50+ Entrepreneurs

Battling Depression: Advice on How to Make Seniors Feel Valued by Others

Date
Thu, 2014-04-17 10:21

Research shows that the rate of depression among elders in senior residences is 24% to 27%. It's not that every fourth resident you greet in the hallway is depressed.

It's that we should be more concerned about the people who aren't in the hallway to greet.

From the Ground Up, Janska Builds Dignified Clothing

Date
Thu, 2014-04-03 10:46

Business has always been good for Jan Erickson and Jon Thomas, owners of Janska Clothing that Comforts.

In business since 2003, Janska staff envision, design, cut, sew and sell clothing like jackets, socks, hats, scarves and more.

Erickson’s and Thomas’ knowledge of business has grown in time with the bottom line, they said recently.

Air Quality Control Environmental in Coral Springs

Owner/Founder
Al Dexter
My Location
3640 NW 118th Ave
Coral Springs FL 33065
United States
Revenue
800000
Employees
12
Year Company Formed
1991
How SCORE Helped
 

BY JULIE LANDRY LAVIOLETTE
Special to the Miami Herald

​ In 1991, two weeks after Al Dexter moved his wife and four kids to South Florida, he was laid off from his job. So Dexter, then 49, started working with a man cleaning air ducts — not for pay, but to learn the business. A couple of months later, Dexter saw an opportunity: The man was moving back to New York. Dexter took out a loan to buy equipment and a cargo van with 400,000 miles on it, and started an air-duct cleaning business out of his garage.

Today, Air Quality Control Environmental in Coral Springs has 12 core employees, four service vehicles and a crew of part-time workers. Dexter, 73, has grown Air Quality into a family business, with son, Mike, and daughter, Kelly, as co-owners.

AL DIAZ / MIAMI HERALD STAFF:  IN THE FAMILY: Al Dexter, at center, founded Air Quality Control Environmental Inc. nearly 25 years ago. Now he and two of his children, Mike Dexter and Kelly Dexter, are also co-owners of the business. The addition of Mike and Kelly have re-energized the business: Sales climbed to $800,000 in 2013, and sales calls grew from one or two a day to six or more a day. But while Air Quality has seen sales growth, Al Dexter feels the company doesn’t have the operational infrastructure to accommodate it and enhance its growth potential. Air Quality asked the Miami Herald for a Small Business Makeover.

The Herald brought in Broward SCORE, a nonprofit with volunteer counselors from the business community that mentor small business owners. The SCORE tune-up team included David Harris, director of marketing, Greenway Golf Course Management, whose expertise is in operational management, fiscal controls and marketing; Michael Bauer, director of accounting, American Traveler, whose expertise is in strategic planning, budgeting and operations; and Chip Ellis, president of the International Association of U.S. Government Contractors, whose expertise is coaching small business owners how to succeed at selling products.

AL DIAZ / MIAMI HERALD STAFF:  IN THE FAMILY: Al Dexter, at center, founded Air Quality Control Environmental Inc. nearly 25 years ago. Now he and two of his children, Mike Dexter and Kelly Dexter, are also co-owners of the business.

 

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Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/04/06/v-print/4040722/small-business-makeover-air-quality.html#storylink=cpy

See article online at http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/04/06/4040722/small-business-makeover-air-quality.html

             

Score's D. Harris                           Score's C. Ellis                                        Score's M. Bauer

From Miami Herald: Small Business makeover: Air Quality Control Environmental in Coral Springs

Date
Sun, 2014-04-06 02:55

BY JULIE LANDRY LAVIOLETTE
Special to the Miami Herald

​ In 1991, two weeks after Al Dexter moved his wife and four kids to South Florida, he was laid off from his job. So Dexter, then 49, started working with a man cleaning air ducts — not for pay, but to learn the business. A couple of months later, Dexter saw an opportunity: The man was moving back to New York. Dexter took out a loan to buy equipment and a cargo van with 400,000 miles on it, and started an air-duct cleaning business out of his garage.

Ask SCORE
          I recently completed development of a new item for the pet industry and will be receiving
the first shipment of product shortly. Though my background is in engineering, I now need to go
out and sell the product to distributors. Any tips on how to become a successful salesman?

          Among the many titles you take on when owning a small business is Chief Salesperson.  Your business literally cannot live without sales growth, and it’s up to you keep start—and keep—those customers coming.

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.

Why So Many Seniors Are Launching Businesses

Date
Wed, 2014-03-26 14:32

When Jeffrey Nash, 60, started thinking about his retirement several years ago, he didn't like what he saw. As a salesman for Men's Wearhouse, his income went up and down, and he hadn't yet saved much for retirement. In addition, he was struggling to pay off a mortgage at risk for default.

Willamette SCORE Chapter #416 Seminars

Date
Sun, 2014-03-23 13:00

 

The full day Seminar that was scheduled for Wednesday, May 14, 2014 has been canceled and will be rescheduled for in the "Fall". Sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Ask SCORE

            I’m a retired sales and marketing guy who’s recently purchased a local convenience store. What are some of the key numbers I should be monitoring to successfully manage the business’ finances?

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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