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Austin K Pryor

Austin K Pryor

Current City: Stamford, CT

Expert in home-based businesses, consultants, musicians, artists, crafts people, e-Commerce and Internet situations, website design critique, computer service businesses and coaching healthcare related businesses. 25 years as a new products and new ventures executive. Management consultant helping companies increase innovation and entrepreneurship (self employed since 1989). Help companies and non-profits develop strategic and growth plans. Volunteer member of non-profit & church boards. Helped start up an aquaculture venture in Hawaii. Avid golfer and a cappella choral singer.

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 BA Yale, MS University of Minnesota

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Thrive Adventures

Macdonald got his exposure to international opportunities while a college  junior working with an adventure travel company.  The real decision evolved while he and his wife, Jen, were deployed with the Army National Guard in Iraq.   He used the money saved while on active duty to launch his business.

Macdonald organizes and leads custom adventure travel trips to New Zealand and elsewhere.  A big part of his work involves offering -- and encouraging travelers to try new experiences, from sea kayaking, luge rides and swimming with wild dolphins to bungee jumping and sky diving.

Owner/Founder
Alan Macdonald
My Location
10276 Hanson Street
Coon Rapids MN 55433
United States
Revenue
$45,000 but 2012 estimate is $150-250,000
Employees
2
Year Company Formed
2011
My Successes

The first year he and his co-founder, Sam Kurachek, have successfully conducted tours in 2011.   They look to expand their business to Autralia, Peru and elsewhere.

What's Great About My Mentor?

Macdonald meet with four different teams of two mentors from his first intro to SCORE to the present.   He liked the fact that different sets of skills could be assembled, whatever his problem.

How SCORE Helped

Launching a business was uncharted territory for the me.  He connected with a group of SCORE mentors who had experience working internationally.   They helped with unstanding work visa, opening a branch in a foreign country and hiring foreigners to provide his services.

His mentors are focusing on controlling costs to improve profits.  The challenge is to establish his business abroad instead of operating from here and traveling back and forth.

Donovan Hudson

Donovan Hudson

Current City: Opelousas, LA
Chapter: Acadiana SCORE

Private Legal Practice, Opelousas & Baton Rouge, Louisiana (Served as member of the La. Legislative Bureau &        2009 –Present

    

 

Office of Louisiana Lieutenant Governor, Baton Rouge, Louisiana                                                           2004-2009

General Counsel/Special Asst. Urban Affairs

Responsible for legislative advocacy / out-reach, stakeholder coalition building, legislative bill tracking, and agency legal analysis and supervision

  • Provided supervision, analysis and direction to individuals tasked with grant writing efforts in the office of the Lieutenant Governor resulting in the procurement and administration of $20 million transparently and without any negative audit findings;
  • Spearheaded passage of 15 of 17 Lt. Gov. initiatives while serving as primary legislative liaison having direct supervision of 6 and indirect supervision of 30 plus state employees,
  • Ensured compliance with State and Federal  laws and regulatory by providing legal assistance and support during the development and drafting process of departmental legislation;
  • Cultivated and maintained effective working partnerships with all elected officials and stake-holders of legislation;
  • Created and  maintained operational procedures to keep the Lt. Gov. current and apprised of legislative activities;

 

 

Louisiana Department of Justice, Baton Rouge, Louisiana                                                                                             2000-2004

Assistant Attorney General, Litigation Division – Medical Malpractice Section

Responsible for managing all phases of defense litigation pertaining to any medical malpractice claim against the state of Louisiana assigned to my care

  • Successfully handled 75+ cases over a four year period. (27 cases - resolved at trial with favorable verdicts – [22 of that 27 under appeal when I resigned], 34 cases;
  • Led efforts to streamline case management operations through the design, development, and implementation of software that functioned as a case status tracking / reporting system;
  • Designed, developed, and submitted a litigation document retention schedule at the request of the La. Attorney General for the entire La. Dept. of Justice;

 

 

 

Premier Title of Baton Rouge, Baton Rouge, Louisiana                                                                                                  1998-2000

Partner – Office Manager

Responsible for managerial and operational oversight of eighteen title company offices throughout the U.S.

 

  • Coordinated and supervised the creation of an internet software system that facilitated centralized office management of satellite operations;
  • Developed and coordinated educational curriculum to train office personnel on software and internal office procedures and protocols;
  • Supervised day to day office operations of personnel as well as all phases of title company work including document creation and tracking as well as financial logistics on all transactions;
  • Established procedures and protocols for establishing operations in a new location to insure local legal and regulatory compliance;
  • Directed and participated in business operations which grew from a single state to one with offices with 18 locations grossing 10 million per annum. 

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EDUCATION

 

Juris Doctor, Southern University Law Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana (1989)

 

Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Political Science, Loyola University, New Orleans, Louisiana (1984)

Steven M Lember

Steven M Lember

Current City: Elkins Park, PA

Exec. VP major ad agency specializing in direct marketing VP Telemarketing Service Bureau Direct Marketing Consultant Director of Marketing, financial services

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<p> Temple University, BA</p>

Oh My Cupcakes! Succeeds With Help From SCORE Mentor

How does one make the transition from a career in radio to running a successful cupcakery and managing 20+ employees?  For Melissa Johnson of Oh My Cupcakes! it took years of research, some solid business guidance and many dozen batches of practice.  She traveled far and wide to see how the growing cupcake trend was taking shape and compile information on how she could do it better.  After many, many trials resulted in her perfecting the recipes of over 30 flavors, she knew the sweet taste of success was well within her reach. www.ohmycupcakes.com 

Owner/Founder
Melissa Johnson
My Location
Sioux Falls SD
United States
Employees
20
Year Company Formed
2009
My Successes

Melissa measures success in human terms; her goals for the business are to care for her employees, her family and her community and she’s taken unique approaches to accomplishing all three.  Her store’s hours are designed to allow employees time with their own families and her leftover cupcakes are donated to the Good Shepherd Center on a daily basis.

In addition to operating a retail store and distributing her products in several retail outlets in her area, Oh My Cupcakes! has established a vibrant online store (www.ohmycupcakes.com) that allows customers all across the country to place an order and receive treats the very next day.  Utilizing their retail space to its maximum potential, OMC also hosts private events, from birthday parties to holiday gatherings and more, where guests can belly up and create their ultimate cupcake at the “cupcake bar.”

What's Great About My Mentor?

“Truman asked me some tough questions and wasn’t afraid to lay it out there in black and white terms.  He helped me see what the realities would be.”  Melissa keeps in close contact with Truman and other advisors at SCORE. “It’s all about relationships and with a SCORE mentor they keep the conversation going, over months, and over the course of your business’s growth.”

How SCORE Helped

Attending the Sioux Falls chapter of SCORE’s How to Really Start Your Own Business workshop got the ball rolling by teaching Melissa how to assemble a business plan and demystifying the intimidating worlds of permits, licenses and tax laws.  The workshop also introduced Melissa to a business banker who understood her needs as a small business and helped her get a plan in place to achieve her goals.

An advisory board is an informal group. This is not a board of directors. It is a group of mentors. The group has no financial interest in your firm. This is a group of outside advisors who share their knowledge to help you be more competitive, think strategically and offer specific advice in key skill areas.

The benefits of an advisory board include: setting aside time to think strategically, obtain feedback and insights from outside the company, and gather information and expertise from peers who have knowledge in different areas than your own. In general, a three to five person board will likely meet your needs.

This documents reviews types of business insurance available and provides some information on each.

Alvin M Roselin

Alvin M Roselin

Current City: New York, NY

Expert in marketing, sales and strategic planning for company growth and development. Founder, chief executive of marketing communications company specializing in public relations/publicity for print, radio, TV and digital social media. Major film producer of message films, including public service announcements, video news releases, infomercials, sales films, corporate, industrial, TV programming, web and internet content, creative services, etc. Expertise in all areas of marketing (including use of social media), strategic planning, photography, video and film production -- I am available exclusively to clients in the Metropolitan New York Area with face-to-face mentoring as the goal to develop a strategic plan for a successful business using sales and marketing tools!

View Client success video as case history   -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hStr-QI3iCg

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BA in communications - Empire State College, SUNY

This document explains the importance of your credit score, the method used in its calculation, how it's used and how to obtain a copy.

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