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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

Unavailable

Richland, WA

Languages:English

How I can help you

Founder and CEO, &yet, LLC

Areas of expertise

Industry Experience

Education

<p>
WSU — BA Communication / History</p>

Communication methods

Have you found success with mentoring from Adam Brault? Share your story.

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

Unavailable

Kitty Hawk, NC

Languages:English

How I can help you

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. 

 

Areas of expertise

Industry Experience

Education

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

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

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

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

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Communication methods

Have you found success with mentoring from Teuta Towler? Share your story.

Start Up Art Gallery Owner Helped By SCORE

Owner/Founder
Amy Morton
My Location
1781 Florida Ave. NW (at 18th & U streets)
Washington DC 20009
United States
How SCORE Helped

Start Up Art Gallery Avoided Pitfalls with Help of SCORE Mentor’s Advice

When Amy Morton was in the process of starting a new art gallery in Washington, DC, she worked with Miriam Cutler, a Washington, DC Chapter SCORE mentor, to help her develop her business plan and guide her through a maze of critical decisions. Her original plan was based on securing financing from investors and purchasing an existing building for her new gallery space to host artists’ shows. Amy and her SCORE mentor crunched the numbers in her financial projects and investigated the valuation of the real estate she was considering to conclude if purchase or lease was the most viable option for the property. SCORE also provided a consultation with a commercial real estate professional to weigh in on the prospect of purchase or lease. With the weakening economy, Amy lost the majority of her initial financing as investors were hesitant to take on risk in a down economy. This created a major shift in gears with her gallery start up plan. Amy approached her SCORE advisor with a more cost-effective alternative with a “pop-up” venue as an efficient way to meet her need for exhibition space. Miriam again investigated the numbers, the pros and cons of a short term lease, and signed off on it being viable. This “mobile gallery” concept led to a whole new line of business for Amy as she began to curate art shows around the city and also provided her with the data she needed to simultaneously take a brick and mortar gallery space in DC.

Pop-up projects curated by Morton Fine Art (MFA), are biannual, mobile art galleries that occupy vacant locations throughout the Washington, DC area. Each temporary project explores a different curatorial theme and introduces a new group of national and international museum quality artists. MFA has developed a following among local and national art buyers that appreciate artwork that often features a socially conscious component. While a pop-up project's location changes with each exhibition, MFA maintains an inventory of artworks from *a pop-up project at Morton Fine Art's permanent curators studio at 1781 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009.

Amy credits Miriam with a dose of reality with candid assessments of her business and financing plan while always providing encouragement and positive feedback. Her mentor’s review of the gallery venture’s opportunities and risks were instrumental in getting the business off the ground.

Contacts:
Amy Morton
Morton Fine Arts (MFA)
O: 202/628-2787
www.mortonfineart.com
mortonfineart@gmail.com

 

Miriam Cutler, SCORE Volunteer Mentor
Miriam.Cutler@scorevolunteer.org
O: 703/451-5125

Paul Dupuis

Paul J Dupuis

Unavailable

Veazie, ME

Chapter: Bangor SCORE

Languages:English

How I can help you

I am an account executive with Time Warner Cable Media.  I sell television and digital advertising to Maine businesses.  I work mostly with small and medium sizes businesses.  My goal is to help them create effective advertising campaigns that work!

Areas of expertise

Industry Experience

Education

<p> Beal College, AS&nbsp;Degree, 1991</p> <p> New England School of Broadcasting, Certificate,1990</p> <p> Sanford High School, Diploma, 1989</p>

Communication methods

Have you found success with mentoring from Paul J Dupuis? Share your story.

Ask SCORE

          I’m confused about the rules for paying employees overtime. Can you explain them to me? 

         Should you be paying overtime to your employees? The answer is: it depends.

          Under the U.S. Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), employers are required to pay overtime to most hourly employees who work more than 40 hours a week for businesses that take in more than $500,000 a year in revenue.

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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