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Harnew and Edgebrook Publishing LLC Receives Liability Advice From SCORE

Steven R. Culver had been a student of military history. He wanted to explore his passion with a creative business idea that ranged from games to a series of novels. The logistics and marketing issues of game making looked to be formidable. Steven then explored his desire to write. The result was not just one adventure novel, but the start of a series set in the 1700's during the Thirty Years War.

Read Steven R. Culver's First Novel: Howell Davidson Amongst The Musketeers

Owner/Founder
Steven R. Culver
My Location
Chicago IL 60061
United States
Employees
1
Year Company Formed
2012
My Successes

Steven R. Culver published his first novel, "Howell Davidson Amongst the Musketeers", in December of 2012 on Smash Words. Soon the novel became available on Amazon in paperback form. The reviews have been very positive with one reader saying, "This is a great read. The writing style is easy to read, yet you learn a little about the 30 years' war, and you start to like the characters and look forward to the next adventures. If you like historical novels, you will definitely enjoy this book". The novel currently has a 5/5 rating on the Smash Words website.

What's Great About My Mentor?

When asked about SCORE and his mentors, Steven  R. Culver says, "I quickly found that I could learn how to construct a solid plot line, but I was completely at sea when I tried to imagine how I might turn my writing into the foundation of an actual business. Fortunately, I found SCORE and their team of knowledgeable mentors. I got suggestions about how to avoid legal problems, advice on how to form an LLC, and invaluable insights into how my writing endeavor looked from a business perspective. Most importantly, I gained the confidence that what I was doing really could be a business if I only put in the effort"

How SCORE Helped

Steven Culver had always heard of SCORE. It was a name that popped into his head when he finally decided to go into business and self-publish his novel. He approached SCORE with concerns about liability issues that may arise from writing a history based novel including using the names and likenesses of authentic historical characters that add realism to his work.

After these concerns were put to rest Norm Letofsky, Mr. Culver's SCORE mentor, began to work on alternative publishing methods. Soon the two had found that digital publishing offered the best cost effective way to self-publish without stretching Steven Culver's tight budget. 

Lewis Freifeld

Lewis Freifeld

Current City: Weston, CT

My work experience focused on Advertising; Marketing; Communications with a special emphasis on Media(both Radio and Television). My role was to increase productivity and which translated into increasing the asset values of the properties that I was managing with an exit strategy of selling these stations at a profit.

My last full time position was as COO of Cook Inlet Communications, a minority owned Media company with ownership of Hispanic Media (Telemundo). We owned or operated stations in Denver; Philadelphia and El Paso. This company was sold to NBC!

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Education

BA Hofstra University EMBA University of New Haven

Dogtown Cincinnati

You might wonder what an architect is doing opening a pet daycare business.  For Megan Prather, it was a classic case of identifying a problem and developing a solution that worked for herself and that she knew would work for countless others with busy schedules – a pet daycare that offered flexible hours, extensive interaction and affordable prices.  The journey to launching that idea into a full-fledged business venture took over 2 years and steadfast resolve.  But with the tenacity of a bulldog, Megan Prather made it happen.

www.dogtowncincinnati.com

Owner/Founder
Megan Prather
My Location
Cincinnati OH
United States
Employees
37
Year Company Formed
2011
My Successes

You may have heard that entrepreneurs are dedicated to their ventures but Megan’s commitment goes even beyond the typical.  She spent 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, taking no salary throughout her first year in business.  That hard work has certainly paid off.

For starters, Megan developed a robust website that helped her secure 50 client commitments before even opening the doors to the business.  And business has certainly been booming ever since – Dogtown quadrupled their number of full-time employees and more than doubled their number of part-time employees in just their second year in business.

Megan also took advantage of the services offered by fellow SCORE client, Bad Girl Ventures, attending an intensive 9-week business bootcamp.  Future goals for the business include adding a 24-hour veterinary service.

Dogtown was named SCORE Cincinnati Client of the Month in April 2012 and SCORE Cincinnati Client of the Year in 2012.  In December 2012, Dogtown was chosen as the recipient of Sam’s Club Holiday Cheer, receiving a $1000 gift card and travel expenses to Dallas to attend a high-speed Marketing workshop.

What's Great About My Mentor?

“Working with SCORE and Dennis Murphy my SCORE Mentor has provided a foundation to help my business grow,” said Megan. “He has worked with me since December of 2009 on every aspect of my business from my business plan, to financial planning, to finding a building, to HR issues, marketing, meeting with bankers with me, to negotiating my lease, introduced me to my accountant, etc.

Frank Raeon was a great help in helping me find the right building and location for my business and helping me lease/purchase agreement terms.

Greg Noe was a great help to me with my financials and working out the terms of my Lease Purchase Agreement, and he also introduced to my attorney who has been a great help to me.”

David Spitzman

David Spitzman

Current City: Jamestown, RI
Chapter: Rhode Island

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Bernard J Ridens

Bernard J Ridens

Current City: Terre Haute, IN

Kroger 5 years ---high school and college employment Vigo County School Corp. 36 years, Indiana State University adjunct 5 years, Residential contracting 60 years---summer months, Executive Director--- Taxpayers Association 8 years, Full time Owner----The General Shop 1973 to present, Vigo County Federal Credit Union Board 18 years President 4 years, Deputy Township property tax assessor 16 years, VOLUNTEER HISTORY United Way allocations committee, Boy Scouts, Kiwanas, 

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Education

Math, Physics, Technology --MS Plus 50 Sem. hours, Indiana State University, Yale, Harvard, Knox College, Rose Hulman Institute of Technology

Andrew Thomas Gaiennie

Andrew Thomas Gaiennie

Current City: Shreveport, LA

Graduate of Nicholls State's Geomatics program, Andrew has over a decade of experience in training entrepreneurs and opening his own ventures from working along side his father and grandfather.

Professionally, Andrew has worked outdoors as a land surveyor, owned an employment agency while in collage, managed two nightclubs and a radio station, and is currently an Authorized Local Expert for Constant Contact and a SCORE chairman. 

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Education

Collage Degree: BS of Geomatics, Nicholls State

Constant Contact ALE training program

Kauffman Foundation entrepreneurship series veteran

Steve Strauss, founder of www.theselfemployed.com, gives tips to artists looking to enter the business world.

Steve Strauss headshot Q: “Bro – Every time I try and sell my art, I get that I am a better artist than salesperson. But you are great at the business stuff. Why don’t you start to rep me?”

JJ

 

About the Author

Steven D. Strauss is a lawyer and writer and is one of the country's leading experts on small business as well as an international business speaker. The best-selling author of 17 books, his latest is the all-new 3rd ed. of The Small Business Bible. You can listen to his weekly podcast, Small Business Success Powered by Greatland, visit his new website for the self-employed, TheSelfEmployed, follow him on Twitter, and "like" TheSelfEmployed on Facebook. You can e-mail Steve at: sstrauss@mrallbiz.com. © Steven D. Strauss

       I have a business that sells equestrian supplies both retail and online. I’d like to begin using social media as a marketing tool, but I’m clueless as to how to begin. How do I go about developing a social media strategy?

 

 

About the Author

       This column is brought to you by the Merrimack Valley Chapter of SCORE, with nearly 70 current and former business executives available to provide free, confidential, one-on-one business mentoring and training workshops for area businesses. Call 603-666-7561 or visit merrimackvalley.score.org for information on mentoring, upcoming workshops and volunteer opportunities. SCORE is a national, non-profit organization and a resource partner of the U. S. Small Business Administration.
       Have a question you’d like answered in this column? E-mail it to info@score-manchester.org, with “Ask SCORE” in the subject line.

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       Our four-year-old printing business is finally on solid footing. We’ve worked hard and 
been very fortunate, and now we’d like to begin giving something back to the community. What 
types of activities can you suggest?

 

 

About the Author

       This column is brought to you by the Merrimack Valley Chapter of SCORE, with nearly 70 current and former business executives available to provide free, confidential, one-on-one business mentoring and training workshops for area businesses. Call 603-666-7561 or visit merrimackvalley.score.org for information on mentoring, upcoming workshops and volunteer opportunities. SCORE is a national, non-profit organization and a resource partner of the U. S. Small Business Administration.
       Have a question you’d like answered in this column? E-mail it to info@score-manchester.org, with “Ask SCORE” in the subject line.

James Hisey II

James Hisey II

Current City: Fairfield, CT

James Hisey II is a self-directed consulting executive with a proven record of accomplishment of distinguished leadership and service to local government, business, health care, and cultural organizations.  His expertise includes cost reduction methodology in the health care industry, identity theft protection, marketing, software application development, internet strategy and implementation, market research, computer hardware and software technical support.  Throughout his career, he has helped identify, appraise, and maximize opportunities by carrying out in-depth analyses across a broad spectrum of technologies, economics, materials, methods, and services. 

 

He is the owner of Management Insights LLC where he has formed alliances with major partners serving the health care and security industries.  Management Insights specializes in helping protect sensitive information from theft.  We build layers of protection using state of the art tools provided by QUALYS and industry best practices.  Our process examines the technical and physical infrastructure, people, applications and operations.  All of this coupled with excellent customer service builds exceptional value for our clients.  Management Insights was endorsed by the New York Annual Conference and is in the process working with churches to improve their information security.

 

Prior to founding Management Insights in July of 2011, he worked in the Information Technology and IT departments for the Town of Westport.  During that time he was project leader for the installation of the town’s MUNIS accounting software. Under his leadership the implementation was completed ahead of schedule.

 

He has been a part of technology related businesses for most of his career.  His accomplishments include a worldwide market research for PriceWaterhouseCoopers, database development and market research for the pulp and paper industry and technical business-to-business market research.

 

Jim is a member of the Westport United Methodist Church where he currently serves as treasurer and is an elected lay delegate to the New York Annual Conference.

 

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Education

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University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL,&nbsp; Bachelor of Arts in Psychology</li>
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Graduate coursework in computer sciences, business, and psychology at the New School for Social Research, New York; Fairfield University, Fairfield, Connecticut; and the University of Bridgeport, MBA Program.</li>
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Additional training:
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Cisco Call Manager System Administration 6.1</li>
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Cisco Unity Connection Administration</li>
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Windows SharePoint Services Level 1 and 2</li>
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Windows SharePoint Designer</li>
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Fundamentals of Windows Server 2008 Network and Applications Infrastructure</li>
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Installing and Configuring Windows 7 Client</li>
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Crystal Reports Level 1 and 2</li>
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