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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.
       Have a question you’d like answered in this column? E-mail it to info@score-manchester.org, with “Ask SCORE” in the subject line.

Stan Starrett

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Wimberley, TX

Chapter: SCORE Austin

Languages:English

How I can help you

For the past 39 years I have been actively involved in the real estate business, primarily as a real estate developer and consultant.  Prior to being in the real estate business, I was a stock broker, and also in the oil business.  I have been actively involved in real estate projects all over the world, including, but not limited to: Hawaii, Mexico, Belgium, Egypt, Cyprus, etc.

In the past decade my projects  have received awards for Environmental Excellence and Keep Texas Beautiful. Many of the Starrett Development projects have been waterfront oriented.   I have always had a keen interest in being a good steward of all lands I have developed

I have an International Appraisal License plus brokers' licenses for Texas and Florida.

Eight years ago I started a 501c.3 foundation, (THE TEXAS FOUNDATION FOR INNOVATIVE COMMUNITIES).

In the past 15 years I have bought 11 ranches in central Texas and have developed each of them into attractive communities specializing in Wildlife management Plans, which provide ag exemptions for the property owners.

 

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Education

B.S. Degree from the University of Houston.  Degree in Finance from the New York Institute of Finance.  And have taken a myriad of courses world wide on real estate development, plus being a speaker at International Conferences on Real Estate in the United States and Europe.

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Steven Strauss

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Corona Del Mar, CA

Languages:English

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Fred Rubey

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Terre Haute, IN

Languages:English

How I can help you

Graduated from Louisiana Tech with a BS in EE in 1957.  Worked for a chemical manufacturer for 3 years until 1960 designing safety circuits for the manufacture of Ammonium Nitrate.  Worked for a common carrier trucking company for 11 years until 1971.  Started a computer service bureau and ran it for 11 years until 1981.  Worked for a bank in marketing and trust for 19 years until 2000.  Retired from the bank and formed an investment LLC.  Worked as a Registered Investment Adviser from 2000 until the present.

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       I have a business that sells equestrian supplies both retail and online. I’d like to begin using social media as a marketing tool, but I’m clueless as to how to begin. How do I go about developing a social media strategy?

 

 

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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       Our four-year-old printing business is finally on solid footing. We’ve worked hard and 
been very fortunate, and now we’d like to begin giving something back to the community. What 
types of activities can you suggest?

 

 

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.
       Have a question you’d like answered in this column? E-mail it to info@score-manchester.org, with “Ask SCORE” in the subject line.

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Gary Banks

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Darien, CT

Languages:English

How I can help you

 

Gary has over 35 years as an IT change agent doing operational turnarounds though Business Process Redesign enabled by IT.

For the past three years Gary was SVP Decisyon Customer Services – the unit responsible for designing, developing and supporting customer applications.

He spent 11 years in Private Equity.  Six years as the CIO/Executive in Residence for a $6B fund and five years as the CIO/Partner with a $1.2B fund.  Both invested in distressed industries such as automotive and textiles that were in critical need of restructuring.  He takes a hands-on approach to finding realistic and practical solutions with a total focus on results.

As the Corporate CIO of Xerox he was on the team that implemented a major strategic change for the company - from making black & white, analog, standalone copiers to color, digital, network devices.  His role was to work in the field with Sales to help them meet and understand Xerox’s new customer, the CIO.   He sharply improved internal customer satisfaction with IT by implementing a quality improvement team to manage a troubled EDS outsourcing contract.

At Monsanto he was the IT lead of a very large, and successful, global SAP implementation – thousands of users, 4 distinct business units, 41 plants and 7 languages – all in a single, unmodified model.  Deploying an innovative technical architecture using SAP’s ALE, the project became a showcase of IT enabled business transformation.  He co-founded the SAP Large Implementation Group and worked directly with SAP’s developers in Walldorf.  Previously he was the CIO of Monsanto’s Agricultural Division. 

He was the CIO of Sithe Energies, a de-regulated electricity producer and trader.   At Bristol-Myers Squibb he was the Director, Operations Analysis and Consulting.  He was also the CIO of Clairol.  He started his career as an Operations Research analyst at Procter & Gamble.

He has served on the Board of Directors of Documentum sold to EMC for $1.6B; Metaldyne, a $2B automotive parts supplier; and Trimas a $1B diversified manufacturer (stock symbol : TRS).  His response to a case study “The Strategy that Wouldn’t Travel” was published in the Harvard Business Review .

He holds a MS in Operations Research from Columbia Graduate School of Engineering, a MA in Mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania and a BS in Mathematics from Tulane University.

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  • MS, Columbia Graduate School of Engineering, concentration in Operations Research
  • MA, University of Pennsylvania, concentration in Mathematics
  • BA, Tulane University, concentration in Mathematics

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       After working for more than 25 years in the publishing industry, the company I worked 
for downsized and I accepted an attractive buyout package. Now I’d like to start my own 
business. What do I do first?
 

 

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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.
       Have a question you’d like answered in this column? E-mail it to info@score-manchester.org, with “Ask SCORE” in the subject line.    

John Short

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Adel, IA

Chapter: Des Moines SCORE

Languages:English

How I can help you

Controller for a local coop for 6 years.

Worked with a variety of companies through my accounting firm which I owned and ran for over 25 years.

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Industry Experience

Education

I have a degree in accounting from Drake University.

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