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
Retired Business Owner and Small Business Consultant - Over 35 years of experience in the small business arena in the areas of finance, accounting, marketing, public relations and event planning. Alumni of Rockhurst University and involved with volunteer work there. Plus member of Nonprofit Connect and SCORE-Kansas City Chapter. Also, consult with many local nonprofits for the last three years on a pro-bono basis.
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a double major in Accounting and Management from Rockhurst University in 1983. Recipient of the Wall Street Journal Award for the highest gpa in graduating class.
Dynamic executive adept in financial management and strategic planning. Broad experience in domestic and international treasury operations and public and private capital raising. Proven ability to successfully manage interest rate and currency positions to minimize income statement and balance sheet exposure. Experienced in credit challenged and turnaround situations. Exceptional financial and business acumen in diverse industries such as Corporate Banking, Office Equipment and Commercial Real Estate Securities. Areas of expertise: • Complex Financial Structures • Contract Negotiations • Bank Relationship Management • Derivatives • International Finance • Acquisition Analysis • Team Leadership • Foreign Exchange • Process Improvements
Over 20 years of experience in administration, sales, writing, marketing and advertising. She is from Kosovo but moved to the Outer Banks, NC in 2004. Prior to moving to US she owned a cosmetic shop and later a boutique with focus on jeans. She worked for United Nations as a translator and a domestic violence advocate. Founded a women's organization Women's Life and published a monthly magazine promoting women's rights and issues.She also worked for a French Humanitarian Organization, Premiere Urgence as a manager for a humanitarian clinic.She hosted a radio talk show about women's rights and health issues.
When she moved to the Outer Banks, she worked as an admin/marketing person for a real estate company. In the mean time, she wrote and published a crime novel in her native language. She had to learn how to promote the book online since she was away from her readers-target audience. She discovered her love for online marketing and learned all she could to promote her book and started working as freelance writer and website designer.
She worked as freelancer for nine years and in 2013 founded Mitro Digital Marketing LLC based in her hometown Mitrovica, Kosovo and Kill Devil Hills, NC.
Bachelor Degree - Nursing from Xheladin Deda Nursing School , Mitrovica, Kosovo </p>
Computer Programing - Associate Degree from University of Prishtina, Kosovo </p>
Journalism - Associate Degree from University of Prishtina, Kosovo </p>
Attended many continues education courses from COA and other online classes. </p>
Alan Millner is an electrical engineer, with experience in power electronics, solar energy systems, electric vehicles, and medical devices. His business experience includes small business startup and sale, product development, and product strategy. He earned his BSEE, MSEE, and PhD from MIT. After working at MIT Lincoln Laboratory on spacecraft and solar energy systems, he co-founded a solar system company in 1979. After sale of the company, he left it in 1985 to serve as an engineering manager in a series of small and medium sized businesses, which included both industrial power electronics and medical devices. In 2009 he returned to MIT Lincoln Lab where he now works part time as energy systems technical staff.
BSEE, MSEE, and PhS in Electrical Engineering from MIT.</p>
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.
BS in Chemistry from Rochester Institute of Technology</p>
Provided business management coaching to companies’ senior management and owners.
Assisted owners in representation, presentation and negotiation of selling process when their decision is to sell their companies.
Consultant to Qivliq, LLC; a holding company wholly-owned by NANA Development Corporation other NANA companies.
Chief Executive Officer and principle of TKC Communications LLC. Established the company with two other principles in July 2000. The company grew from start-up to $50 million revenue in fiscal year 2003.
Provided management and business consulting for client companies and individuals in Alaska.
As General Manager of Kanas Telecom, directed all activities of corporation. History with the corporation included role as facilitator for the formation of the corporation in April 1996 and then transcending from part-time consultant role to full time employment as the General Manager.
As Airport Director, senior manager for all activities at Anchorage International Airport. Accountability included the marketing, financial results, operations, environmental, engineering, planning, police, fire fighting and administration of the 4500 acre complex of the commercial and general aviation facilities.
Directed the entire complement of transportation support provided by the State of Alaska for the Central Region.
Established and functioned as Chief Executive Officer for a progressive multi-million dollar computer contract services corporation. Started corporation from an idea and grew it to $10 million per year company that employed over one hundred professional staff members.
Vice President of a multi-million dollar per year communications equipment distributor and Services Company.
Managed and directed total compliment of computer services for Alyeska Pipeline, the largest construction project ever completed by private industry.
Held progressively more responsible management positions within Sohio. Positions were in project management, computer operations, computer process control and operations research. These positions provided management direction to accomplish support for more than ten different departments within the corporation.
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.
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.
Problem: Architectural and interior design firms have on-going needs for people who can provide reliable working plans for their projects, but the ancillary costs of vacation time, health care, liability insurance and other overhead costs often make the hiring of full-time employees cost-prohibitive.
Challenge: To find a way to get project plans drawn up in a timely and cost-effective way.
Solution: To provide plan and document services to architectural and interior design firms as an independent contractor, which eliminates the costs associated with hiring full-time employees.
Projects: Christian’s current workload is primarily with senior development communities, specializing in the design of common areas, kitchens and dining facilities.
The Future: Mr. Bauerecker’s longer-range goals include expanding his services to a wider variety of architectural and interior design firms. At some point in the near future, Christian hopes to use his past experience to move into actual construction management of the projects on which he has worked. With his growing business, he feels that he will soon need to take on a contract vendor or a full-time employee.
What's Great About My Mentor?
“Wally Freier is a valued mentor because of his in-depth knowledge in marketing and sales.” - Christian Bauerecker, Owner.
How SCORE Helped
In the days after separating from his employer, Christian spoke with a counselor at a Dislocated Workers Program in St. Paul. Through this contact, Christian became even more convinced that he had made the right decision…the one that best suited his background and goals in life. During those discussions, his counselor mentioned SCORE. Christian did some investigating and learned about the seminars that St. Paul SCORE provides to people who want to start a business. He enrolled. After attending several of the seminars, he decided that individual mentoring would be to his benefit so he filled out the application for free mentoring. Wally Freier, a volunteer in the St. Paul Chapter, was assigned as his mentor.