About Mike Goossen & Columns 4 Success

The Four Things Every Successful Business Has in Place

Columns4Success represents the four guiding principles that a business must have in place to survive and thrive:

A business that is struggling with or lacking control in one or more of these disciplines is probably struggling to gain market share and maintain or build profitability.

Mike Goossen, CEO and Founder

Mike Goossen, CEO and founder of Columns 4 Success, has seen the toll this struggle takes on CEOs, companies, employees, and communities.Mike Goossen CPA, Outsourced CFO, training a group of business people

Mike began his career as a financial auditor and management consultant with a local CPA firm. He worked with a diverse set of clients, from privately held small businesses to large corporations to nonprofit organizations.

From there, he took on a challenging role as the controller of the Central California Blood Center. It was a personal and professional risk: the blood center was in significant financial trouble. But Mike took it on and with his existing skills and a desire to continue to grow professionally, he began developing a strategic focus and financial plan for the organization.

With the buy-in and help of the board of directors and the management team, they turned the organization around. Mike eventually became the CEO and twelves years later, when he left, the Central California Blood Center was in excellent condition. It continues to be successful today.

It was during those (sometimes very long) twelve years that Mike discovered how much he enjoyed helping good, but struggling, businesses become great.

Mike has been an independent management consultant, outsourced CPA, and financial strategist for businesses and nonprofit organizations with revenue from $1 to $10 million+ since 1999.

He became a faculty member with the Central Valley Business Incubator to work with start-up entrepreneurs. Several of these ventures are still operating and growing.

He expanded on his already significant skill set by seeking out more opportunities to help businesses and nonprofits with their financial and management challenges.


Mike Goossen responded immediately to my emergency call to rescue the financial system of United Way of Fresno County after the sudden departure of our lead accounting and IT staff during an economic downturn. Within days he mastered the complex systems of a complex organization, re-trained the remaining staff, and served as our Chief Financial Officer until we were completely stabilized and running well. He skillfully guided us through the hiring of a new long term CFO, and managed a seamlessly smooth transition. He was very comfortable to work with and performed impressively in every regard. His expertise and ethical standards are truly exemplary.

Richard Kriegbaum, Ph.D.

Former President of United Way of Fresno County
President Emeritus, Fresno Pacific University

Non-profits are unique in their approach and requirements for financial management and operations. Their needs fit well with Mike’s experience and expertise.


I am indebted to Mike and his unwavering commitment to this ministry and to the people we serve. I am honored to call him my friend. I would recommend him for any financial or accounting needs you may have.

Rev. Larry Arce

CEO Fresno Rescue Mission, Inc.

In 2014, he became a faculty member of 360 Solutions. Mike was impressed with the flexibility and depth of their assessment platform and knew that the 360 Solutions suite of employee hiring and team-building tools was the final piece of the puzzle he needed to help create successful businesses. Mike Goossen and his wife

He is a member of the Fresno Chamber of Commerce, the Hispanic Foundation, and RezCom Networking. Mike regularly speaks to associations and small business groups, sharing his knowledge and experience to help them grow and thrive.

“I know from experience that applying the principles of the Columns 4 Success will help you reach your goals. Like anything in life, there are no guarantees, only hard work and guiding principles that increase your chances of success. Whether you’re looking for strategic guidance or help in hiring, I will do everything I can to train and coach you to achieve your best results.”

On a personal note, Mike is married to his high school sweetheart, has three grown children, two sons-in-law, four grandchildren … and counting. He loves taking road trips to visit his family and see the country.

2017 Columns 4 Success