Construction, Industrials and Utilities

Are you simply sick looking back at the wreckage left in the wake of the housing bubble’s burst or are you determined to look forward toward accelerating your construction business? We offer you the tools and tricks to save time and money while actually growing your construction business in 2015.

Construction workers (and building owners!) use social networks too

You may enjoy that the construction business lets you spend your day outside in jeans rather than stuck in a suit behind a desk, but the majority of your potential customers, whether new homeowners or those expanding their industrial properties, fall into the latter group. And they use LinkedIn as a way to find new service providers, so you need to make sure your LinkedIn Profile and LinkedIn Business Profile are up to the challenge!

About the Author

Jennifer Riggins, headshotJennifer Riggins is a Jersey Girl in Barcelona, using her passion for writing and marketing to help small businesses define their vision and brand. This eBranding Ninja has a special love for Spanish start-ups, SaaS, and any innovation that helps you grow your business.​

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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

Darwin Hopwood

Darwin Hopwood

Current City: Las Vegas, NV
Chapter: SCORE Las Vegas

I have extensive experience in financial management including investments, banking, bank regulation, and running my own construction company.

Resume

Education

<p> UNLV Executive MBA Program</p>

Anthony Carlisi

Anthony Carlisi

Current City: Bloomfield, NY

After completion of a BS in Chemistry degree I was engaged for four years in product development of high strength glass ceramic products.  The following fourteen years of my career were in Operations Management (operations, quality, finance and engineering) in a high volume manufacturing environment.  I have been a consultant and trainer to over 200 organizations in a wide variety of industries since 1982, the last twenty five years of which were as Founder and President of my own firm of ten professionals.  Our clients were typically medium to small organizations although we also worked with Fortune 500 companies.

Resume

Education

<p>
BS in Chemistry from Rochester Institute of Technology</p>

Boris Krepak

Boris Krepak

Current City: Stamford, CT

I like mentoring clients who want to startup a new venture or grow and expand their current business. Being exposed for many years to managing and running the various engineering projects, gave me an opportunity to grasp the details of how to perform the daily work tasks properly and bring the projects to successful completion.

I am happy to help clients in the long and short-term planning and managing their business, as well as resolving, if applicable, some challenges related to mechanical/electrical engineering and construction aspects of the business ventures.

Based on my experience of running the small engineering firm for 10 years, I am also happy to share the intricacies of marketing techniques that had proved to be successful in the small business environment.       

Resume

Education

I have graduated with a master degree in electrical engineering from Novosibirsk Electrotechnical Institute, Russia.

I am a licensed Professional Engineer in State of Connecticut and LEED Accredited Professional.

I had completed required continued education courses in engineering, project management and business administration.  

Richard S. Smith

Richard S. Smith

Current City: Weaverville, NC
Chapter: Asheville SCORE

1. Manufacturing & service industry "hands on" business and financial guy

2. Seasoned pro who can convey complex concepts in simple terms as a businessman, not just as a "bean counter"

3. 13 years experience with large firms (Swift/ConAgra, Nabisco, Kraft, BASF) and 25 years with small companies, many as a part owner/operator & consultant struggling to make payroll

4. CFO

5. Full Quick Books, strategic planning, g/l, standard & job costing, tax, banking, private equity fund raising ($2M+ for 1 client), projections, M & A, financial analysis, business valuations, cash flow management

6. Served on several boards

7. Taught Corporate Finance (UNCW) and Strategy & Planning (Campbell University)

Resume

Education

BA in Economics (Johns Hopkins)

MBA in Finance (University of Chicago)

Certified Management Accountant (CMA)

 

William Joseph Berry

William Joseph Berry

Current City: Sylvania, OH

A results-oriented and enterprising General Manager and Corporate Executive, with extensive domestic and international experience.  Main specialty is in sales and marketing, corporate operations, strategic planning, profit and loss management, territory management, OEM relationships, global business interactions, corporate governance, and J-SOX compliance.  Leverages sound financial judgment and changing marketplace needs to develop strong business plans and drive continuous change across Total Organization.  Builds and develops teams that tackle and achieve business objectives to meet the expectations of all stakeholders.

Resume

Education

<p>
University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland, <strong><em>B.A., Marketing and Finance,</em></strong> 1980 (graduated with honors)</p>

<p>
<em>Associate, Institute of Financial Accountants</em>, 1991</p>

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

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