Construction, Industrials and Utilities

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. 

Workshop Poster 1st. qtr. 2015

Considerations When Using Independent Contractors slides presented by Katie Marble at SCORE's November 2014 meeting.

About the Author

Katie Kiernan Marble

Marble Law Firm, PLLC

80 Palomino Lane

Suite 201

Bedford, NH  03110

Ask SCORE

          My brother-in-law has approached me about going into business with him in a home cleaning franchise. I’ve always heard one should never go into business with relatives. Is that true? 

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. 

John Miller

John Miller

Current City: Scottsdale, AZ

Expert in developing new business plans, expanding & improving existing businesses, and contracting-delivering many different business and consumer market goods & services.  During my career I developed the skills and reputation for analyzing and improving different businesses’ performances, including reliably delivering quality goods & services to markets-customers, and increasing short- and longer term business financial performance.

Began my business career in Home Repair/Construction, followed by being an Auto Shop Owner-operator prior to and during college.  After graduation I worked for 35 years in the Petroleum Oil Industry including Refining, Logistics & Distribution, Business Development & major asset acquisitions, and Commercial for Independent and Major Oil Companies.  My work experience and expertise included developing, managing and continuously improving the operating and financial performances of small-to-large Refining facilities, associated Logistics-Supply Chains, and Commercial operations.  I held many management positions including: VP of Refining, Refinery Manager (of 3 individual Refineries), Engineering Manager, and Manager for many other Operating Services Departments.  Engineering-technical experience included analyzing manufacturing-production facilities’ performances, and innovating, designing & constructing improvement-expansion projects; including upgrading staff/labor operating practices.  In addition I improved-optimized many Facilities’ production, minimized expenses/costs, and increased overall Facility’s revenues and maximize profit margins.  Each Refinery I Managed was operated as an independent business unit.  Management responsibilities included: Operations, Maintenance, Administration, Regulatory compliance (safety & environmental), Inventory management, Transportation (truck, rail & marine), Logistics (supply chains/inventory management), Utilities (power, fuels & water), and many other on-site support groups (Control Labs, Training, Fire/Security, Safety/Environmental, Warehousing, Public Relations, and Maintenance shops & offices/buildings).

Retired from Corporate life and became a Clean Energy Professional Analyst and Consultant.  In recent years, began Consulting with different small IT business startups and most recently joined the SCORE team and became a Certified Mentor to support Small Businesses and developing/new Entrepreneurs.

Resume

Education

B.S. degrees in Chemical Engineering and Chemistry from UC Davis, CA, and a MBA from Saint Marys/UC Berkley, CA; Certified Professional Engineer in CA

SPDP & Solutions, LLC

Problem: Residential and commercial washing machine installations are subject to water damage problems, which can be very expensive for the architect, contractor and property owner.

Challenge: Knowing that such costly problems often occur, it is important to be proactive in the design and construction stages to alleviate the potential inconvenience, mess and expense that could result from washing machine overflow.

Solution: Offer a simple, easy-to-install product that can virtually eliminate the cost of clean-up and corresponding property damage resulting from washing machine faulty hook-ups, disconnects and overflows. 

Owner/Founder
Lisa Granse Weglewski
My Location
3394 Windmill Curve
Woodbury MN 55129
United States
My Successes

Projects: SPDP’s main business is with large residential/commercial projects on which multiple washing machines are installed. 

The Future:  Even though competition has increased substantially in the past four years, SPDP & Solutions has experienced a 400% increase in sales during that period and will be introducing several complementary product innovations in the near future. 

What's Great About My Mentor?

“Greg’s help with getting productive reps was important at a very critical time and his background in working with architects and contractors was instrumental in helping me build the business.” - Lisa Granse Weglewski, Owner

How SCORE Helped

Even though Lisa knew what the moisture mitigation business was all about, she felt a need to learn more about working with key industry people. She learned of SCORE through a friend and requested free mentoring. With a background in distribution and working with industrial reps, Greg Ochs was assigned as Lisa’s mentor. He helped Lisa build a more effective, more knowledgeable rep network for the company’s products. He also helped open doors with the people who write the specifications within engineering and architectural firms.    

See the PDF file for this Success Story.

Robert I Scales Jr.

Robert I Scales Jr.

Current City: Chicago, IL
Chapter: Chicago SCORE

I have amassed over 40 years of professional business experience in providing sales consulting, sales and management training solutions to increase the sales effectiveness and the business results of my clients. Through continued support and ongoing reinforcement sessions, I help sales professionals and executives to fulfill personal and organizational goals. I help companies and sales teams, who are frustrated with their overall sales performance; with their ability to build sustained relationships, in qualifying or in the disqualifying of prospects quicker, in closing sales faster and in obtaining quality referrals.

Resume

Education

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Bachelor of Science in Marketing Central State University, Wilberforce, Ohio</p>

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Certified Professional Behavioral &amp; Values Analyst with Target Training International, Scottsdale, AZ</p>

Michael Farmer

Michael Farmer

Current City: Aiken, SC

Technology and Web based services (cable television, phone and internet). Non-profit organizations. Strongest skill areas: Marketing; Financial Modeling; Business Process and Operations.

Resume

Education

                . Bachelor of Science: Business Administration - Indiana State University

                . Masters in Business Administration - Indiana University

                . University of Chicago Executive Development Program

 

Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein

Current City: Doylestown, PA

Resume

Prentis Hall

Prentis Hall

Current City: Lansdale, PA

32+ years in corporate America

  • Marketing
  • Market research
  • Market communciations
  • Sales
  • Business development
  • Business management

Small business owner

  • Started 5 small businesses in total
  • Currently operating a small business

 

Resume

Education

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MBA - Marketing &amp; Statistics</p>

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Engineering undergrad</p>

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Additional training in market research, new product development, competitor intelligence</p>

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