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            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?

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            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?

 

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         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

Paulette Crawford

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Blue Springs, MO

Languages:English

How I can help you

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.

Areas of expertise

Industry Experience

Education

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.

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Laurens (Larry) Ferdinand Schaad Jr.

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Miami, FL

Chapter: Miami Dade

Languages:English

How I can help you

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

Areas of expertise

Industry Experience

Education

BSBA from University of Florida 1978

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Stan Herman MBA, Chartered Busines Coach

Stan Herman

Available

Grover, MO

Chapter: St. Louis SCORE

Languages:English

How I can help you

 

President/Owner of Stan Herman Inc. a business coaching organization that creates better owner decisions followed by better business results. I help individuals start, grow and succeed in the business they love.

Previously:

VP of Sales and Chief Marketing Officer for AAL a fortune 500 company

Started two businesses 1. Executive business coaching 2. Profit improvement for companies.

A previous TEC / Vistage Chair - international organization for CEOs

Areas of expertise

Industry Experience

Education

<p> BS. Education, University of Missouri/St.Louis</p> <p> MBA Baruch College, City University of New York</p> <p> Chartered Business Coach, World Association of business Coaches, Middelsex University London</p>

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Teuta Towler

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Kitty Hawk, NC

Languages:English

How I can help you

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. 

 

Areas of expertise

Industry Experience

Education

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Bachelor Degree - Nursing from Xheladin Deda Nursing School , Mitrovica, Kosovo&nbsp;</p>

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Computer Programing - Associate Degree from University of Prishtina, Kosovo &nbsp;</p>

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Journalism - Associate Degree from University of Prishtina, Kosovo&nbsp;</p>

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Attended many continues education courses from&nbsp;COA and other online classes.&nbsp;</p>

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Alan Millner

Dr. Alan Roy Millner

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Lexington, MA

Chapter: Boston SCORE

Languages:English, French

How I can help you

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.

Areas of expertise

Industry Experience

Education

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BSEE, MSEE, and PhS in Electrical Engineering from MIT.</p>

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