"When interviewing for an account owner position, be prepared to speak to your skills in communications, marketing, and client relations. Employers will be interested in your ability to create long lasting relationships with clients and generate sales for a portfolio of accounts. Your interviewer may test your abilities with a role play question, so be prepared to give a mock sales pitch to a difficult client."
If I gave you $40,000 to start a business what would you start
I advised I would start a sales consultancy, focused on parachuting into start up companies and getting them up to speed asap.
Since the business has been running since 2007 it would make sense to invest into new equipment and software. It would also make sense to invest some of the money where it also could become more useful. Certain area's might include: online tool's, a few video's, hiring a professional writer to write some extremely quality content etc... Could even try paying for office space where the business could get more exposure. Of course that would require signage that would allow the business to be seen from the street level. Other possibilities might include hiring someone that would greatly help the company generate business. There are plenty of area's that the money could help a business, just laying out a proper plan of where the money would best be utilized should be considered before spending any of the money.
I'd start a one man travel consultant business and travel around the world for "research"