Bruce Bohrmann's magic, after 50 years of honing, still flows from his fingertips. In the last two years, Bohrmann's hobby has exploded into a full-fledgled business.
When Bohrmann's commemorative knife took off, one local SCORE mentor, Skip Orem, was fascinated with Bohrmann's process. "I got so enthralled by what he was doing, I said, 'I think I'll take this guy,' " said Orem, 83, of Harpswell, a former submariner and executive of a marine propulsion company.
When I began my civil engineering firm three years ago, I wrote a business plan to guide our growth. We’ve been somewhat successful to date, but the marketplace and a lot of our initial assumptions have changed, so it’s time to update our plan. Any tips you can offer? Read more.....
Sometimes accomplishing the “unimaginable” is the only means to overcoming the “unthinkable.” For 30 years, Annemarie du LeBohn had lived with fear, self-doubt and low confidence as a result of being raped and stalked by her attacker. In 2010, she took matters into her own hands and decided to challenge herself to accomplishing the ultimate physical and mental challenge: the Ironman. A 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride and 26.2 mile run – and of course, the mental discipline and perseverance to do it all – turned out to be the prescription for turning her life around. Suddenly life was not only possible but fun; she could create goals and accomplish them. One of those goals was turning her story into a motivational speaking business and SCORE mentors Tom Patty and Betty Otte helped make that a reality.
Annemarie’s motivational speech shows people that they can overcome anything and succeed. The speech shares 3 mental tools to create a positive mindset and 7 Ironman training tools that anyone can use to achieve their goals.
Annemarie has been a guest speaker on national radio shows, featured in Toastmasters International magazine (distributed to 135 countries in 7 languages) and had speeches booked a year in advance. She was featured as an inspirational athlete in USA Triathlon magazine. In October 2012, she spoke at TEDxOrangeCoast on the theme of Redefining Relevance.
Through the corporate social responsibility (CSR) side of her business, she is currently working with a Fortune 1000 company on their CSR communication efforts and she’s spoken about the topic at trade shows and in social media. She has partnered with the Microsoft Store to host corporate social responsibility workshops for Microsoft’s clients in Southern California.
How SCORE Helped
Mentor Tom Patty focused on helping and inspiring the public speaking side of Annemarie’s business while mentor Bette Otte mentored the CSR side. Tom outfitted Annemarie with public speaking advice including defining her message, practicing the speech 20 times and using the same confidence she’d needed for the Ironman. Betty helped Annemarie to focus on tasks to build the corporate social responsibility business including creating a business priority list, defining her brand, and developing a prospect list. And just as importantly, she coached her on how to say 'No' to projects that were not beneficial to her goals.
In June, Next Avenue noted that the Center for Productive Longevity in Boulder, Colo., had launched the Inspirational Life Stories contest and the Later-Life Entrepreneurship Success Stories contest for people 50 and older. The nonprofit, which showcases the value of the 55-plus crowd, just announced its contest winners. The Most Inspirational Life Story essay by Barbara M. Traynor of Slingerlands, N.Y. details her journey across the country to start a new career of giving back.
Broward SCORE together with the SBA and supported by AARP held Entrepreneur Encore Mentor Day on October 2, 2012 at Nova Southeastern University. The event was targeted at assisting people over age 50 who were looking to start a second career as entrepreneurs with their own businesses.
The event consisted of a presentation about what services SCORE, the SBA & AARP could provide to aid entrepreneurs with either starting a business or growing one if they had already started.
Like most things in life, finding a mentor is a process. The right chemistry takes some trial and error. And there's no law that says you can only have one. Remember, you aren't looking for yes-men and -women, who support you no matter what. You want them to believe in your mission, but you need to hear the good, the bad, and the ugly. No lip-gloss.
Read on to find out tips for finding the mentor that's right for you.