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Barry Fishman

Barry Fishman is not available for direct meeting request. Contact their chapter about matching with them or another mentor.

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Languages: English

How I Can Help You

Describe how a volunteer can help SCORE clients.

I am a generalist, with three decades of senior level experience in all facets of business. My passion is helping businesses grow and working with business leaders to enhance their skills. My experience ranges from large global corporations to small start-up businesses. I have enjoyed mentoring numerous successful entrepreneurs and executives and helping them unlock their potential for over 20 years.

I am looking to help SCORE clients evaluate business ideas, develop business plans, and provide general guidance on starting a small business or improving the performance, revenue, and profitability of an existing business. I have a proven track record in guiding entrepreneurs to make informed business decisions and to focus on the right priorities.

My ideal client is an ambitious, open-minded entrepreneur who is willing to learn from a mentor who has broad business experience as a generalist.

Building a business is tough and a good mentor can inspire you to forge ahead. I can help navigate the ups and downs of the business journey. I also enjoy fostering creativity and innovation and helping businesses that are struggling with people, products, or process issues.

Mentoring topics include:

• Business feasibility
• Market analysis
• Forecasting
• SWOT analysis
• Business planning
• Strategic planning
• Starting a business
• Cash management
• Organizational needs and recruiting
• Team development
• Situational leadership
• Employee engagement
• Performance management
• Operational discipline
• Product launch
• Marketing and sales
• Marketing plan
• Financial planning
• Cost reduction
• Mergers and acquisitions
• Integration planning
• Internal and external communications
• Profit improvement
• Product innovation
• Business development
• Global expansion
• Non-profit organizations


I am a semi-retired business leader and entrepreneur who wants to give back. I was the CEO of four pharmaceutical and life science companies and have personal experience starting and successfully growing a recreational/sports/outdoor education family business from a start-up to a successful sale.
I currently serve on five board of directors (a charity, two public and two private) and am a business coach for executives at several companies in a variety of stages.

My industry experience includes:

• Pharmaceuticals
• Medical devices
• Healthcare
• Wellness
• Medical services
• Recreation and outdoor education
• Leisure and hospitality
• Software
• Manufacturing
• Retail
• Professional services (consulting)

Describe experience, accomplishments, interests, and/or personal traits that contribute to one’s work as a SCORE volunteer.

I get immense satisfaction from helping others – by utilizing my vast business experience and knowledge to help entrepreneurs realize their dreams. I enjoy helping people fine-tune their soft skills (commonly defined as non-technical skills) that enable people to interact effectively and harmoniously with others. My own business journey had its share of challenges, but perseverance and hard work paid off!

Areas of Expertise

  • Business Plan
  • Human Resources
  • Management & Operations
  • Marketing
  • Strategy Development

Industry Experience

  • Manufacturing
  • Professional Services
  • Wellness, Healthcare, & Home Health
130 S Elmwood Ave,
Buffalo, NY 14202

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