Arts and Entertainment

IP Licensing in the Entertainment World and Beyond

Summary
Because the development of Intellectual Property (IP) is commonly one of the most important and valuable assets of a new and emerging businesses, it is important for startups to understand one of the most significant means of monetizing their IP assets  --  licensing.

Entertainment

Wonderstruck Artisan Market and Classes

Stephanie Miller, a Youngstown State University art graduate, always knew she wanted to own her own business. After having a difficult time finding a job in her field, the art graduate took a job as a retail manager, but never stopped creating art. After five years of being a manager, while driving home from work one day, the artist had the idea of creating a business that would function like a craft market. "I always wanted to house my things in a shop, but I couldn't find one," says Stephanie. Stephanie decided to turn her idea into a business.

Owner/Founder
Stephanie Miller
My Location
Canfield OH
United States
My Successes

Wonderstruck Artisan Market and Classes houses over 11 vendors and plans on doubling the number of vendors within the next few months. Wonderstruck offers after school art programs, "Sip & Paint" classes, house parties and various other painting classes and activities.

How SCORE Helped

Stephanie reached out to Youngstown State University's SCORE chapter to help write a business plan, develop ideas for her new business and advertising. "Wonderstruck Artisan Market and Classes greatly credits the Youngstown SCORE team for helping to establish a business plan which was our key in early business planning. This greatly helped us to set up for success," says Stephanie.

Dan Mitrovich

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La Jolla, CA

How I can help you

Most of my career (+25 years) has been in the media business, primarily in a top managerial, head financial or sales role. Over the course of my career, I have managed human resources, IT, finance, general accounting, sales, marketing, customer service, production and other areas. I have proven experience in leading large teams, start-ups, acquisitions, change management, developing policies, etc. I believe strongly in developing and mentoring staff. Additionally, as traditional media business evolved it afforded me the opportunity to become involved with multi-platform sales, including web and mobile. I am well-versed in general accounting and business systems, and have proven strengths in supervision, planning, analytics, business metrics, negotiation, pricing, cost reduction, media buying, government relations, in addition to public speaking skills.

I have always been deeply involved with nonprofit organizations in various capacities that have included officer, director, management, fundraising and event organization since college. Probably most significant was my tenure as a board member with the Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs of East County, where I was on their marketing committee. Until moving recently, I held an elected position with the County of San Diego (3 terms, Planning), and was the former president of a community organization, GMIA.  Additionally, I have experience both from a financial and logistics side with events.  These included San Diego's Big Bay Boom (not 2012’s or 2013’s) and six Pacific Islander cultural/sports events (I am their media and PR director).

Areas of expertise

Industry Experience

Education

<p> San Diego State&nbsp;University, &nbsp;<span><font color="#000000" face="Arial" size="2">Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Minor in Finance</font></span></p>

Communication methods

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Dr. Thomas B Whalen

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North Adams, MA

Languages:English

How I can help you

Areas of expertise

Industry Experience

Education

n/a

Communication methods

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Chris Smeltzer

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Reno, NV

Languages:English

How I can help you

Financial Advisor, Morgan Stanley 2009-2011

Financial Advisor, Waddell and Reed 2011-2014

Financial Advisor, Ameriprise 2014-Present

Areas of expertise

Industry Experience

Education

I have multiple degrees in Music Performance and Musicology.

Communication methods

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Ask SCORE

          All the recent news stories about large companies having their data breached makes me wonder: What can a small business do to protect information stored in the cloud? 

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. 

Rohan Patrick

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Monticello, NY

Languages:English, Russian

How I can help you

  • Design and develop interactive communications and delivery systems, processes and user interface design as well as industry best practices.
  • Produce print and digital layouts, graphic fundamentals, typography and Web Design; understand Flash and Java script. Ability to storyboard or translate ideas to designers as well as develop innovative graphics solutions.
  • Design, copy-writing, brand development, interactive commerce and creative production process.
  • Work using design software such as Photoshop, Illustrator, In Design, Flash and JavaScript, Adobe After Effects and video editing
  • Work with current web technologies, such as HTML, DHTML, CSS, and Action Script and management of web properties with a Content Management System.
  • Make evaluative judgments and offer creative alternatives with strategic, design-based explanation.
  • Manage, direct, and develop creative and diverse staff.

Areas of expertise

Industry Experience

Education

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MFA - University of Hartford</p>

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