Arts and Entertainment

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          I’m in the process of establishing a graphic design/web development business. 
Should I form a corporation? 

 

CHOOSING YOUR BUSINESS ENTITY
By Attorney Ruth-Ellen Post


The four most common forms of business structure are:

  • LLC (Limited Liability Company)
  • CORPORATION (Conventional and Subchapter S)
  • PROPRIETORSHIP
  • PARTNERSHIP

The following outlines provide very general information on some of the main
similarities and differences among these business structures in six key areas:

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. 

 

Nora Adler

Nora Adler

Current City: Miami, FL
Chapter: Miami Dade

 

SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS

1991-Present  State Manager, Wine Buyer, Store/Bar Manager, On/Off Premise Sales Representative, Product Educator, Staff Trainer, Wine Seminars, Writer of Wine Reviews and Food Pairings, Radio Co-Host/Owner of the Entertaining Business Show on 880AM, Event Coordinator-Sales-Curator for the House of Art in Wynwood

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Education

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EDUCATION</p>

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2005 Atlantic Technical/ Cosmetology Program (Licensed Cosmetologist, Permanent Make-Up Artist)</p>

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Broward, Fl</p>

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2000 Johnson and Wales US Sommelier Association Wine School,</p>

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Miami, Fl</p>

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1977-1980 Brooklyn College/New School of Liberal Arts</p>

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Brooklyn, N.Y.</p>

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1973-1977 Lafayette High School</p>

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Brooklyn, N.Y.</p>

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LANGUAGES/OTHER</p>

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Fluent Spanish / Spoken -Written</p>

Anahi Costa

Anahi Costa

Current City: Stowe, VT
Chapter: Montpelier SCORE

Online marketing consultant

Artseenvt.com

Stowe, VT

UX designer, Content Producer, SEO, SEM, PPC, Social Media advertising.

Online-Marketing solutions: interface design, social media presence, multi-channel marketing, automation & retargeting.
SEO, SEM: SERP optimisation, analytics and insights, keyword study, competitor analysis.
PPC: AdWords automation & retargeting. Facebook advertising: sponsored stories, ads. 
Ad retargeting platforms.
Content creation. 
CMS, HTML 
Social media integration: E-newsletters, web, multi-channel marketing. 
Analytics and trends: google analytics, quantcast.

Portfolio:
Online-Marketing Consultant
Email marketing and social media integration
Social media mentoring
Social media marketing
CMO
Artseenvt.com
Audrey Bernstein’s CD release 2013

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Education

Marlboro College Graduate School

Certificate in Non Profit Management, Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management


 

Tourismusschule Klessheim

M.A. Tourism Marketing & Travel Agencies Management, Marketing et Administration


 

Gilded Pear Gallery Finds Success with SCORE

Working for local art and framing galleries in Cedar Rapids for many years, Suzy Mc-Grane Hop decided to take the leap and start her own art business. Finding inspiration from within, Suzy named her business, Gilder Pear Gallery after her own art work. This artist who holds certifications from The International Society of Appraisers and Certified Appraiser of Personal Property shows how learning new things can create a masterpiece.

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Owner/Founder
Suzy McGrane-Hop
My Location
Cedar Rapids IA
United States
Year Company Formed
2011
How SCORE Helped

In 2011, Suzy attended a local SCORE workshop entitled "How to Start Your Own Business." Soon after, Gilded Pear Gallery was up and running.  Within the first year, Gilded Pear's business doubled then tripled the following year. Susan's gallery hosts events for artists and she provides art consultations and appraisals. As the gallery continues to grow, Suzy plans to hire more staff soon.

William W Speakman

William W Speakman

Current City: Boalsburg, PA
Chapter: Central PA SCORE

Retired, Currently own and operate a Bed and Breakfast and Chocolate Shop

  • 4 Years, Department Store Buyer
  • 7 Years, Pharmaceutical Sales and Sales Management
  • ​2 Years, Restaurant Managing Partner
  • ​9 Years, Advertising and Marketing Agency VP
  • 7 Years, Penn State Development Director, Interim CEO for Public Broadcasring
  • 14 Years, Non Profit Development, Management, Governance

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Education

Slippery Rock State College

The Pennsylvania State University

The New School, NY, NY

CFRE Designation by NSFRE

 

Derrick D King

Derrick D King

Current City: Richmond, TX
Chapter: SCORE Houston

I have practiced law, in various practice settings since first becoming licensed in 2002 (Texas) and 2003 (Missouri), respectively. In that time, I have handled a variety of legal matters, and have served as general counsel for a number of companies.

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Education

I am a former educator. As such, I consider myself a teaching attorney for my clients.

Keith Holzman

Keith Holzman

Current City: Los Angeles, CA

Keith Holzman has more than forty years of experience as a major executive in the recording industry. He was a Senior Vice President at Elektra Records while also Director of Nonesuch Records, Managing Director and Executive V.P. at Discovery Records, and President of ROM Records.

For the last decade and a half he has been a management consultant to many independent record labels, advising them on a variety of business and administrative matters.

Keith specializes in assisting start-up labels to get established, and is the author of “The Complete Guide to Starting a Record Company.” He has also taught “The Independent Record Label” course at UCLA Extension. From time to time he has acted as an expert witness in matters pertaining to the record industry.

Mr. Holzman also has wide experience in the theatre and film industries.

A native New Yorker, he has lived with his family in Los Angeles for forty years.

To make an appointment with Mr. Holzman, please send him an e-mail using the form under his name on the scorela.org website.

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Education

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BA, Oberlin College&lt;/p&gt;

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Vera's Art

Starting at a very young age, Vera Smith loved using art as a way to express herself. Having an education in art along with a passion for painting, Smith began giving her paintings away to her friends as presents. In 2003, Smith decided to turn her passion into a business.

My Location
San Antonio TX
United States
Employees
1
Year Company Formed
2003
My Successes

Smith attributes the help of her mentor Gordon Sanford and attending SCORE workshops as two of the reasons why she was able to have successful commissions in 2013. SCORE workshops provided the artist with useful business tips and tools that allowed her to manage and improve different aspects of her business.
 

How SCORE Helped

With no background in business or sales, Smith knew she would need some guidance. The artist says it can be tough running a small business alone, "It can be very lonely and scary having a small business by yourself." When Smith met her mentor Gordon Sanford, she knew her business needed help. "At the time of my first meeting with Mr. Sanford, I knew I really needed help. I use to avoid the disagreeable financial news of verasart.com."

The help and advice the artist received from her mentor was invaluable. "I learned to face my business wish honesty, seeing the strengths, and weaknesses. I learned how to plan, evaluate, and come up with strategies for the future."

Art and Elixir

Owner/Founder
Terri Roberts and Tara Connolly
My Location
876 7th Street West, #107
St. Paul, MN 55102
United States
Revenue
$97,000
Year Company Formed
2012
My Successes

A&E was started from scratch by the co-founders, who met while pursuing  their individual faux finishing (decorative) businesses. They developed their business concept and determined niche markets they wanted to pursue, including local corporations. Next they developed a website, www.artandelixir.com, and have aggressively used online marketing efforts to establish their brand, boost word-of-mouth endorsements, promote online registrations for events and build their business.

How SCORE Helped

"I don't think we'd be where we are without you guys," Terri said. After developing their business concept, they contacted SCORE in May 2013 to help them get the business going. They met regularly every month with their SCORE mentors, who encouraged them to formally establish a partnership agreement, recommend and review marketing campaigns and help them keep on track to meet their goals. They also said the process helped them feel more accountable for what they accomplished, as well as what needed to be done to build their brand, sustain their business and make it grow. Bruce Becker and Doyle Larkin stayed with us until we were successful.

Design Entertainment

“Design Entertainment, this is Ben.”

That is how Co-Owner Ben Remer answered the phone one Thursday afternoon.  Ben was basically running the business, alone, in the showroom/warehouse on Lighthouse Way off Route 25 in Perrysburg.  His phone calls included prospective customers, a present customer with “remote” problems (“get the remote, push this button, then that button, tell me what happens”), and coordinating his partners and employees spread out over the area in their big black vans.  One was reminded of a spider pulling the strands of his web, or a juggler with a dozen balls in the air.

Ben’s way of doing business shows why Design Entertainment has grown enormously in two short years.  It’s about personal and professional service: “We’re all chameleons here – we adapt to the customer.”

The “we” refers to four Co-Owners: Tyler Schifferly, Dean Rossman, Jason Hatzidakis, and Ben - and their employees. All have years of experience and a wall full of diplomas, certificates and credentials; all have a love of helping customers through the intricacies of residential and commercial audio and visual installations.

They do big jobs (see the testimonial on display from Hollywood Casino) and small home applications.  The business has grown because happy customers tell their friends; home installations lead to big commercial jobs (and vice versa).  According to Ben, “It’s not who you know, it’s who knows you!”

Their distinctive vans are all over Metro Toledo, on call 24-hours a day.  “We understand that the day of the big game there may be a problem, and we need to take care of it.”  Design Entertainment’s success is proof that they live up to their promises.

SCORE mentor Basil Apostolou has been with the company from the beginning.  “They were the fastest start-up I’ve ever seen; they opened in three months, not the year I expected!  And they have continued to amaze and astound, with their professionalism and their energy and commitment to their customers.”

What of the future?  Ben Remer thinks their business is about to explode dramatically, as directed security and home automation begin to take off.  But the real reason is service.  Those chameleons at Design Entertainment will do whatever it takes to provide the best and the latest, and keep their customers happy.

Owner/Founder
Remer, Schifferly, Rossman, Hatzidakis
My Location
7015 Lighthouse Way #300
Perrysburg OH 43551
United States
Year Company Formed
2012
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