Educational Services

Workshop Poster 2nd. qtr. 2015

Magic Memories, Phoenixville, PA

Owner/Founder
Neydary Zambrano
Year Company Formed
2006
How SCORE Helped

Magic Memories Child Development Center had been in business for 19 years when Neydary Zambrano acquired it in 2006. In the nine years since then, Magic Memories has seen truly impressive growth and improvement.  As a Keystone STARS program, Magic Memories receives a rating based on the STARS criteria:  Standards, Training/Professional Development, Assistance, Resources, and Support.  An initiative of the Office of Child Development and Early Learning in Pennsylvania, the Keystone STARS performance standards provide the foundation for participating programs.  With possible ratings of STAR 1, STAR 2, STAR 3, and STAR 4, Magic Memories has jumped from being a STAR 1 program to a STAR 4 program since Zambrano purchased it.  She has grown the business by over 30 percent, increased staffing from 16 to 46 employees, and added a Kindergarten Enrichment Program.  Magic Memories has a current enrollment of 96 children from six weeks old through fifth grade, with before- as well as after-school care for school age children, and 240 children as part of their collaboration with the Phoenixville School District to provide Kindergarten Enrichment for their full time students.  In addition, the Center offers a summer camp for children ages 3 through 10.

 

It’s clear that what sets Magic Memories apart and makes it such an outstanding facility is its focus on quality assurance, which is Zambrano’s top priority.  She considers excellence in staffing to be the key to the quality improvement she has achieved at Magic Memories.  Under her ownership, each staff member has a degree in early childhood development, with a ratio of one lead preschool teacher per 10 children.  Magic Memories’ mission is to provide children with a loving, caring and stimulating environment.  It strives to provide not only a safe and healthy environment, but one which nurtures each child’s self-esteem and social development, and it teaches a value system of respect, courtesy and love.  Child-centered learning is focused on each child’s needs, abilities, interests and learning styles, which encourages each child to have a role in determining the learning process.  Magic Memories’ ultimate goal is to provide a strong foundation for children to achieve their highest level of cognitive, physical, social and emotional development.

 

Zambrano came to Magic Memories with a wealth of experience.  She holds a Law degree from Venezuela, a Masters of Law Degree from Temple University, and a Certificate in Executive Leadership from Bryn Mawr College.  Prior to her acquisition of Magic Memories, where she now serves as president, she managed the Chester County Healthy Start Program, which specializes in children's health and development.  Her background, together with her obvious love of children and passion for the field of early child development, has clearly helped her to make Magic Memories the success that it is today.  Despite Magic Memories’ remarkable growth and success, Zambrano is constantly looking to the future and exploring ways to expand and improve even further.

 

Zambrano first met with SCORE when she was considering acquiring Magic Memories.  She credits Score counselors Robert Wingerter and Randy Hove with providing both guidance and perspective throughout the process.  Since she was raised in a different country, SCORE’s guidance was particularly valuable in helping her to understand the culture of business in the United States.  In 2011, Zambrano met with SCORE counselors again to evaluate options for expanding Magic Memories’ facilities, using the SCORE financial model to assist in her decision.  At that time, Magic Memories underwent a renovation and expansion of its physical space.  Now, three and a half years later, with her business near maximum capacity, Zambrano has again contacted SCORE to discuss plans for further expansion, which may include acquiring another facility.  She says of her experience with SCORE, “It’s amazing that you can get the benefit of so much knowledge and experience free of charge!”

 

SCORE is a non-profit national organization of business volunteers dedicated to providing free counseling and educational service to small businesses. SCORE volunteers are seasoned business experts who apply their life experience and business knowledge to mentor individuals planning to start a small business, or small business owners who seek assistance in solving business issues. To schedule a personal session with a counselor or learn about small business education programs, call Chester and Delaware County SCORE at 610-344-6910 or click here to visit us online Chester County SCORE.

 

February 13, 2015

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            I recently opened a sports memorabilia shop and now want to add an online component to sell my merchandise via the Internet. I plan to hire someone to design my website, but am looking for advice to provide that person with guidance and direction

           Nearly every small business has a website today…and no wonder. A 2011 Pew Internet study found that nearly half of all searches for local businesses are conducted online (newspapers finished a distant second). And usually, a company’s website is the first place prospective customers go when those search engine results come up.

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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

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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?

 

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

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          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

Andres Mejorado

Andres Mejorado

Current City: El Paso, TX
Chapter: El Paso SCORE

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Donald O. Benjamin

Donald O. Benjamin

Current City: Port Charlotte, FL

New York State Restaurant Association, Sales Rep and Director of Membership             1999-2012

Royal Savage Inn Restaurant, Plattsburgh, NY, owner                                                       1970-1999

Windows on the Bay Restaurant and Motel, owner                                                             1985-1994

Clinton Community College, Plattsburgh, NY, Operated Food Service Concession            1988-1994

The Barnstead Restaurant, Keeseville, NY, owner                                                               1980-1987

Rippling River Motel,Keeseville, NY owner                                                                           1978-1987

Howard Johnson Restaurants, Parent Company, District Manger, Los Angeles Office        1965-1970         

Chicago Office  1960-1965, and   Manger Utica, NY 1959-1960

Community Involvement

Paul Smith's College, Board of Trustees -n Board Member, Chairman of the Board, Board Member Emeritus                                                                                                                           1975-present

Clinton County Tourism Bureau - Chair                                                                          1978-1998

Upstate New York "I Love New York" Advertising Committee - Chair                             1973-1990

Fleet Bank Advisory Board, Plattsburgh, NY                                                                     1980-1987

Champlain Valley Physician's Hospital -Board Member                                                    1979-1986

Plattsburgh and Clinton County Chamber of Commerce - Member and President           1979-1984

                                                                                                                                                          

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Education

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Paul Smiths&#39; College, A.A.S., Hotel and Restaurant Management, Class of 1956</p>

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Denver University, B.S., Business Administration, Hotel and Restaurant Management Major, Class of 1959</p>

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

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