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Why turn to Next Commerce?


Clients who turn to Next Commerce will benefit from  

  • deep public policy advocacy capabilities that include lobbying by NEXT consultants;
  • access and implementation of world-class information technology; and
  • unparalleled legal expertise and insight through Next’s long-tenured professional relationships


What makes Next Commerce unique?


Energy Vision. Next Commerce is a thought leader via our ‘All The Above, All The Below’ energy approach. This approach is a by-product of the firm’s unique combined expertise and experience in coals, oil & gas, rail and renewables/solar.


Lobbying Experience. Next Commerce offers decades of hands-on experience in all levels of government & policy engagement and lobbying. Team leaders are registered lobbyists throughout the eastern United States (PA, WV, VA, KY, NY, OH) and western United States (LA, TX, OK, AR, NM, CO, WY). The Next Commerce team is also versed in the complex federal lobbying arena. 


Business Planning, Funding and Execution. Next Commerce has both background and vision in how early-stage companies need to develop and grow. Our team members are former owners, board members, advisors and investors in companies, giving them hands-own experience.


What are Next Commerce core services?


Next Commerce offers four core service areas. All are underscored by experience and depth.


Lobbying. In alignment with fellow directors within Next network, we lobby at the federal and state levels and at the legislative and executive branches. We work for clients large and small, as well as de novo entities.


Business Consulting. In conjunction with other Next divisions, we develop and execute business plans, investment strategies, handle local community engagement and develop/put forth public policy positions.


Public + Private Speaking | White Paper Development. As a experienced speaker and presenter, the director of Next Commerce is versed in one-on-one coaching. This experience affords Next clients the tools and techniques essential in communicating the right messages. All Next directors, at opportune times, present and speak on our client’s behalf.


Crisis Communication. As a seasoned crisis communicator within the coal, oil & natural gas, and rail sectors – and having dealt with the most serious circumstances including loss of life – the director of Next Commerce is invaluable in developing comprehensive communication strategies, with a dynamic, continuously-updated crisis communication/crisis management plan.


How we work within the broad discipline of Commerce.


In the broad sphere of commerce, our focus is simple: secure for our clients the most favorable policy outcomes. Key in this endeavor is the Next Commerce director’s ability to leverage both his local community experience and statewide economic development experience to maximum advantage. This experience includes chairing several statewide boards such as the West Virginia Council for Community and Economic Development, the West Virginia Tourism Commission, and the state venture fund West Virginia Jobs Investment Trust (JIT).


How Next Commerce sets and meets your expectations.


Our success at Next is built upon trust and results. First, we provide clients a thorough assessment of their determined needs, with advisement of our ability and level of assistance, followed by a clear overview of how our fees will be tailored to their work.


We believe the value clients receive from Next cannot be gained elsewhere. Our unparalleled leveraging of diverse expertise is quickly harnessed to address your situation. We seek a complete understanding of your position and need. This allows us to more efficiently create realistic and prioritized goals. It also allows us to fashion a fee arrangement that fits the capacity of work involved.


How and when we use other Next services.


Often, an effective way Next Commerce helps clients achieve optimum, cost-effective results is to partner with other Next divisions – Next Technology and Next Government Relations. Each Next director is experienced in considering the right time to bring in other directors to help assess and enhance a client’s position. This internal capacity to supplement a client’s goals and needs through complementary expertise has proven invaluable to many Next clients.


Complementing your internal team.


Appreciating that teamwork is essential, Next Commerce goes to great lengths to work seamlessly with a client’s internal team(s). We seek to enhance your capabilities, thereby creating a team with greater depth and ability to thrive in an increasingly complex market.


How Next Commerce makes a difference.


Next Commerce strives to be as thorough as possible. We comprehend our client’s position(s) and challenge(s) quickly. This is crucial in bringing about results in a timely, cost-effective manner. Most critical, we believe, is the experience and knowledge we bring to bear on your issues and challenges.