Highland Park, IL
Counselors to America's Small Business
I founded and operated a temporary services agency in the health care field for 25 years, then sold it in 2010 to a private equity investor. The business provided speech, occupational and physical therapists on a contract basis to hospitals, schools and rehabilitation centers throughout the Chicago metro area, northern Indiana and southern Wisconsin.
SCORE mentors helped me start my business and also assisted me with the sale transaction 25 years later. As a speech pathologist, I worked in a variety of hospital settings. As a small business owner I had overall responsibility for running a small business, including responsibilities in the following areas:
1. Human Resources, including recruiting, retention, quality appraisal systems and termination
3. Expertise in Service Industries, including healthcare and education
4. Billings and Collections
5. Search engine optimization (SEO) and web marketing, including experience in integrating web marketing into the sales force
6. Not for profit industry experience
I now serve as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Barbara & Stephen Miller Foundation, an organization with various interests. In addition, I am currently a board member of several non-profit organizations and also have served as a legislative council member for the American Speech and Hearing Association.
<p> M.S., Communication Disorders, University of Michigan</p> <p> B.S., Communication Disorders, Miami University</p> <p> Certificate of Clinical Competence, American Speech, Language & Hearing Association</p> <p> Licensed Speech Therapist, State of Illinois</p>
Experience in Sales, Management, & Marketing in financial services, business information, & business services fields. Have lived or traveled in all 50 states & 100 countries.
CFP, CLU, ChFC, SCM, CCP had a 46 year career in sales, marketing, & general management. He received a BA in Economics from Notre Dame & an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis. He served as a US Army officer graduating from ROTC as a Distinguished Military Graduate. While with 8 organizations, he introduced 6 new products & was president of 3 companies in business information, M&A information, & wholesale & retail investment products & services. Chuck spent 21 years with Dun & Bradstreet where he managed four district offices, was Director of New Business Development, and was President of its Canadian subsidiary. He worked for Smith Barney as a Trainer on the 103rd floor of 2 World Trade Center in NYC and moved to Florida as branch manager & Senior VP-Wealth Advisor for 22 years before he retired for the second time. He and his wife of 54 years, Priscilla have 3 children and 6 grandchildren. Chuck’ Sawicki was awarded the Meritorious Service Award by Charlotte SCORE for his over 7 years of volunteer service and dedication to the non-profit group that helps small businesses get started. He was also awarded the “Dick O’Brien Award”, named after a former Chapter President who died in 2005, as the top Charlotte SCORE Certified Mentor out of nearly 80 volunteers. He has been a Rotarian for almost 50 years and has been a volunteer Ambassador for Road Scholar, the largest non-profit educational travel company. Chuck has traveled to all 50 states & 100 countries and has been a volunteer mentor in high poverty schools. He won the AFP Volunteer Fund Raiser Award in 2006 while serving on non-profit boards & donor development committees. Currently resides in a Retirement Community near Lancaster, Pa. Please listen to this 12 & 1/2 minute introductory video "How To Start & Grow A Small Business" presentation. This video is now posted on the main page of www.Charlotte.SCORE.Org under the green box on the right How to Start & Grow Your Business - Video
Financial Planning Associations Economics Round Table World Affairs Council Chamber Of Commerce 46 yr. Rotarian
BA Economics Notre Dame University; MBA Washington University of St Louis; Army ROTC Distinguished Military Graduate; Captain US Army; Retired 25 year Certified Financial Planner; Chartered Life Underwriter Chartered Financial Consultant; Certified Coach Practitioner; & Certified SCORE Mentor
Government Contracting- All Branches of DOD including GSA International contracting NASA Apollo Program Airline Reservation Systems (Computerization)Worldwide Program Management - International/DOD/ commercial Computer Systems Software management/development International.
Emphasis on proposal preparation, responding to government solicitations, negotiation preparation, negotiation, and contract administration throughout contract life.
<p> BA- Western Michigan University MA- Michigan State University Executive Academy - University of Michigan Graduate School of Business</p>
Duncan is President and CEO of Efficio, Incorporated, Founder of For Educators and is a distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship at Central Piedmont Community College. One of the most sought after speakers and business strategist by organizations and entrepreneurs alike, Duncan has served as a SCORE counselor in Charlotte NC since 2006 and has developed and taught entrepreneurial training for Entrepreneurs, Professionals, and Business Owners around the world through Efficio's School of Business for Entrepreneurs. She has also taught undergraduate and non-credit courses on business strategy, business systems, technology, internet, social media, financial management, human capital, marketing, and many other disciplines of entrepreneurship for Central Piedmont Community College, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, the Small Business Administration, the Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council, the Small Business Development Technical Center in Georgia, SCORE, and various other non-profit entrepreneurial centers.
She is the author of the premier Getting to the CORE of Business® strategic development curriculum, now in its second edition. It is one of the first non-credit curriculum for existing entrepreneurs focused on building a complete Small Business System. Over 500 entrepreneurs and students have engaged in training and education using CORE content and is currently supported by the City of Charlotte North Carolina for qualifying entrepreneurial students attending CPCC's Institute of Entrepreneurship. Duncan has also written entrepreneurial articles that are syndicated worldwide and a variety of instructional ebooks, courses and seminars.
A senior operating executive and management consultant with over 40 years global experience helping governments and companies in many industries evaluate current operations, reduce cost and develop and implement new strategies, operations, organizations and systems. Currently involved full time in post business career activities. Major expertise includes: -Procurement, logistics and supply chain management. -Project management, planning, scheduling and resource utilization. -Management training and development. -Field response to medical emergencies and catastrophic disasters. -Business and government evaluation, operations and improvement. -Professional Services Firm operations and management. -Commercial international and national arbitration. -Business ethics, including Sentencing Guidelines compliance, program implementation. Formerly member of SCORE in Los Angeles County and Orange County California.
B.S. Industrial Management & Economics, Illinois Institute of Technology -Mainline post graduate study course completion in consulting methodologies and systems design & implementation at Accenture Consulting's (then known as Andersen Consulting) Center for Professional Education. -FEMA Incident Command Structure Courses IS-100, IS-200, IS-700, IS-800 - National Disaster Medical System Incident Response Command Team training course
I'm glad to share my knowledge and experience with SCORE clients who are thinking of starting a business and those who want to improve an existing one. I can provide insights and assistance with some of the key issues clients commonly face. I can help with for-profit or non-profit planning. I've been involved in a number of charitable, civic and educational organizations,on which I have held Board positions.
I focus on planning and implementation based on many years with IBM as a systems engineer and having had project responsibility. I have experience with the financial aspects of owning and operating a business, too. Whether pre-start or operational, I can help you understand the challenges and define a workable plan to help solve your problems. .
Throughout the years I've served as adjunct faculty at many schools including University of Hawaii, Johns Hopkins University School of Continuing Studies and Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. I live in Daytona Beach, FL and am a member of the Volusia/Flagler Chapter in Central Florida. My wife and I developed and presented the core workshop “How to Successfully Start Your Own Business" for several years.
I mentor via email and face-to-face. Feel free to contact me.
BES University of Virginia; MEE University of Virginia; PhD University of Virginia
Mark Lowenstein was an Assistant Professor of Business at a small college most recently. Mr.Lowenstein has a wide background in business development, contract negotiation, strategic alliances, marketing and international/domestic sales channel management in the software/high tech industry. He has a number of years of entrepreneurial experience with knowledge of a number of different markets and a strong sense of customer's needs.
Evaluating and refining business models and reviewing business plans are a specialty. He knows how to help you evaluate your target market and determine the characteristics of your target customers. He will advise you on how to structure product and/or service offerings for a successful business. In addition,he can determine the best means to deliver the product and/or service in a cost effective manner using a variety of methods; both direct and indirect.
He has consulted with inventors evaluating the commercial feasibility of markets and product development for a variety of patents. He was the COO of a fixed wireless broadband company focused on the Caribbean market. Mark was the VP of Business Development at a software industry non profit. He co-founded two software based startups: one was a supplier of tactical weather systems to the US military and international markets and the other a data acquisition measurement company for manufacturers.
He has worked with several non profit organizations and has been on the board of a regional economic development agency. He is currently a trustee for a local college.
<p> BABSON COLLEGE, MBA; SUFFOLK UNIVERSITY LAW SCHOOL, JD; UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT, BA</p>