplace® Profile provides participants with valuable insights that will help them better understand themselves AND others, all while offering actionable ways to strengthen their relationships in the workplace. Using a research-validated learning model, the profile offers personalized insights for participants, helping them discover how to better connect and effectively work with each other. Everything DiSC Workplace® can be used with people at any level in an organization, ultimately improving the quality of the workplace.

    With the Everything DiSC Workplace® Profile, your employees will:
    • Discover their DiSC® style
    • Understand other styles
    • Build more effective relationships
    • Explore People-Reading and Comparison Reports (Optional)


    What can Everything DiSC® do for you?
  • Business Owner & Executive Coaching

    Business owners and executives qualify for coaching if they desire to make their business more successful, engage in an open and honest relationship with the business coach, are willing to put 4 to 6 hours of work each week working on their business, make all scheduled coaching meetings and put their action plan into play in their business.

  • Emerging Leaders Coaching: The Leaders of Tomorrow

    What’s your company’s plan for transitioning high-performing individual contributors into high-performing leaders?

    As a business grows, the need for additional depth and breadth in management and leadership becomes an acute problem. ThistleSea provides a custom fit program to help your next generation of leaders gain context and focus immediately.

    The agenda includes progress updates, design and execution of action plans, and discussion of top-selling business books. Coaching topics include: leadership and management, communication, strategy, sales and marketing, human resources and career development.


    Work of Leaders: Carhartt case study
    Work of Leaders: Ineffective Alignment
    Work of Leaders: Effective Alignment

Everything DiSC® Certification

Choose your learning format:

Everything DiSC Workplace® Certification


Everything DiSC Workplace Certification is your best resource to gain foundational knowledge and tools for facilitating Everything DiSC. Designed with your busy schedule in mind, this online course gives you the flexibility of self-paced learning, paired with live-collaborative sessions led by Wiley’s expert trainers.

Increase your confidence and competence in delivering Everything DiSC Workplace in your organization. This course offers rigorous new content on the principles of the DiSC® model and the supporting research. During the live sessions, you will practice facilitating small groups and explore challenging scenarios that could arise during workshops. You’ll also learn how to keep Everything DiSC alive within your organization by creating a culture of DiSC and explore MyEverythingDiSC, the mobile-friendly, interactive learning portal that is exclusive to Everything DiSC.

This program Includes:

  • Four modules of self-directed and live collaborative learning (each requiring three to five hours of time per week), conducted over a four week period
  • Active knowledge checks to help participants assess how well they understand the content and to improve learning and retention
  • Final Certification exam (self-directed/graded activity)

Start your journey toward building your confidence and competence in effectively delivering Everything DiSC Workplace!

Upcoming Classes

  • January 05 – February 02, 2018

    Live session each Friday from 10:00 – 11:30am CT
  • February 01 – March 01, 2018

    Live session each Thursday from 9:00 – 10:30am CT
  • March 09 – March 30, 2018

    Live session each Friday from 2:00 – 3:30pm CT
Take the next step!
Workplace Certification

Everything DiSC® Certification

In Person

The in-person, Everything DiSC Workplace® Certification begins with online, self-directed learning and culminates in two days of practical application facilitated by Wiley's expert trainers. With Everything DiSC Workplace® Certification, participants will:

  • Gain expertise in the Everything DiSC® model and supporting research
  • Discover how to apply the Everything DiSC Workplace reports to daily interactions
  • Customize the Everything DiSC Workplace program to meet specific participant needs
  • Navigate challenging scenarios that could arise during a workshop or coaching session
  • Create strategies to promote a DiSC®-based culture
  • Explore MyEverythingDiSC® and discover how to utilize it as an ongoing development tool
This course is held at the Education Center in Minneapolis, MN or in London, England.

Upcoming Classes

  • December 05 – December 06, 2017

    Two days of live facilitated learning in Minneapolis
  • January 23 – January 24, 2018

    Two days of live facilitated learning in Minneapolis
  • February 27 – February 28, 2018

    Two days of live facilitated learning in Minneapolis
  • March 27 – March 28, 2018

    Two days of live facilitated learning in Minneapolis
Take the next step!
Workplace Certification


Be my guest at a Everything DiSC® showcase. Take an in-depth look into the program and discover how you can use Everything DiSC® in your organization. Select a city below to learn more.

Featured Skills

  • Executive Coaching
  • Business Coaching
  • Family-Owned Business Coaching
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Strategic Planning
  • CEO Coaching
  • Emerging Leader Coaching
  • Executive Education


  • Everything DiSC® Authorized Partner
  • The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team®