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A two-sided flyer designed to instruct prospective clients how to sign up for counseling.  

Printed copies are available in the SCORE Office.

 

 

Ask SCORE 
          I’m in the process of establishing a graphic design/web development business. 
Should I form a corporation? 

 

CHOOSING YOUR BUSINESS ENTITY
By Attorney Ruth-Ellen Post


The four most common forms of business structure are:

  • LLC (Limited Liability Company)
  • CORPORATION (Conventional and Subchapter S)
  • PROPRIETORSHIP
  • PARTNERSHIP

The following outlines provide very general information on some of the main
similarities and differences among these business structures in six key areas:

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. 

 

Samuel Duane Feola

Sam Feola

Samuel Duane Feola

Current City: Camarillo, CA

In July 2013 I retired as a program executive with Raytheon. 

From 2006-2012 I was the program director of Raytheon Polar Services, supporting the National Science Foundation’s U.S. Antarctic program.  Polar Services provided operations, construction, and facilities maintenance and science support at three stations, and aboard two research vessels in Antarctica.  I managed 400 full-time staff and over 2,000 seasonal contract employees each year, coordinating offices on three continents to manage the requirements of a 12-year contract valued at over $1.9 billion.

During my tenure, the new South Pole Station was constructed at the end of a 10,000-mile long logistics chain, within budget, and on time in the world’s coldest, harshest, and most remote environment on earth.

My last 12 months at Raytheon before retiring was in a business development role as a director project management /planning operations for the company’s infrastructure and operations.

My previous program management experience include general manager of a joint American-Canadian company based in Ottawa, Canada, providing base construction, operations, and maintenance support to the Canadian Defence Forces serving overseas in Bosnia and Afghanistan.  I was also a business systems manager for DISH Network in Denver, CO, director of logistics for U.S. Antarctic Support Associates in Denver, where I played a key role in transitioning the Antarctic program from predominately military support to civilian support, Proposal Manager in Orange, CA, Project Site Manager in Izmir and Istanbul, Turkey, and Special Project Manager on a Department of Energy contract in Hawaii and the Marshall Islands.

I received a bachelor of science in business administration from Wesleyan and graduated from the Naval Aviation Schools command as an officer receiving a designation as a naval aviator.  I spent 11 years on active duty, including a decorated one-year tour as a combat helicopter pilot in Vietnam.

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Education

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, West Virginia Wesleyan College

Naval Aviation Schools Command, Officer and Aviator

TCA Thomas Comitta Associates, Inc.

Thomas Comitta Associates, Inc. is a town planning and landscape architecture firm serving public and private clients throughout Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Maryland since 1981. Their team of certified planners, registered landscape architects, and LEED certified professionals has extensive experience with client-centered land planning and site design services.

In 2009, TCA had its highest revenues in its 35+ year history.  In 2010, in the face of the global financial crisis, the bottom fell out of the state and regional real-estate and development industries and TCA revenue dropped significantly.  Finding that the old model of business was no longer working, the Comittas realized they needed to reinvent their business model and revamp their budget. 

In early 2011, TCA was referred to SCORE by West Chester University’s College of Business and Public Administration. Counselors Bob Fedor and George Edwards created a SCORE advisory board that recommended a zero-based budget with models based on a worst-case, likely, and best-case revenue scenarios. Working from the worst-case scenario budget, TCA cut expenses, reduced personnel and benefits, refinanced mortgages, consolidated other debt and froze non-essential operating expenses.   

While revenues are not back to 2009 levels, they are quickly climbing.  In 2012, actual revenue was 60% higher than their budgeted "worst case scenario" and grew in 2013 by another 8%. TCA is on track to increase revenue by another 8-15% in 2014.

In 2014, TCA hired one full-time and one part-time employee, with the prospect of adding another full time professional, bringing total staff to four full-time and four part-time. 

CFO Carolyn Comitta says TCA’s SCORE advisors are the first call for any business question.  “SCORE helped TCA survive the great recession and revamp our business model and budget for success in the new economy.”  SCORE is now helping TCA plan for the future, crafting scenarios for business succession, cyber security, and to update their personnel manual for the “new economy.”   

Owner/Founder
Thomas and Carolyn Comitta

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.

Project Genesis

Project Genesis was founded in 1991 as a non-profit corporation dedicated to serving Connecticut adults and students who have disabilities. While our main office is located in Willimantic, our services are available in every county in the state. We serve over 200 individuals per year, some of whom participate in short-term job supports and many of whom receive long-term educational, vocational and life-skills supports. 

We believe in…

Individualized Services: Each person receiving services is unique and deserves to have our support focused on their own, specific dreams and goals. Since our inception in 1991 Project Genesis has been committed to individualized services and this has set us apart.

Trust: One of our strongest guiding principles is the belief that the relationships between our consumers and our staff are key to the development of productive services. When there is a relationship of trust people are better able to strive and to achieve their best.

Honesty: We have a commitment to open and honest communication. No organization is perfect and we at Project Genesis try to own our mistakes just as we celebrate our successes. We welcome the opinions of our consumers and we regularly request information about how we are doing. Both informal communication and satisfaction surveys provide us with information about how we can do our jobs better.

At Project Genesis we never stop trying to do our best. It is, simply, what you deserve. 

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Owner/Founder
Virginia Kerensky
My Location
Willimantic CT 06226
United States
Year Company Formed
2009
How SCORE Helped

"They valued what we did [here] as strongly as we did.....You will never find such a broad group of experts."

Jasmyn Golden

Jasmyn Golden

Current City: Lawton, OK

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Denis Wilson

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Denis Wilson

Current City: Westlake Village, CA

Currently President and Lead Consultant at DWP Information Architects, an IT consultancy and services provider. Also an the board of IAMCP (International Association of Microsoft Channel Partners) and have been tasked by the Western Region Microsoft Community Connections Manager to act as his liaison to SCORE Ventura County.

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Education

Business Administration (Marketing) at San Jose State University

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