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Larry H. Blochard

Larry H. Blochard

Current City: Kalamazoo, MI
Chapter: Kalamazoo SCORE

Working Career:  Retail Banking, particularly in Consumer, Commercial and Mortgage Lending.

Previous Employers:

  1. American National Bank in Portage:   Branch Manager & Commercial Loan Officer.
  2. Fidelity Savings Bank:  Vice President - Lending & Loan Servicing.
  3. Standard Federal Bank:  Branch Manager
  4. Post Community Credit Union: Chief Operations Officer.


  1. Kiwanis Club of Kalamazoo - Past President.
  2. Junior Achievement - Past Board Member and Advisor - (4) years.
  3. Institute of Financial Education - Past President and Board Member - (10) years.
  4. Pretty Lake Vacation Camp - Past Board Member.
  5. Boys Scouts of America: Assistant Scoutmaster - 30+ years.







  1. Western Michigan University - BBA
  2. University of Wisconsin - Graduate School of Banking.
  3. American Institute of Education - Graduate.
  4. Institute of Financial Education - Graduate.

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Printed copies are available in the SCORE Office.



          I’m in the process of establishing a graphic design/web development business. 
Should I form a corporation? 


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 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. 


La Comunidad Hispana

SCORE’s relationship with LCH has evolved over the last two years from an advisory capacity to their board to a full fledged partnership which is focused on bringing entrepreneurship and business practices to the large Hispanic community in southern Chester County. SCORE mentors John Jackson , Horace Scherer and Bob Fedor are regular members of LCH’s monthly marketing committee and often conduct special projects related to marketing and general business practices. This is expected to continue indefinitely as the CEO, Margarita Mirkil and the Chair, Alice Moorhead have deemed this an invaluable assistance to LCH. Over the last year the relationship between SCORE and LCH has led to the formation of a workshop “Business Skills for Success for Latino Entrepreneurs”. LCH is the host and a key marketing force behind this effort. In the Fall of 2013, 15 clients graduated from this 8 week course. This has grown to about 30 clients for the current 2014 spring course. Horace Scherer is now a key instructor in the program. This effort has garnered very favorable media and political attention for both SCORE and LCH.


La Comunidad Hispana

Providing integrated health care, social and adult educational services designed to help immigrant and low income residents stay healthy, build strong families and lead productive, fulfilling lives.


LCH offers a wide range of resources to meet the needs of Hispanic and low-income residents of southern Chester County. Each year, approximately 2,300 people receive services that include information and referral, translation and advocacy, case management, life-skills training, adult education and legal assistance.

Think Like a Scientist! LLC

Coleen Herbst and Jodi Wooten began teaching together at a local preschool in 2007, teaching three-year-olds as well as a Pre-K enrichment class. With their own passion for science, the enrichment class evolved into one focused on science, and the teachers found that preschoolers also love learning about science. They also created a Camp for a Cure, a science-based camp that funds their annual participation in the Susan G. Komen three-day Walk for a Cure.

The teachers began to dream of opening their own business teaching science to young children. Think Like a Scientist! (TLAS!) was born in 2009 when a local private school began searching for a science program for their young students and partnered with Herbst and Wooten. Finally In 2013 TLAS! opened its own location in West Chester.

TLAS! offers science classes and holds private birthday parties for children ages three to six. Herbst and Wooten are the only employees. A TLAS! session consists of one 2.5 hour class a week for four weeks and costs $125.  TLAS! currently offers four classes a week with total enrollment of about 50 children. They also average two birthday parties a month, with a cost of $250 per party. One day a week, they also teach TLAS! on site at St. Agnes School.


For the 2014-15 school year, TLAS! is planning to open the studio for an additional day each week, which would add about 40 more students. They also want to add a new Saturday class that meets once a month for children 6-8 year olds, with target enrollment of 40 students.


TLAS! met both its revenue expectations for the 2013-14 school year and also all its business goals.  Adding the class for 6-8 year olds and opening the studio an additional day will generate significant additional revenue.


Herbst and Wooten say they reached out to SCORE because “Teachers by trade we knew just how to execute our curriculum. Business folk we are not but we were eager to learn to be! We contacted SCORE and enrolled in their Grow Your Business series.”  Working with counselors Ana Nitica and Frank Millheim, TLAS! got assistance in areas including marketing, web planning, social media and finance. 

About SCORE they say, “SCORE never fails to provide us with a business professional no matter the area of expertise. Thanks to the support of many SCORE volunteers we have developed the skills necessary to create and manage our business. SCORE continues to support us as we move forward to grow our business.” 

Coleen Herbst and Jodi Wooten

Robert G Cleaveland

Robert G Cleaveland

Current City: University Place, WA

40 years in financial services industry: John Hancock Life Agent(1972-1982); Family-owned P&C Agency (1982-1999);
Owner of regional financial planning practice, Cornerstone Financial Strategies LLC, in UP & Tacoma. Life, health, P&C, Series 7, 66 licensed; RIA. Residential real estate landlord. Co-founded WA state Make-A-Wish(r)chapter (1986-1996); National Make-A-Wish(r) Board (1988-1994). Franciscan Hospice volunteer (2013-present). Volunteer, U S Open @ Chambers Bay, June 2015.



BA, English, Ohio Wesleyan University. Professional designations CLU, ChFC.


            I own a small advertising agency, as well as being a wife and mother. I constantly read about women who “have it all” and would love to be one of them. How do they do it?

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 for information on mentoring, upcoming 

Jose Jesus Figueroa

Jose Jesus Figueroa

Current City: Milton, PA
Chapter: Central PA SCORE

As a professional dedicated to the service of others, I seek to employ mi skills for the benefit of the organization and the population I serve.

I owned and managed several small businesses before moving to the United States; later I launched a brief business in 2006 as a free-lance translator from English to Spanish. Most recently to improve my understanding about businesses in USA on May 2013, I completed a Master’s degree in Entrepreneurship. I also have experience in higher education including curricular design, development of assessment tools, served as academic adviser and taught introduction to business, operation research, quality control, and different mathematics subject courses.



Master of Entrepreneurship. Western Carolina University. Cullowhee, NC. May 2013

BSEE. Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Morelos. Cuernavaca, Mexico. July 1994

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This 8-week online workshop guides you through the business planning process.



Randy Ozden originally came to San Diego to study computer science at San Diego State University. After a career working for large companies overseeing systems integration contracts, he decided to start a business. He had met some people who had started their own companies and felt that he had all their qualifications. In addition, "I was technical, I had done some programming, and I was a good storyteller who could speak about creating effective solutions at the executive level".

Randy and two other individuals provided initial funding of under $100,000. The company was fortunate to get customers quickly and no other outside capital has been needed. Today, the initial investors and the employees own VivanTech.

Randy Ozden
My Location
2020 Camino del Rio North, Suite 700
San Diego CA 92108
United States
Year Company Formed
My Successes

One of VivanTech's clients was in higher education, and they asked them to look at Kuali to replace their ERP (enterprise, resource, planning) system starting with their payroll. VivanTech decided to analyze Kuali, and liked what they saw, so decided to focus on developing custom solutions for universities who wanted to use Kuali.” Customers now include Stanford University, the University of Southern California and the University of Hawaii.

VivanTech is a tremendous small business success story because it demonstrates that companies can successfully make dramatic changes in direction by listening to customers. This openness along with developing thought out strategies and thorough due diligence resulted in dramatic revenue growth and a strong, trusted presence among the higher education IT community.

At each step along the way, VivanTech asked for SCORE’s assistance in researching options and the associated advantages and risks. This attention to careful and thorough planning, combined with the willingness to execute and take necessary risks epitomizes the entrepreneurial spirit that makes VivanTech an inspiring success story.

What's Great About My Mentor?

From the early days of VivanTech, Dick Leslie mentored VivanTech and made himself available according to their timing. When needed, he involved other mentors from SCORE to make sure VivanTech's needs were addressed.

How SCORE Helped

SCORE's mentoring has been significant because of continued availability to advise on many of topics and attendance at some of VivanTech's key management meetings, quarterly updates and yearly reviews.

SCORE provided mentoring in the following areas:

* Recommended the company narrow its focus to emphasize its depth of expertise in order to ensure success. Once the company executed on this, their successes increased and it became an important pivot point for growth.
* Supported entering the market of open-source enterprise software for the higher education market. This became the cornerstone for the company's change of direction and subsequently impressive revenue and profit growth.
* Advised VivanTech to develop families of products and services, plus product positioning and promotion as well as pricing. * Business planning - Both in moving to new markets, while also successfully supporting existing clients.
* Emphasized complete commitment to customer relations.

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