Arts and Entertainment

Vera's Art

Starting at a very young age, Vera Smith loved using art as a way to express herself. Having an education in art along with a passion for painting, Smith began giving her paintings away to her friends as presents. In 2003, Smith decided to turn her passion into a business.

My Location
San Antonio TX
United States
Employees
1
Year Company Formed
2003
My Successes

Smith attributes the help of her mentor Gordon Sanford and attending SCORE workshops as two of the reasons why she was able to have successful commissions in 2013. SCORE workshops provided the artist with useful business tips and tools that allowed her to manage and improve different aspects of her business.
 

How SCORE Helped

With no background in business or sales, Smith knew she would need some guidance. The artist says it can be tough running a small business alone, "It can be very lonely and scary having a small business by yourself." When Smith met her mentor Gordon Sanford, she knew her business needed help. "At the time of my first meeting with Mr. Sanford, I knew I really needed help. I use to avoid the disagreeable financial news of verasart.com."

The help and advice the artist received from her mentor was invaluable. "I learned to face my business wish honesty, seeing the strengths, and weaknesses. I learned how to plan, evaluate, and come up with strategies for the future."

Smarty Pants Kids

Owner/Founder
Makya Vandiver-Hawkins
My Location
Prairie View Shopping Center
Eden Prairie MN 55426
United States
Revenue
$150,000
Employees
3
Year Company Formed
2010
My Successes

SPK has been in business since 2010.  Over the years, it has brought  together a large variety of fun, interactive toys and games that provide active, educational alternatives to kids, many of whom often spend too much time watching TV or being by themselves to play games, on a computer, pad or smart phone.  Also, Makya (ma-ki-ya) and her two person staff provide community involvement projects and activities to bring families together and help young kids understand the importance of socialization.

What's Great About My Mentor?

They talked business without fluff or excess sensitivity.

How SCORE Helped

Early on, Makya was referred to SCORE by her accountant to help her think through her concept of starting a retail operation. Her SCORE mentors, Arlan Nissen and Gary See, stressed the importance of developing a business plan and got her thinking about the many details of operating and growing a business, including start up costs, marketing,, pricing, expenses and much more.  She said "They were very helpful, knowledgeable and brutally honest.  One thing I really liked is there's no fluffing or sensitivity.  They talked business".

Art and Elixir

Owner/Founder
Terri Roberts and Tara Connolly
My Location
876 7th Street West, #107
St. Paul, MN 55102
United States
Revenue
$97,000
Year Company Formed
2012
My Successes

A&E was started from scratch by the co-founders, who met while pursuing  their individual faux finishing (decorative) businesses.  They also developed their business concept and determined niche markets they wanted to pursue, including local corporations.  They developed a website,   www.artandelixir.com, and have aggressively used online marketing efforts to establish their brand, boost word-of-mouth endorsements, promote online registrations for events and build their business.

How SCORE Helped

"I don't think we'd be where we are without you guys", Terri said. After developing their business concept, they contacted SCORE in May 2013 to help them get the business going.  They met regularly every month with their SCORE mentors, who encouraged them to formally establish a partnership agreement, recommend and review marketing campaigns and help them keep on track to meet their goals.  They also said the process helped them feel more accountable for what they accomplished, as well as what needed to be done to build their brand, sustain their business and make it grow.   Bruce Becker and Doyle Larkin stayed with us till we were successful.

Design Entertainment

“Design Entertainment, this is Ben.”

That is how Co-Owner Ben Remer answered the phone one Thursday afternoon.  Ben was basically running the business, alone, in the showroom/warehouse on Lighthouse Way off Route 25 in Perrysburg.  His phone calls included prospective customers, a present customer with “remote” problems (“get the remote, push this button, then that button, tell me what happens”), and coordinating his partners and employees spread out over the area in their big black vans.  One was reminded of a spider pulling the strands of his web, or a juggler with a dozen balls in the air.

Ben’s way of doing business shows why Design Entertainment has grown enormously in two short years.  It’s about personal and professional service: “We’re all chameleons here – we adapt to the customer.”

The “we” refers to four Co-Owners: Tyler Schifferly, Dean Rossman, Jason Hatzidakis, and Ben - and their employees. All have years of experience and a wall full of diplomas, certificates and credentials; all have a love of helping customers through the intricacies of residential and commercial audio and visual installations.

They do big jobs (see the testimonial on display from Hollywood Casino) and small home applications.  The business has grown because happy customers tell their friends; home installations lead to big commercial jobs (and vice versa).  According to Ben, “It’s not who you know, it’s who knows you!”

Their distinctive vans are all over Metro Toledo, on call 24-hours a day.  “We understand that the day of the big game there may be a problem, and we need to take care of it.”  Design Entertainment’s success is proof that they live up to their promises.

SCORE mentor Basil Apostolou has been with the company from the beginning.  “They were the fastest start-up I’ve ever seen; they opened in three months, not the year I expected!  And they have continued to amaze and astound, with their professionalism and their energy and commitment to their customers.”

What of the future?  Ben Remer thinks their business is about to explode dramatically, as directed security and home automation begin to take off.  But the real reason is service.  Those chameleons at Design Entertainment will do whatever it takes to provide the best and the latest, and keep their customers happy.

Owner/Founder
Remer, Schifferly, Rossman, Hatzidakis
My Location
7015 Lighthouse Way #300
Perrysburg OH 43551
United States
Year Company Formed
2012

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Thomas Dube

Thomas Dube

Current City: Long Beach, CA
Chapter: Asheville SCORE

I have worked in the service industry over 20 years. I have been successful at creating win-win relationships that generate long term prosperity. 

Volitude Sport & Adventure Club: 2009 - Present
Founder. Adult Coed Beach Sports League. Come play, Have fun and Socialize is the motto. Volitude has been successful at providing a variety of activities that encourage the community to live a healthy and active lifestyle. Success from the generation of synergistic relationships, Marketing, Sales, P&L Management and Customer Service.

Regus Management Group: 2011 - Present
General Manager for Newport Beach location. Provider of flexible office space solutions. Successful resource to the new way of doing business. Success in Sales, Marketing and P&L Management. 

True Blue, Inc: 2009 - 2011
Branch Manager for Long Beach location. Provider of temporary/for hire staffing for blue collar and light industrial industry. Successful in behavioral interviewing and process management to assure client and associate maximized productivity and profitability.

Enterprise Rent-A-Car: 1997 - 2009 
Sales, Marketing, Customer Service and Employee Development were the keys to success. Successively promoted from Management Trainee, Branch Manager, Regional Sales Manager to Regional HR Manager over 13 years of employment.  

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Education

<p> California State University, Long Beach<br /> Bachelor of Arts&nbsp;<br /> Business&nbsp;</p>

Glenn Trembly

Glenn Trembly

Current City: Omaha, NE

30 + years in the health care industry working in the HR and organizational development field.Retired as CEO of a senior living community. Currently self employed business owner. 

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Education

BA University of the Ozarks, graduate hours in business Adm, University of Arkansas

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