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          After working in the industry for a number of years, I want to start my own catering business. Conversations with a couple of banks about financing have not been promising, so I’m considering approaching some friends and relatives about borrowing the startup money. Is this a good idea?         

When seeking financing help for a small business, many entrepreneurs turn to friends and family, rather than banks or other lending sources. While this approach may avert the stresses associated with loan applications and presentations before strangers, it carries its own set of risks and potential pitfalls.

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.  

Safe Indy

Owner/Founder
Victoria Rutt
My Location
615 South College Avenue, Suite 4
Indianapolis IN 46203
United States
Year Company Formed
2010

I’m considering purchasing a local, long-established dance studio. I have the training and skills to run it, but have never bought a business before. What advice can you give me? 

          Buying an existing small business can expedite one’s way into entrepreneurship. All the upfront effort has been taken care of, as has much of the learning curve. And with staff and resources already in place, you may think stepping in and taking over is all there is to 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. 

Business Technology - Finances (4 of 4)

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Business Technology - eMarketing

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Business Technology Program - Overview Webinar (1 of 4)

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This narrated PowerPoint video provides an overview of the benefits and features of using current technology to improve your small business.  It is the first in a four-part series originally developed to provide SCORE volunteers with an overview of current technologies in order to better guide their small business clients.  However, the perspective of the narration in these videos has been changed to be appropriate for viewing directly by small business owners and managers.

Dale Simon

Dale Simon

Current City: Iowa City, IA

Associate VP Kirkwood Iowa City Campus - Iowa City, IA

Vice President Academic Affairs Iowa Lakes Community College - Estherville, IA

Dean Grand Rapids Campus Davenport College - Grand Rapids, MI

Dean Department of Business Kirkwood Community College - Cedar Rapids, IA

Accounting Coordinator Kirkwood Community College - Cedar Rapids, IA

Staff Accountant Pederson and Brekke - Devils Lake, ND

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Education

Ph.D. - Leadership and Policy Studies the University of Iowa - Iowa City, IA

Master's Degree in Business the University of Iowa - Iowa City, IA

Bachelor of Science Degree - Minot State University - Minot, ND

Certified Public Accountant - Not Currently Licensed

Enrolled Agent - Currently Licensed to Practice before the Internal Revenue Service 

Robert Rinker

Robert Rinker

Current City: Sherwood, AR

Whether you’re looking to expand your business or start one I can help you. I have 30 years of hands on experience in key areas of small business. I help small business owners find practical and affordable solutions to building and growing their business.

I help business owners:

  *Expand by building brand recognition and customer loyalty

  *Increase profits by getting margins right and reducing waste

  *Boost morale and take a strengths based approach to hiring the right people

  *Implement new processes and technology that radically increase operational efficiency

My Imperative is to shape businesses, societies and communities to help them overcome societal barriers engaging them and bring them together.

I value integrity, honesty, transparency, ethical leadership, social responsibility, purpose, diversity and empowerment.

My skills include strategic vision, idea development, confidence building, team building, change management, marketing, business analytics, risks assessment, budgeting, and cost/price analysis.

My focus is on helping you realize your dreams

  *I will never judge you or your idea

  *I will listen to what you have to say

  *I will offer confidential support

  *I will help you get access to valuable tools and resources

  *I will encourage you

Contact me for free consultation

 

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Education

MBA - Global Enterprise Management, Summa Cum Laude, 2013 Jones International University

BS - Marketing Management, 1991 University of South Florida

Public Service - Mayor, Commissioner, Planning and Zoning Committee 1988 - 1999

 

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