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SCORE Minnesota (MN). Dean Swanson, Past Minnesota District Director interviews Holly Jo Anderson, Owner of Veritas Marketing, LLC. At the SCORE Minnesota District meeting 2014. Small business counseling services.
SCORE Minnesota (MN) interview with Jim Handy and Dean Swanson about the CEO Forum and round tables. At the SCORE Minnesota District meeting 2014. Small business counseling services, Minneapolis Chapter.
Stephanie Miller, a Youngstown State University art graduate, always knew she wanted to own her own business. After having a difficult time finding a job in her field, the art graduate took a job as a retail manager, but never stopped creating art. After five years of being a manager, while driving home from work one day, the artist had the idea of creating a business that would function like a craft market. "I always wanted to house my things in a shop, but I couldn't find one," says Stephanie. Stephanie decided to turn her idea into a business.
Wonderstruck Artisan Market and Classes houses over 11 vendors and plans on doubling the number of vendors within the next few months. Wonderstruck offers after school art programs, "Sip & Paint" classes, house parties and various other painting classes and activities.
How SCORE Helped
Stephanie reached out to Youngstown State University's SCORE chapter to help write a business plan, develop ideas for her new business and advertising. "Wonderstruck Artisan Market and Classes greatly credits the Youngstown SCORE team for helping to establish a business plan which was our key in early business planning. This greatly helped us to set up for success," says Stephanie.
Jeani Burns, creator of VoMaSmart (Volunteer Management Social and Smart) a volunteer software that allows volunteers to manage themselves online needed help getting her business off the ground. Jeani who was unfamiliar with promoting and pricing software, reached out to a friend for advice. Jeani's friend advised her to reach out to SCORE. Soon after, Jeani was matched with SCORE mentor Harold Rappoport.
VoMaSmart's very first and current client is Wine in the Woods, one of the largest wine festivals on the east coast that attracts between 20,000 to 30,000 visitors annually.
VoMaSmart is currently working on a complete new upgrade with many more reporting features and languages that will accommodate individuals from around the world.
In August, 2014 www.richmond2015 signed on with VoMaSmart. The World Road Cycling Championships (Worlds) is cycling’s pinnacle event, held annually in an international city as chosen by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) through a competitive bidding process similar to the Olympic Games.
The Worlds is a nine-day event, featuring 12 Championship races for Elite Men and Women, Under 23 Men and Junior Men and Women. It is a rare opportunity for the athletes to compete for their country, just as they do during the Olympic Games. Athletes compete in three different disciplines including the traditional Road Race, the Individual Time Trial and the recently introduced Team Time Trial. World Champions are crowned in each discipline.
The Worlds is truly one of the great global sporting events. It is covered by more than 500 media outlets from around the world and is broadcast live to a global audience of more than 300 million people.
What's Great About My Mentor?
"When we met, it was perfect because Harold is a software person and he knew exactly how to advise me. He knew what questions to ask, helped me put a pricing structure together and he helped me learn how to market our product and make sure we don’t hire too many people as we grow. Harold was the leveling force all the way through the process," says Jeani.
How SCORE Helped
SCORE assisted Jeani with creating a business plan, marketing plan, helped formulate a business model and helped analyze pricing and product placement.
"I’ve made so many mistakes in past businesses and I didn’t want to make the same mistakes again. It’s like having a friend who is there to listen to you and advise you. I know if I slip and fall, they’ll be there to pick me up and give me good advice," says Jeani.