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Harvey Finkel

Harvey Finkel

Current City: Woodland Hills, CA

Began career at Peat,Marwick,Mitchell's (now KPMG) LA office and became a CPA.  After 4 years, moved to private world of accounting and financial operations including over 13 years at Fox as worldwide audit director, controller and VP Finance.  Moved to smaller/start-up companies in 1998 and held various positions including CFO and COO.

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BS Finance;  Certified Public Accountant, State of California

Richard S Lewine

Richard S Lewine

Current City: Greenwich, CT

Expert helping the leaders of small to mid-size organizations clarify their direction and have their people help to achieve the organizations goals by developing their untapped potential. 

Expert in:VISION ARTICULATION STRATEGY FORMULATION CLIMATE ASSESSMENT DEVELOPMENT OF ORGANIZATIONAL GOALS SYSTEMS INSTALLATION OF PERFORMANCE APPRAISAL/MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS CREATION OF INTERDEPARTMENTAL COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS - job matching - systems - leadership development - management training - apparel & textiles

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Member of Board of Directors of Greenwich CT Chamber of Commerce

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Education includes,  Marketing, Business Law, Industrial Psychology and Computer Basics at Temple University. Certified in Gamification by Wharton/Coursera.

Ask SCORE

       After working for more than 25 years in the publishing industry, the company I worked 
for downsized and I accepted an attractive buyout package. Now I’d like to start my own 
business. What do I do first?
 

 

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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.    

Q: What are limited liability companies (“LLCs”), and what should businesses know 
about them?
A: LLCs are a new type of business entity that emerged in the early 1990s. They have many important legal and tax characteristics, but the key ones are these:
  • Liability shield. LLCs provide their owners (called “members”) with a statutory liability shield that is essentially identical to the corporate shield.

About the Author

John Cunningham is a N.H. business lawyer whose practice is focused on LLC law and tax. He chaired the N.H. Business and Industry Association committee that drafted the Revised New Hampshire Limited Liability Company Act, a radical revision of New Hampshire LLC law that went into effect on January 1st. LLCs are, by a wide margin, the entities of choice for N.H. business start-ups.

Ask SCORE

       I’ve recently taken my business plan for a new and innovative consumer product to several banks seeking funding, but have had no success. What are some other financing options that might be available to me?

 

 

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.

Daniel B Nickell

Daniel B Nickell

Current City: Vienna, VA

Expert in Business plans and very knowledgeable in marketing/business development. 

  • Extensive domestic and international experience marketing large-scale industrial and federal-level intelligence and reconnaissance systems, corrections and law enforcement, telecommunications systems, and electronic security systems.
  • Extensive writing and public speaking on corporate management issues, business development, and proposal management.
  • Author of a bestselling book on computer applications, technical works, and management articles.
  • Expert in biometric access control and identity verification systems.

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MBA, (Management and Marketing concentrations), George Mason University.

BA "with honors," (Communications Research), Michigan State University.

Completed major in Russian at Syracuse University. Additional education includes undergraduate work at Western Michigan University (Secondary Ed., Theatre) and graduate studies in statistics and testing, Chapman University.

Avant Palette - Small Business Artist Success Story

With an honors fine arts degree from UCSD, endless inspiration from the castles, museums and churches of Europe and real world experience in creating sets for TV and movies, Margarette Johannes had everything it took to be a successful artist.  But the business side of her work was another story.  The idea of starting out was daunting altogether – she didn’t know the first thing about financials, marketing or business planning and didn’t know where to turn.  Luckily her grandfather, Malcolm Epstein Sr., did!  A former SCORE mentor himself, he directed Margarette to the place she would gain all these skills and more “practically on a silver platter!” – SCORE!

www.avant-palette.com

Owner/Founder
Margarette Johannes, LEED AP
My Location
San Diego CA
United States
Year Company Formed
1995
My Successes

Since starting in 1995, Avant Palette has been creating extraordinary faux finishes and specialized textures for professional interior designers and discriminating home and business owners.  Their clients include luxury hotels, high end offices and even a Frank Lloyd Wright residence.

Avant Palette has grown from just Margarette doing all the work herself into a company with three different locations across the United States having up to 15 independent contractors on residential, commercial and government projects, and drafting 20 major contracts a year. 

The company’s work has received an overwhelmingly positive response was recently featured on TheGardenIsland.com (click to read more).

What's Great About My Mentor?

Mentor Paul Hollenbach helped Margarette gain the essential tools she would need to start and maintain her successful business.  Business topics ranging from advertising to insurance, government contracts to financing options, were covered and equipped Margarette with the knowledge and confidence to proceed.

How SCORE Helped

Margarette continues to meet with her SCORE mentor, as she says, “to brainstorm for my company's continuous growth.”  She highly recommends the free mentoring and workshops saying, “SCORE is an entrepreneur's best friend. I would not be where I am without them.  Don't let this service pass you by!”

Bonnie Copeland

Bonnie Copeland

Current City: Costa Mesa, CA

Business plans, start-ups, finance, financing, financial projections, cash flow, budgeting, intellectual property, troubled business turn-arounds, retail, sales, manufacturing, entertainment, insurance, environmental industry and non-profits. I began my business career by starting a retail ski shop. I built it to $1 million in sales as the ski industry boomed. When my daughter was born I sold the ski business and became a stay-at-home mom entrepreneur, selling custom portraits of children and pets through mail order and specialty shops (that's yesterday's equivalent of an internet business). I sold the portrait business after five years and entered the University of Pittsburgh M.B.A. program, majoring in Accounting and Finance. I graduated Magna cum Laude and I worked as Assistant Controller and Systems Analyst for a large industrial foundry and rolling mill in Eastern Ohio. Two very cold winters later I moved to Southern California to be Project Financial Analyst and Internal Auditor at Hughes Aircraft. I moved to Disney to manage the financial affairs for several divisions at the park as well as the construction of Thunder Mountain Railroad. I left Disney to work as a Special Projects Consultant for Shell Oil, then spent 11-1/2 years at Digital Equipment Corporation. At DEC I worked directly with the Western Vice President of Sales, managing the budgeting, reporting, and awards programs for a 300 person sales force. I also served as executive partner to several aerospace and banking companies, wrote the strategic plan for a new $50 million venture, served as national training manager for the Finance and Accounting organization, and as training liaison between Finance and Accounting and the sales group. In 1992 I took early retirement and became a SCORE volunteer. Currently, I work part-time doing marketing, accounting, and financial planning for a small family owned firm. I also consult periodically with the Cal State Fullerton School of Business Entrepreneurship program and run three small businesses: consulting for several former employers, art beading and freelance writing

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BA, University of Pittsburgh, Cum Laude -- Studio Art Major, Theater and dance minor MBA, University of Pittsburgh, Magna Cum Laude, Finance and Accounting. 5 time winner, Chapter Cyber Counselor of the Year Award. Over 20 years as a SCORE mentor.

Philip Greene

Philip Greene

Current City: New Rochelle, NY

Expert in Business Start ups, Buying and Selling a Business, related Business Valuation, Business Plans, Business Legal Forms, Obtaining Financing.  Specialize in Restaurants, Retail, Medical Services, Manufacturing and Natural Resources.  1965 to 2003 W.R.Grace & Co. Corporate Vice President of Finance. For last 25 years negotiated worldwide acquisitions and divestment's of various businesses ranging from $25 million to over $1 billion. Coordinated due diligence, both in house and third party, including work of independent accountants, investment bankers and attorneys. Negotiated financial and purchase price sections of relevant agreements and reviewed other documents. Resolved all post closing purchase price adjustments and business issues. Worked closely with investment bankers in achieving corporate value objectives.  Director of Internal Audit for two years.  Prior to 1980 was responsible for both internal and external world wide financial reporting. Corporate business plan and financing initiator. Start up business initiator. 1960 to 1965 PriceWaterhouseCoopers LLC. CPA

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Education

Columbia University Graduate School of Business. MS degree in Accounting. University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business. BS in Marketing

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