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          Our veterinary practice began doing online marketing, including social media, about six
months ago. We believe it’s having a positive impact, but would like to know how we can
accurately measure its effectiveness.  

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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

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            I recently purchased a children’s daycare center. The previous owner did not treat the staff well, and my top priority is to correct that situation. How do you suggest I accomplish that?

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            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.

James Heerin

James Heerin

Current City: Atlanta, GA
Chapter: SCORE Atlanta

While paracticing law I formed Sea farms, Inc.for a client of our firm. It was a start up enterprise located in Key West, FL dedicated to research and development of shrimp farming. I served as counsel to Sea Farms until 1971 when I joined Sea Farms as Exec VP and and served as President and Chairman as it grew to operating over 16,000 acres of shrimp ponds in Honduras producing oveer 9 million pounds of shrimp per year. Sea Farms also developed and operated shrimp farming and processing facilities in Ecuador and Venezuela. I was an officer and director of Sea Farms until 2005.

In 1977 I joined Pitcarin Inc. as VP and Associate Counsel. Pitcairn was a private investment company that was a major shareholder of Sea farms, Inc. While at Pitcairn I helped supervise a number of public and private operating companies in which Pitcairn was an investor,including Sea Farms, which I managed. 

In 1989 I co-founded Capital Partners, Ltd., a private merchant banking business which specialized in agribusiness investments. In 1995 it was merged into InterAg Technologies, Inc., which was purchased by Deere & Co. in 1999. I served as VP and General Counsel of John Deere Special Technologies Group until December 2003.

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University of Pennsylvania, B.A. University of Connecticut, LLB</p>

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       I own a software development company. While I wouldn’t consider myself disorganized,
at the end of most days I can’t help feeling I haven’t accomplished what I set out to do that day.
What can I do to better manage my time?

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       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.

Jurgen Link

Jurgen Link

Current City: Westport, CT

Expert in Start up businesses and very knowledgeable in logistics and distribution. After graduation from University of Munich in 1986 and completing the HUBO BOSS AG executive training program in Germany, moved to New York in 1988 to help found HUGO BOSS USA. Lead development of Administration, Logistics, Distribution and Finance Departments, before assuming position of SVP Sales and Marketing. Left HUGO BOSS in 1994 to start NETFOCUS, an Internet Services Provider. In 1996 founded SpecialTeas, Inc. a Tea Import, Wholesale and Ecommerce company. In 2005 merged with leading (28 stores) US tea retailer TEAVANA Corp. to form TEAVANA Holdings. As President of SpecialTeas and SVP of Logistics and Distribution of TEAVANA Corp. lead Sourcing, Logistics, Store Distribution and e-Commerce Fulfillment. Acted as Board Member of TEAVANA. Involved in TEAVANA IPO and subsequent acquisition by STARBUCK.

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MBA Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany

Dr. Robert S Brookman

Dr. Robert S Brookman

Current City: Providence, RI
Chapter: Rhode Island

 

Manager of Research and Development for Firestone

Vice President of Technology and Board member of small public company

President of $200,000,000 Plastics Company

Currently  Vice President for Business Development for a billion dollar privately held plastics company

I have run the sales,marketing, technology, and financial operations of medium sized companies.

My current activities include: mergers and acquisitions,technology evaluation and acquisition, and am the only internal employee coach for fast track and high potential troubled employees 

 

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&nbsp;BS in Chemistry from CCNY and PHD in Polymer Chemistry from NYU Polytechnical Inst</p>

       I’ve been approached by a lead generation service. Do they really work, and if not, what other means of generating leads can you suggest?

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       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.

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Doug Crotty

Doug Crotty

Current City: Gainesville, FL

Professional Experience: Thirty-seven years in the business world, specifically in refrigerated warehousing/logistics/international shipping, with management experience in Operations, Sales/Marketing, and Customer Relations. I am also a freelance writer with a business focus, and am currently a contributor to The North Central Florida Business Report, and Hibu Magazine's Haile Plantation Life, with business-related articles in the business section of that publication.

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       I started my refrigeration repair business six months ago and am now at the point of 
needing to interview candidates for my first employee. I’ve never done this before. What tips can 
you offer?

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       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.
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       I’m currently in the planning stage for a new retail bakery. I’m going to need some funding for equipment, but my personal credit history is a bit spotty. How much is that going to hurt me, and how can I combat 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 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.
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