Educational Services

Think Like a Scientist! LLC

Coleen Herbst and Jodi Wooten began teaching together at a local preschool in 2007, teaching three-year-olds as well as a Pre-K enrichment class. With their own passion for science, the enrichment class evolved into one focused on science, and the teachers found that preschoolers also love learning about science. They also created a Camp for a Cure, a science-based camp that funds their annual participation in the Susan G. Komen three-day Walk for a Cure.

The teachers began to dream of opening their own business teaching science to young children. Think Like a Scientist! (TLAS!) was born in 2009 when a local private school began searching for a science program for their young students and partnered with Herbst and Wooten. Finally In 2013 TLAS! opened its own location in West Chester.

TLAS! offers science classes and holds private birthday parties for children ages three to six. Herbst and Wooten are the only employees. A TLAS! session consists of one 2.5 hour class a week for four weeks and costs $125.  TLAS! currently offers four classes a week with total enrollment of about 50 children. They also average two birthday parties a month, with a cost of $250 per party. One day a week, they also teach TLAS! on site at St. Agnes School.

 

For the 2014-15 school year, TLAS! is planning to open the studio for an additional day each week, which would add about 40 more students. They also want to add a new Saturday class that meets once a month for children 6-8 year olds, with target enrollment of 40 students.

 

TLAS! met both its revenue expectations for the 2013-14 school year and also all its business goals.  Adding the class for 6-8 year olds and opening the studio an additional day will generate significant additional revenue.

 

Herbst and Wooten say they reached out to SCORE because “Teachers by trade we knew just how to execute our curriculum. Business folk we are not but we were eager to learn to be! We contacted SCORE and enrolled in their Grow Your Business series.”  Working with counselors Ana Nitica and Frank Millheim, TLAS! got assistance in areas including marketing, web planning, social media and finance. 

About SCORE they say, “SCORE never fails to provide us with a business professional no matter the area of expertise. Thanks to the support of many SCORE volunteers we have developed the skills necessary to create and manage our business. SCORE continues to support us as we move forward to grow our business.” 

Owner/Founder
Coleen Herbst and Jodi Wooten

Robert G Cleaveland

Robert G Cleaveland

Current City: University Place, WA

40 years in financial services industry: John Hancock Life Agent(1972-1982); Family-owned P&C Agency (1982-1999);
Owner of regional financial planning practice, Cornerstone Financial Strategies LLC, in UP & Tacoma. Life, health, P&C, Series 7, 66 licensed; RIA. Residential real estate landlord. Co-founded WA state Make-A-Wish(r)chapter (1986-1996); National Make-A-Wish(r) Board (1988-1994). Franciscan Hospice volunteer (2013-present). Volunteer, U S Open @ Chambers Bay, June 2015.

Resume

Education

BA, English, Ohio Wesleyan University. Professional designations CLU, ChFC.

Ask SCORE

            I own a small advertising agency, as well as being a wife and mother. I constantly read about women who “have it all” and would love to be one of them. How do they do it?

            “If only I had more time….”

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.

May 7, 2014 - Venture Plan Online Courses

Summary

This 8-week online workshop guides you through the business planning process.

 

Derrick D King

Derrick D King

Chapter: SCORE Houston

I have practiced law, in various practice settings since first becoming licensed in 2002 (Texas) and 2003 (Missouri), respectively. In that time, I have handled a variety of legal matters, and have served as general counsel for a number of companies.

Resume

Education

I am a former educator. As such, I consider myself a "teaching attorney" for my clients.

VivanTech

Randy Ozden originally came to San Diego to study computer science at San Diego State University. After a career working for large companies overseeing systems integration contracts, he decided to start a business. He had met some people who had started their own companies and felt that he had all their qualifications. In addition, "I was technical, I had done some programming, and I was a good storyteller who could speak about creating effective solutions at the executive level".

Randy and two other individuals provided initial funding of under $100,000. The company was fortunate to get customers quickly and no other outside capital has been needed. Today, the initial investors and the employees own VivanTech.

Owner/Founder
Randy Ozden
My Location
2020 Camino del Rio North, Suite 700
San Diego CA 92108
United States
Revenue
$13M
Employees
100
Year Company Formed
2003
My Successes

One of VivanTech's clients was in higher education, and they asked them to look at Kuali to replace their ERP (enterprise, resource, planning) system starting with their payroll. VivanTech decided to analyze Kuali, and liked what they saw, so decided to focus on developing custom solutions for universities who wanted to use Kuali.” Customers now include Stanford University, the University of Southern California and the University of Hawaii.

VivanTech is a tremendous small business success story because it demonstrates that companies can successfully make dramatic changes in direction by listening to customers. This openness along with developing thought out strategies and thorough due diligence resulted in dramatic revenue growth and a strong, trusted presence among the higher education IT community.

At each step along the way, VivanTech asked for SCORE’s assistance in researching options and the associated advantages and risks. This attention to careful and thorough planning, combined with the willingness to execute and take necessary risks epitomizes the entrepreneurial spirit that makes VivanTech an inspiring success story.

What's Great About My Mentor?

From the early days of VivanTech, Dick Leslie mentored VivanTech and made himself available according to their timing. When needed, he involved other mentors from SCORE to make sure VivanTech's needs were addressed.

How SCORE Helped

SCORE's mentoring has been significant because of continued availability to advise on many of topics and attendance at some of VivanTech's key management meetings, quarterly updates and yearly reviews.

SCORE provided mentoring in the following areas:

* Recommended the company narrow its focus to emphasize its depth of expertise in order to ensure success. Once the company executed on this, their successes increased and it became an important pivot point for growth.
* Supported entering the market of open-source enterprise software for the higher education market. This became the cornerstone for the company's change of direction and subsequently impressive revenue and profit growth.
* Advised VivanTech to develop families of products and services, plus product positioning and promotion as well as pricing. * Business planning - Both in moving to new markets, while also successfully supporting existing clients.
* Emphasized complete commitment to customer relations.

Jasmyn Golden

Jasmyn Golden

Current City: Lawton, OK

Resume

Phil Bardos

Phil Bardos

Current City: Oxnard, CA

graduate of west point 1950--10 years active duty--served in combat in korea

entrepreneur/businessman for 60 years--management consulting company 25 years--owner hi tech company for

8 years--sold the company and went back to management consulting

specialized  in finance--operations--sales/marketing--acquisitions/mergers--

most of the fields of business--small as well as medium sized companies

extracurricular activities--elected LA Board of Education two terms for total eight years

 

Resume

Education

<p>
graduate of west point--BS degree</p>

<p>
one year USC business</p>

James Greear

Consultant, speaker, author, minister, from startup to turnaround

James Greear

Current City: Ormond Beach, FL

Jim has extensive international experience in serial entrepreneurship and leadership with more than 30 years in senior management developing strategies, planning and tactical execution. Jim also provides start-up to turn-around and management consulting that provides strategic and creative direction on projects and executive oversight to clients ranging from consumer products and government agencies, to real estate/construction to retail, manufacturing and distribution as well as nonprofit organizations and has benefited hundreds of private and public sector clients.

Resume

Education

<p>
I studied a little...</p>

The Bright Spot

See video
Owner/Founder
Dawne Morrison
My Location
Vernon CT
United States
How SCORE Helped

I recommend SCORE to everyone I come in contact with who is looking to start their own business. I literally would not have been able to open my business without SCORE. It just would not have occurred.

Syndicate content