Health Care and Life Services

Visiting Nurse Services of Central Florida

“No one believed in us initially,” Ms. Patterson stated, “Our friends and family told us we were crazy to follow our dream—to move to a new state, with no friends or family for support.”  We remained steadfast and kept moving forward, all the while working full-time jobs.

“There are many steps involved in launching this type of business. The three biggest hurdles”, according to Ms. Marshall, “involve achieving Home Health Accreditation, raising start-up and working capital, and then the agonizing wait for Medicare/Medicaid/HMO certification and licensing for automated billing.”

In June, 2014 Visiting Nurse Services celebrated their grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony at their Wildwood offices.  Their dream was finally becoming a reality. Today, the company has a burgeoning case load and the co-owners continue to add and train new staff as the demand dictates.

In November, Ms. Marshall and Ms. Patterson achieved another goal.  They relocated their offices to a Villages address so their young children could take advantage of The Villages Charter School System.  

This article about Visiting Nurse Services of Central Florida appeared in The Daily Sun newspaper on May 22, 2015.

Owner/Founder
Carol Patterson and Shakerah Marshall
My Location
8489 SE 165th Mulberry Lane
The Villages FL 32162
United States
Year Company Formed
2014
My Successes

As Visiting Nurse Services of Central Florida grows, the focus is now on Continuous Process Improvement in all areas of the operation, and incorporating Social Media for promotion and client/patient feedback.  “We love what we do”, states Ms. Patterson; “We put people first.”

How SCORE Helped

In late 2012, two Jamaican registered nurses, living in New York decided they wanted to start a Home Health Company. Carol Patterson and Shakerah Marshall did some research and determined that the state of Florida would be business friendly and also represented a substantial market for Home Health.  In early 2013 with small children in tow, they relocated to Central Florida and began working as registered nurses in a Villages hospital while they began planning the launch of their home health business.

Carol and Shakerah reached out to SCORE early in 2014 and first spoke to SCORE mentor Bob Wilson who recommended they speak to Linda Pickwick, another SCORE mentor with extensive background in the Home Health Industry.  Linda has helped them add marketing, sales, and customer service skills to their considerable nursing background.

Advanced Thermal Imaging

Owner/Founder
Julie Bennett
How SCORE Helped

SCORE has been a tremendous help to me in the starting of my business, Advanced Thermal Imaging. I had a dream which SCORE has been very instrumental in bringing to fruition in just a few short months. The first and very involved project was creating a business plan, with which Mr. Bill Leete was very patient, persistent, and encouraging. Being prepared with a competent business plan enabled me to secure a loan from the second bank I contacted. Once that occurred, I was able to take the certification course and begin other details for starting a business. Mr. Leete was most helpful in providing information regarding other services I might need, such as lawyers, accountants, and insurance companies. Mr. Leete was also helpful in connecting me with other men in areas of expertise that I needed. I was very grateful for Mr. Jim Toth’s expertise with building a website; that was invaluable to me. I was also very grateful for Mr. Joe Mierendorf who willingly tutored me in QuickBooks. I can’t say enough how pleased I am to have been connected with SCORE and how impressed I am with the dedication of each individual in helping me succeed; each person willingly gave up time for mentoring and tutoring me. As a start-up business I will continue to use SCORE services when necessary and definitely recommend SCORE to others who are interested in starting a business or need help with an existing business.

Dennis Moffet

Dennis Moffet

Current City: San Bernardino, CA

An accomplished speaker, mastermind professional, business coach, life coach, ministry coach, golf coach, and entrepreneur and business trainer. Over 35 years’ in retail management in such industries such as lumber, automotive and consumer goods in big box stores such as Walmart. His passion is assisting business owners, entrepreneurs, and ministers in developing, implementing and achieving their goals. Dennis also mentors professional referral and networking groups, coaches for personal growth and development, coaches businesses on increasing referrals, relationship development, ministry development and growth, and behavioral style coaching on interpersonal relationships. Also, a pretty good golfer!

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Ask SCORE

          A friend and I are considering becoming partners in purchasing an existing, somewhat successful hobby shop. I’ve known him a long time, but we’ve never been in business together. What is your opinion of partnerships?  

          The partnership has been the foundation for millions of successful small businesses. Unfortunately, it has also been the source for innumerable disputes, arguments, irreparable relationships and lawsuits, all of which exacted economic and personal costs on the people involved.

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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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Lisa Bedard Dupee

Lisa Bedard Dupee

Current City: Plattsburgh, NY

Currently a licensed insurance broker specializing in health insurance benefits. I have a very strong sales background and have owned two small businesses. I have also worked as a bookkeeper with an emphasis on Quickbooks.  

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Education

BS International Business - SUNY Plattsburgh

1 Year Legal Secretarial Certificate - Our Lady of Victory Secretarial School

Several training courses and certificates in sales and marketing.

Susan Ellen Marsh

Susan Ellen Marsh

Current City: Saint Paul, MN
Chapter: St Paul SCORE

I retired in 2013 from a career in law firm management. I had been the chief operating officer and the administrator for 5 years each at two Minneapolis law firms. I spend two+ years as the Finance Director at a third law firm. I ran a CPA firm for five years in Michigan. I am an inactive CPA and have my MBA in Business Administration. I taught accounting at Metropolitan State University for two years.

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Education

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MBA from Metropolitan State&nbsp;University, Minnesota &nbsp;2001</p>

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Bachelor of Science from University of California, Berkeley &nbsp;1975</p>

Workshop Poster 2nd. qtr. 2015

Dr. Jeffrey W von Freymann

Dr. Jeffrey W von Freymann

Current City: Mount Pleasant, SC

Over 40 years practitioner experience in marketing, communications, and management working in/with 100s profit and non-profit organizations from start ups to ongoing concerns, small to large (but mostly small).  Last 15 years as a college professor in marketing and management at the undergrad and graduate levels.

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<p> Doctorate in Business Administration (University of Sarasota, FL), MBA in marketing (Babson College, MA), BA in English (Stonehill College, North Easton, MA).</p>

Thomas Guy Cornwell

Thomas Guy Cornwell

Chapter: St. Louis SCORE

Thomas (Tom) Guy Cornwell, born May 17, 1955, is a life time St. Louis, Missouri resident, with 37 years experience in the worldwide defense market.  He is currently Adjunct Professor with George Herbert Walker School of Business and Technology, Webster University.  He is a retired Vice President / General Manager (VP/GM) of DRS Sustainment Systems, Inc., headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri.  DRS Sustainment Systems Inc. is one of the largest operating units within the DRS complement of companies.  Mr. Cornwell assumed the VP/GM duties in October 2008, in conjunction with the acquisition and reorganization of DRS Technologies by Italian defense contractor Finmeccanica. 

DRS Technologies is a leading supplier of integrated products, services and support to military forces, intelligence agencies and prime contractors worldwide. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Finmeccanica S.p.A., employing more than 70,000 people worldwide.

From October 2006, Mr. Cornwell was President of the DRS Sustainment Systems Business Segment, after serving for six months as Vice President / General Manager of the DRS Sustainment Systems small business unit, formerly part of the Sustainment Systems and Services Group.  Before that, Mr. Cornwell served for five years as President and Chief Executive Officer of Engineered Air Systems, Inc. (EASI), a subsidiary of Engineered Support Systems, Inc. (ESSI), before DRS acquired that company on January 31, 2006.

Prior to becoming President and CEO of EASI in 2000, Mr. Cornwell served in various general management positions of increasing responsibility at Systems & Electronics, Inc., another ESSI subsidiary, for 24 years. He began with the company as a purchasing agent in 1974.

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<span style="color: rgb(97, 97, 97); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18.0049991607666px;">Mr.&nbsp;</span>Cornwell<span style="color: rgb(97, 97, 97); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18.0049991607666px;">&nbsp;holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from the St. Louis College of Pharmacy and a Masters in Business Administration from Southern Illinois University -&nbsp;</span>Edwardsville<span style="color: rgb(97, 97, 97); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18.0049991607666px;">.&nbsp; He is a Missouri registered pharmacist since 1978.</span></p>

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