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            I’ve owned a successful home security business for a number of years. I put in lots of hours, think I operate efficiently, yet I find myself constantly overwhelmed trying to keep up with what’s going on in the business world and my industry. How do people keep on top of such things?

Though days still have 24 hours, and years are guaranteed to have no fewer than 12 months, it does sometimes seem as if the world is turning faster and faster. Patterns, trends and technologies that seemed rock-solid last year can spike in a different direction at a moment’s notice.

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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

Chapel's Country Creamery

How SCORE Helped

The Foster Family
Chapel's Country Creamery

Chapel's Country Creamery greatly benefited by using our SCORE Mentor to help us develop a feasibility study to find new direction for our business.  Our mentor not only was able to help us with figures, but came from an agriculture background which helped them to understand our business better.  We appreciate all of the time and effort spent to help our business and used their knowledge at an integral part of our growth.  

Josh Davidberg

Available

Punta Gorda, FL

Languages:English

How I can help you

• Wide array of innovative business approaches due to work experience in various countries, cultures and different organizations; • Wrote grants/proposal; • Consistent record of forging strong business relationships with prospects and clients; • Worldwide marketing, business development and international strategist with more than 20 years of unique cross-functional expertise in computers, designed and developed electronics/computers and mechanical systems, business development, management and sales, project management and leadership experience; • Ability to perform with a global perspective in a competitive and fast-paced business environment. Extensive international business experience, travel and exposure to different projects and cultures; • Successful record of leading teams in the development of high-quality deliverables and peak performance while focusing on responsibilities and commitments. • Foster professional growth through mentoring relationships and focus on training and development; • Competently juggle multiple projects while maintaining the uppermost emphasis on productivity and profitability.

• Turnarounds | Business Development | Strategic Planning | Management | Board Development | Organizational Development | Forecasting | Technology Adoption | Entrepreneurship | Growth Strategies • Sales Leadership | Channel Sales Strategies, Processes & Programs | Go-to-Market Strategies | Demand Generation | Marketing | Market-Segments | Social Media | Public Relations | Promotion | Creative Writing| • Prototyping |Financing | Communications | Market-Penetration |Packaging | Branding |New Product Analysis | Manufacturing | Engineering | Computers | Electronics |

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Industry Experience

Education

<p> PhD International College Major: Management Science MSM (MBA) Northrop University Major: Management, Marketing, Economics &amp; Finance BSEE Northrop University Major: Electronics Engineering, Minor in Business DIP (ASEE) Lakehead University Major: Computer &amp;amp; Electronics Engineering Florida Teacher&#39;s Certification: Physics and Mathematics (Held)</p>

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Mike Astle

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Colorado Springs, CO

Languages:English

How I can help you

I have extensive experience in managing financial institutions having held ownership positions in several small Kansas banks. I was President of First Community Bank, Emporia, Ks; President of Commerce Savings & Loan, Shawnee, Ks: president of Los Alamos National Bank, Los Alamos, NM. At various times I owned a small insurance agency, a small real estate agency and continue to own an 18 unit shopping center in Topeka, Ks with my son & wife. In between ownership in the banks I worked as a bank consultant doing business plans, budgets and policies for several Kansas banks.

 

Areas of expertise

Industry Experience

Education

I am a graduate of Kansas State University with a BS in agricultural economics, post graduate studies in economics at Wichita State University and a graduate degree in banking and finance from the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking, Southern Methodist University.

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Rosa d'Oro Vineyards

Owner/Founder
Pietro Buttitta
My Location
3915 Main Street
Kelseyville CA
United States
How SCORE Helped

After discovering SCORE through an Internet search, Pietro Buttitta of Rosa d'Oro Vineyards was pleasantly surprised when he learned his counselor was also in the wine business. "It was nice because he knows what's going on in the industry," he said.
 
Pietro had sought out SCORE's assistance with the family winery to figure out ways to take it to the next level. He was told the first step would be to create a business plan. He said John helped significantly with the financials and three-year forecasts. "He explained what the banks want to see and guided me through the plan."
 
Pietro also attended the SCORE workshop, Finding Funding Sources. "I thought it was a good, general overview.  I liked that the instructor was very open to questions," he said. "I intend to go to other workshops and take advantage of the networking."
 
He said he also appreciated that the SCORE counseling was free, as the winery was working on a very tight budget and couldn't have afforded paying for business consulting.

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4 Walls Media Group 

1 Leonard Ave.

Hooksett, NH 03106

603 623-8007

http://www.4wmg.com

 

 

Don Wettstein

Unavailable

Congerville, IL

Languages:English

How I can help you

Trust Officer and Investment Advisor

Areas of expertise

Industry Experience

Education

<p> BS Ag Business Western Illinois University</p> <p> MS Ag Economics University of Illinois</p> <p> &nbsp;</p>

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          After working in the industry for a number of years, I want to start my own catering business. Conversations with a couple of banks about financing have not been promising, so I’m considering approaching some friends and relatives about borrowing the startup money. Is this a good idea?         

When seeking financing help for a small business, many entrepreneurs turn to friends and family, rather than banks or other lending sources. While this approach may avert the stresses associated with loan applications and presentations before strangers, it carries its own set of risks and potential pitfalls.

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.  

I’m considering purchasing a local, long-established dance studio. I have the training and skills to run it, but have never bought a business before. What advice can you give me? 

          Buying an existing small business can expedite one’s way into entrepreneurship. All the upfront effort has been taken care of, as has much of the learning curve. And with staff and resources already in place, you may think stepping in and taking over is all there is to 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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