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Daniel Hayes

Daniel Hayes

Daniel Hayes

Current City: Smithville Flats, NY

I have been planning and directing the operation of companies and organizations in both the private and public sectors since 1983; with a concentration on business and business development. Including but is not limited to: event planning, business coaching, franchise consulting, marketing, board development, program development, long and short term strategic planning, employee supervision, campaign management, public speaking, community collaboration, grant writing, fundraising, and volunteer coordination.




               FranServe, Inc., Alpharetta, GA


2013        GRADUATE / CERTIFICATE Entrepreneurial Boot Camp

               Syracuse University, Whitman School of Management, Syracuse NY



               NYS Parks & Recreation, I Love NY, NY Main Street, and Rural Area Revitalization Projects

               SUNY Cortland, Cortland New York 



               Syracuse University @ Red House, Syracuse NY



               Proposal Writing Boot Camp, Foundation Fundraising Essentials, and Research Master Class

               79 Fifth Avenue/16th Street, New York, NY 


1985         BACHELOR OF ARTS in Literature and Psychology 

                D’ Youville College, Buffalo, New York


1984         ASSOCIATE OF ARTS in Humanities and Social Sciences

                Erie Community College, Williamsville, New York 

                Emphasis in Secondary Education English


                Vice-Presidents Award for Excellence

                President’s Award for Literary Achievement

                Faculty Student Association Award for Outstanding Student


1978 - 80  LIBERAL ARTS MAJOR Emphasis in English

                State University of New York Brockport, Brockport, New York. 

Porteen Gear

Robyn Porteen
How SCORE Helped

My SCORE mentor (Dan Butler) helped me evaluate my business and move it forward.  I worked with SCORE to secure a micro-loan so I could buy new equipment and increase my marketing.  These changes have put me on a new business track. I am excited to see where this takes my business, as I anticipate expanded sales and higher earnings.  Thank you SCORE.

Devine Frames

Kevin Devine
My Location
361 South Main Street
Sebastopol CA 95472
United States
How SCORE Helped

The Sebastopol Chamber of Commerce initially recommended SCORE to Kevin.  His primary interest was to learn how to write a business plan for his framing company: Devine Frames.  He attended the full-day How to Developing a Business Plan workshop. "I loved it," he said.
"I learned a lot about what I should not do. The timeline portion was very helpful, when I looked at my plans, I needed to be more realistic," he said.
Kevin said that he really liked meeting the other attendees at the workshop. "I enjoyed talking to the other people and hearing what they're doing, their opinions and sharing experiences," he said. Kevin added that the class was easy-to-understand, had a very organized presentation, and flowed smoothly.
Kevin also went to the follow-up class to present his business plan to the SCORE instructors.  "I received some very worthwhile constructive criticism that helped me to improve the plan," he said.
"Overall, SCORE was very helpful," he said. "It's a cool thing to get free counseling.  I paid to have a management consultant, it was a couple of thousand dollars and SCORE was much better."


          A friend and I are considering becoming partners in purchasing an existing, somewhat successful hobby shop. I’ve known him a long time, but we’ve never been in business together. What is your opinion of partnerships?  

          The partnership has been the foundation for millions of successful small businesses. Unfortunately, it has also been the source for innumerable disputes, arguments, irreparable relationships and lawsuits, all of which exacted economic and personal costs on the people involved.

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 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.  

Creative Cottage

Michelle Landry
My Location
2 Wasserman Hights
Merrimack NH 03054
United States
My Successes

Creative Cottage - NH Winner of The American Small Business Championship

SCORE, mentors to America’s small businesses, recently announced the winners of The American Small Business Championship, a program supported by Sam’s Club that provides expert training, resources and networking opportunities to small business owners. A total of 102 winners from 47 states were chosen based on written, video and photo entries that detailed the sacrifices each has made to achieve small business success. Winners were determined by online voting and a panel of judges comprised of small business experts.

Creative Cottage in Merrimack won the award for New Hampshire. Thanks to a $700,000 grant from Sam’s Club, Champions will each receive a $1,000 Sam's Club gift card, an all-expense-paid trip to one of five SCORE training events, SCORE mentoring for one year, and promotion throughout the year to showcase each Champion’s story.

Creative Cottage reproduces the world around us in miniature using polymer clay and other natural materials. Founder, Michelle Landry notes, “I've been creating my own miniature worlds as long as I can remember. Growing up, I spent hours in the woods near my rural home in Connecticut looking for gnomes and critters. That wonder and curiosity has stayed with me my whole life and is reflected in my artwork, gardening, photography and attention to detail.”

Landry applied to SCORE in 2014 for mentoring to assist in growing the business. She was matched with mentor Ron Weiss, a member of SCORE’s Merrimack Valley Chapter. According to Landry, “Ron was instrumental in helping me focus on the business side as opposed to the creative side of Creative Cottage. He gave me homework, kept me on track and helped me focus my time on things that needed doing to attain my goals.”

The partnership has reaped results in that Landry has seen month-over-month increases in revenue after their initial sessions. And mentoring continues on a less frequent basis, with Ron checking in periodically and handing out homework assignments when necessary.

For more information about how SCORE can assist small businesses grow and help grow ideas into businesses, go to For information on Creative Cottage and its range of miniatures, visit 

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SCORE, mentors to America’s small businesses, recently announced the winners of The American Small Business Championship, a program supported by Sam’s Club.  

Creative Cottage in Merrimack won the award for New Hampshire.

Creative Cottage - NH Winner of The American Small Business Championship

Workshop Poster 2nd. qtr. 2015

The Event Planner and Pressplae

Can you imagine creating not one, but two successful businesses? Elizabeth Reed did just that. While earning her Master’s degree at Norfolk State University, she worked as an event coordinator for the college radio station. This experience inspired her to create her company The Event Planner.

Elizabeth’s love and pride for her community runs deep, and she wanted to showcase the neighborhood. She created Pressplae, a video blog which highlights local talent, music, events, fashion, arts and news. She describes the vlog as “a show designed to positively exploit the unexploited.” She and her crew visit a local business or event weekly, and Pressplae’s episodes recently debuted on Cox11 in Hampton Roads, VA.

As if growing two businesses wasn’t enough, Elizabeth also manages #LocalLove, a successful pop-up shop. It sells the local brands, art, photography, clothing, and jewelry featured in Pressplae episodes.

To learn more about Pressplae and The Event Planner, please see Elizabeth's Facebook and Twitter pages.

Elizabeth Reed
My Location
Norfolk VA
United States
My Successes

“I believe success is subjective.  Some measure their success according to their monetary value or tangible assets.  Although I desire those things for living and sustainability, I do not base my success on them. I base my success on the amount of people I inspire and assist in achieving their goals. I base my success on the positive notoriety of my brand.  I want people to know that my company brand is one that can be trusted not only for quality servicing but most importantly for our dedication to the betterment of the community.”

How SCORE Helped

Elizabeth says her mentor, Tom Vaughan, offered insightful, objective advice from his years of experience. He helped her prepare a budget, develop a business plan, and implement a marketing strategy.

“[SCORE Mentors] were consistent, patient, honest, knowledgeable, and optimistic.  It was like having my own personal business genie. They assisted me with the creation of my business plan and gave so many helpful recommendations on what organizations I should join and helpful contacts.  At first, I was quite intimidated by the task of drafting a business plan.  But with the help of my mentor Tom Vaughan, as well as a few other helpful SCORE mentors, I conquered that dragon!”

Adam Brault

Adam Brault

Current City: Richland, WA

Founder and CEO, &yet, LLC



WSU — BA Communication / History</p>

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