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            I recently purchased a children’s daycare center. The previous owner did not treat the staff well, and my top priority is to correct that situation. How do you suggest I accomplish that?

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.

Matthew Chabe

Matthew Chabe

Current City: Bangor, ME
Chapter: Bangor SCORE
Bangor-area native Matt Chabe is an integrated marketing specialist with expertise in strategy, targeting, communication, and design. He is a graduate of the Department of Defense's accredited journalism school with honors, and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Maine with a BA in Business Marketing. 
 
He began his career in 2000 as a public relations specialist in the U.S. Navy. He spent three years in San Diego onboard the Navy command ship USS Coronado, where he won multiple Navy-wide awards as editor of the ship's daily newspaper. 
 
In 2004, he became the Public Relations Officer at USS Constitution in Boston, the Navy's 210-year-old sailing ship. His PR efforts and television appearances during this time were instrumental in increasing the ship's visitation by 33%.
 
Following his honorable discharge, he returned to Bangor to direct a full service marketing agency for two years. Following this, he was the communications specialist for Emera Maine (formerly Bangor Hydro), Maine's second largest energy utility. In 2013, he shifted his focus full-time on Chapter Two Marketing & Public Relations.
 
Chabe is an active SCORE Mentor, and is a member of the Maine Public Relations Council (MPRC).

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Education

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&lt;p&gt; Defense Information School, Fort Meade, Maryland: Journalism, 2000&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt; Coastline Community College, Fountain Valley, Calif.: AA in Communications, 2007&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt; University of Maine, Orono, Maine: BA in Business Marketing, 2013 &lt;em&gt;(magna cum laude)&lt;/em&gt;&lt;/p&gt;</p>

 Ask SCORE

       I own a software development company. While I wouldn’t consider myself disorganized,
at the end of most days I can’t help feeling I haven’t accomplished what I set out to do that day.
What can I do to better manage my time?

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.

       I’ve been approached by a lead generation service. Do they really work, and if not, what other means of generating leads can you suggest?

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.

       Have a question you’d like answered in this column? E-mail it to info@score-manchester.org, with “Ask SCORE” in the subject line.

       I started my refrigeration repair business six months ago and am now at the point of 
needing to interview candidates for my first employee. I’ve never done this before. What tips can 
you offer?

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.
       Have a question you’d like answered in this column? E-mail it to info@score-manchester.org, with “Ask SCORE” in the subject line.

Nicholas Buffone

Nicholas Buffone

Current City: Phila., PA

 

 

3465 W. Queen Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19129 * 215-620-6695 * njbuffone@yahoo.com  

www.linkedin.com/in/nickbuffone

 

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SUMMARY 

Multi-faceted Problem Solver with initiative who has supported numerous businesses as a Communications Professional with Video and Photography, technically and mechanically competent due to a life time of work

and personal experiences, also attentive, organized and interested in getting the job done.

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

NJB Carpentry LLC

Custom Cabinet Builder, Home Improvements, Restorations, Flooring, Fencing 2008-Present

 

NJB Communications 1979 - 2008

Seasoned professional who provided technical and creative video / film production services to a 

diverse client base as a Producer / Director of Photography / Production Manager.

Corporate, Educational, Broadcast

    

    Managed video and film crews as well as production resources.

     Managed budgets from two to one hundred thousand dollars.

    Negotiated with equipment vendors, production companies, freelance personnel.

Performed in-depth camera check-out procedures for motion picture camera systems.

Photographer, Film & Digital. Portfolio available

 

LIGHTING RENTAL BUSINESS - OWNER 1995 - 2009 

Rent, Maintain, Operate Specialized Photographic / Television Lighting Equipment

Variable Income year to year, 5% - 30% of Non-Rental Income

 

Sears Automotive - Mechanic, Service Writer 1973 - 1980

 

CORE CAPABILITIES

Prepared, Organized, Technically competent.

  1. Mechanic, Trainee in Automotive Machine Shop / Auto Parts Store - High School
  2. Machine Repair Tech, Machine Adjuster - first job after High School

3) Set-up Lighting Seminars, Lighting Demos with colleagues for other area professionals & students.

 

EDUCATION / PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Orleans Technical Institute, Carpentry 2008

Cittone Computer School, A+ Certified, MCSE Courses 2003

B.A. Communications, Temple University 1979

 

Accomplishment Story 

When asked to build cabinets for a restaurant I jumped at the chance. 

After doing some research, pricing, etc., I presented my client with a budget 

and was given a green light. Time was not a problem, the cabinets were finished, 

installed and the clients and staff are very happy. Spring /Summer 2013

 

Professional Organizations 

Media Communications Assoc., International, Philadelphia Chapter (former member)

Organize meetings, work with leadership on meeting topics

 

 

References and Client list available upon request.

 

 

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Education

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Temple University, BA, 1979</p>

Ask SCORE
 
       I’m currently in the planning stage for a new retail bakery. I’m going to need some funding for equipment, but my personal credit history is a bit spotty. How much is that going to hurt me, and how can I combat it?

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.
       Have a question you’d like answered in this column? E-mail it to info@score-manchester.org, with “Ask SCORE” in the subject line.

Harnew and Edgebrook Publishing LLC Receives Liability Advice From SCORE

Steven R. Culver had been a student of military history. He wanted to explore his passion with a creative business idea that ranged from games to a series of novels. The logistics and marketing issues of game making looked to be formidable. Steven then explored his desire to write. The result was not just one adventure novel, but the start of a series set in the 1700's during the Thirty Years War.

Read Steven R. Culver's First Novel: Howell Davidson Amongst The Musketeers

Owner/Founder
Steven R. Culver
My Location
Chicago IL 60061
United States
Employees
1
Year Company Formed
2012
My Successes

Steven R. Culver published his first novel, "Howell Davidson Amongst the Musketeers", in December of 2012 on Smash Words. Soon the novel became available on Amazon in paperback form. The reviews have been very positive with one reader saying, "This is a great read. The writing style is easy to read, yet you learn a little about the 30 years' war, and you start to like the characters and look forward to the next adventures. If you like historical novels, you will definitely enjoy this book". The novel currently has a 5/5 rating on the Smash Words website.

What's Great About My Mentor?

When asked about SCORE and his mentors, Steven  R. Culver says, "I quickly found that I could learn how to construct a solid plot line, but I was completely at sea when I tried to imagine how I might turn my writing into the foundation of an actual business. Fortunately, I found SCORE and their team of knowledgeable mentors. I got suggestions about how to avoid legal problems, advice on how to form an LLC, and invaluable insights into how my writing endeavor looked from a business perspective. Most importantly, I gained the confidence that what I was doing really could be a business if I only put in the effort"

How SCORE Helped

Steven Culver had always heard of SCORE. It was a name that popped into his head when he finally decided to go into business and self-publish his novel. He approached SCORE with concerns about liability issues that may arise from writing a history based novel including using the names and likenesses of authentic historical characters that add realism to his work.

After these concerns were put to rest Norm Letofsky, Mr. Culver's SCORE mentor, began to work on alternative publishing methods. Soon the two had found that digital publishing offered the best cost effective way to self-publish without stretching Steven Culver's tight budget. 

Kelly Ficarra

Kelly Ficarra

Current City: Orange, NJ

Kelly Ficarra is the owner of Rhythms & Soul Dance Studio located in Levittown and Forest Hills, NY .  Having danced and taught dancing for manyyears, Kelly decided to turn her passion into a business in 2006 when she opened her Levittown studio.  Her goal was to create a dance studio for adults where the atmosphere welcomed even those with two left feet and the curriculum allowed for drop in visits without signing up for long, multi-week courses.  Realizing that most of the area dance studios were ballroom oriented, Kelly decided to offer classes that she termed as “user friendly”.  Because her expertise was teaching and performing club-style Salsa that was priority on the list and Rhythms & Soul began offering some of the first classes in On2 Salsa in Long Island.  Those classes were quickly followed by Zumba classes, Hip Hop for adults and even a Pole Dance Workout class. 

In early 2008, Rhythms & Soul doubled the size Levittown location to include the store unit next door.  In December of 2009, Kelly expanded her studio to include a second location in Forest Hills, NY.  The unique aspect of this still small business is that it works like a franchise.  Clients are able to redeem their classes at either studio location.  They have the ability to buy and register for classes online as well as manage their own studio accounts.  This innovative way of doing business has proved to be revolutionary and has also been the role model of many new area dance studios.

Rhythms & Soul Dance Studio has been featured on: MTV's "MADE", News 12 Long Island, Cablevision’s “Spotlight on Long Island” and also in Newsday; The Neighbor Newspaper; The Rhythm Express; The Levittown Tribune; The North Shore Herald, Salsa and More Magazine; Forest Hills Ledger and the Queens Courier.  The studio was voted 2009 Best of Long Island in the Long Island Press.  Kelly has twice been a featured in the Long Island Business News.

 

 

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Dogtown Cincinnati

You might wonder what an architect is doing opening a pet daycare business.  For Megan Prather, it was a classic case of identifying a problem and developing a solution that worked for herself and that she knew would work for countless others with busy schedules – a pet daycare that offered flexible hours, extensive interaction and affordable prices.  The journey to launching that idea into a full-fledged business venture took over 2 years and steadfast resolve.  But with the tenacity of a bulldog, Megan Prather made it happen.

www.dogtowncincinnati.com

Owner/Founder
Megan Prather
My Location
Cincinnati OH
United States
Employees
37
Year Company Formed
2011
My Successes

You may have heard that entrepreneurs are dedicated to their ventures but Megan’s commitment goes even beyond the typical.  She spent 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, taking no salary throughout her first year in business.  That hard work has certainly paid off.

For starters, Megan developed a robust website that helped her secure 50 client commitments before even opening the doors to the business.  And business has certainly been booming ever since – Dogtown quadrupled their number of full-time employees and more than doubled their number of part-time employees in just their second year in business.

Megan also took advantage of the services offered by fellow SCORE client, Bad Girl Ventures, attending an intensive 9-week business bootcamp.  Future goals for the business include adding a 24-hour veterinary service.

Dogtown was named SCORE Cincinnati Client of the Month in April 2012 and SCORE Cincinnati Client of the Year in 2012.  In December 2012, Dogtown was chosen as the recipient of Sam’s Club Holiday Cheer, receiving a $1000 gift card and travel expenses to Dallas to attend a high-speed Marketing workshop.

What's Great About My Mentor?

“Working with SCORE and Dennis Murphy my SCORE Mentor has provided a foundation to help my business grow,” said Megan. “He has worked with me since December of 2009 on every aspect of my business from my business plan, to financial planning, to finding a building, to HR issues, marketing, meeting with bankers with me, to negotiating my lease, introduced me to my accountant, etc.

Frank Raeon was a great help in helping me find the right building and location for my business and helping me lease/purchase agreement terms.

Greg Noe was a great help to me with my financials and working out the terms of my Lease Purchase Agreement, and he also introduced to my attorney who has been a great help to me.”

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