Arts and Entertainment

Creative Cottage

Owner/Founder
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 merrimackvalley.score.org. For information on Creative Cottage and its range of miniatures, visit creativecottagenh.com 

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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

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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.

Owner/Founder
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

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WSU — BA Communication / History</p>

Ask SCORE

            I recently opened a sports memorabilia shop and now want to add an online component to sell my merchandise via the Internet. I plan to hire someone to design my website, but am looking for advice to provide that person with guidance and direction

           Nearly every small business has a website today…and no wonder. A 2011 Pew Internet study found that nearly half of all searches for local businesses are conducted online (newspapers finished a distant second). And usually, a company’s website is the first place prospective customers go when those search engine results come up.

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

Ask SCORE

            I’ve operated a local convenience store for almost seven years, never taking off more than an occasional weekend or holiday. Every time I plan a vacation, something comes up. How do I break this pattern before I burn out?

Ask SCORE

            I’ve operated a local convenience store for almost seven years, never taking off more than an occasional weekend or holiday. Every time I plan a vacation, something comes up. How do I break this pattern before I burn out?

 

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.

This document walks you thru the steps for starting a for profit business in Southwest Michigan.  It includes URL's for the various websites you will want to visit. While a few of the the items are specific to Berrien County, most of the  information applies to any part of Michigan

Teuta Towler

Teuta Towler

Current City: Kitty Hawk, NC

Over 20 years of experience in administration, sales, writing, marketing and advertising. She is from Kosovo but moved to the Outer Banks, NC in 2004. Prior to moving to US she owned a cosmetic shop and later a boutique with focus on jeans. She worked for United Nations as a translator and a domestic violence advocate. Founded a women's organization Women's Life and published a monthly magazine promoting women's rights and issues.She also worked for a French Humanitarian Organization, Premiere Urgence as a manager for a humanitarian clinic.She hosted a radio talk show about women's rights and health issues. 

When she moved to the Outer Banks, she worked as an admin/marketing person for a real estate company. In the mean time, she wrote and published a crime novel in her native language. She had to learn how to promote the book online since she was away from her readers-target audience. She discovered her love for online marketing and learned all she could to promote her book and started working as freelance writer and website designer. 

She worked as freelancer for nine years and in 2013 founded Mitro Digital Marketing LLC based in her hometown Mitrovica, Kosovo and Kill Devil Hills, NC. 

 

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Education

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Bachelor Degree - Nursing from Xheladin Deda Nursing School , Mitrovica, Kosovo&nbsp;</p>

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Computer Programing - Associate Degree from University of Prishtina, Kosovo &nbsp;</p>

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Journalism - Associate Degree from University of Prishtina, Kosovo&nbsp;</p>

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Attended many continues education courses from&nbsp;COA and other online classes.&nbsp;</p>

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