Health Care and Life Services

The IRS maintains a valuable collection of resources for small businesses called the Small Business and Self-Employed Tax Center.  Visit their site for forms, articles, videos, webinars and audio presentations for small businesses.

Steve Strauss, founder of www.theselfemployed.com, discusses the constitutionality of the current health care debates happening before Congress.

Q: Steve: I own my own micro-business and was wondering whether you care to weigh in on the health care debate before the Supreme Court. I just don’t get how Congress could pass a law that makes me buy health insurance. Personally, I think it is un-American.

Teddy

 

Austin K Pryor

Austin K Pryor

Current City: Stamford, CT

Expert in home-based businesses, consultants, musicians, artists, crafts people, e-Commerce and Internet situations, website design critique, computer service businesses and coaching healthcare related businesses. 25 years as a new products and new ventures executive. Management consultant helping companies increase innovation and entrepreneurship (self employed since 1989). Help companies and non-profits develop strategic and growth plans. Volunteer member of non-profit & church boards. Helped start up an aquaculture venture in Hawaii. Avid golfer and a cappella choral singer.

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BA Yale, MS University of Minnesota

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SCORE Advises Feeney Farm

“Feeney Farm is a 501(c)(3) organization that brings fresh produce into communities in need in Fairfield County, Connecticut. We rescue fruits and vegetables from farms and wholesalers and deliver them to food pantries and community programs serving those in need. Without a doubt, if Feeney Farm had not received assistance from SCORE counselors Bill McLeod and Richard Blackwell from 2010 to 2011, it would not have grown into the successful organization that it now is.

Owner/Founder
Margaret Feeney
My Location
P.O. Box 243
Fairfield CT 06824
United States
My Successes

As a start-up, it’s common to receive well-meaning advice from friends and family who want to see your business succeed. Although these suggestions can be helpful, it’s rare that this advice is truly enterprising – meaning that it takes into account all the nuances involved in starting and operating a successful start-up. Before I met Bill McLeod and Richard Blackwell in June of 2010, I found myself in this exact situation.

I met with Bill and Richard about once a month for about a year since June 2010. Without judgment or pretense, Bill and Richard listened to the dilemmas Feeney Farm faced and offered their advice on how to “pivot” the company so as to not get stuck in the common start-up situation of “spinning company wheels” without producing any tangible results. They helped me create multiple “what if” scenarios for the company, allowing me to take into account problems/opportunities I had not previously thought of but proved critical to the success of my organization. In addition, because of their experience in the corporate and small business world, they undoubtedly reduced my “time to market” (or concept-to-product life cycle) by helping me avoid common start-up opportunity costs.

I’m happy to report that about twelve months into production, there was an opportunity to partner with two non-profits that could expand our operations and serve additional people in need. These two organizations could “absorb” our routes and grow them using their existing resources. It was a great opportunity to see our operations grow into something much larger than itself, and we were thrilled to partner with two like-minded organizations that saw value in what had been created. It was a win-win all around.

What's Great About My Mentor?

Perhaps the best part of my SCORE experience was how Bill and Richard did not force their opinions on me, but instead used their experiences to act as a safety net for my own decision making process; allowing me to use my own judgment at all times, but not letting me get too far off course. Leveraging their experience also enabled me to expand the scope of Feeney Farm’s coverage to providing more produce to needy families year-round rather than just seasonal fresh produce.

How SCORE Helped

In summary, becoming a SCORE client was one of the best decisions I made as a small business owner and I would highly recommend it to anyone thinking of starting a new company.”

COUNSELOR’S COMMENTS: The key to SCORE’s successful mentoring with Ms. Feeney was ongoing communication.   Starting with her original business idea and plan, she was responsive to our questions and willing to adapt to new directions.  We would, on occasion, arrange ad hoc meetings whenever significant issues arose that required immediate attention. Our free-flowing interaction and Ms. Feeney’s strength in implementation enabled Feeney Farm to grow into a more effective organization reaching many more families than originally envisioned.  It is especially gratifying to see that the tangible result of this process and her dedicated effort has become a continuing, long-term benefit to the community.

Uptown Resale

Uptown Resale is an innovative project of Catholic Charities of Kansas City-St. Joseph to generate revenue to bring services to children and families in need.  The spacious store sells quality, ready-for-resale clothing, fashion accessories, housewares, home decor, and collectibles to bargain hunters and fashionistas alike.  Proceeds of Uptown Resale go directly to helping more than 200,000 people each year in Northwest Missouri who come to Catholic Charities for help and hope.  From food and utility assistance, to homeless prevention and foster care services, Catholic Charities has more than 50 programs, each designed to honor the life and dignity of each person served. 

Owner/Founder
Rozanne Prather, Executive Director, Catholic Charities Foundation at Catholic Charities of Kansas City-St. Joseph, Inc.
My Location
MO
United States
Year Company Formed
2009
My Successes

The Uptown Resale retail location opened on April 21, 2010 offering 2,500 square feet of upscale, gently used merchandise.

Uptown Resale Retail Location

What's Great About My Mentor?

Before opening the shop, Rozanne sought advice concerning retail operations from SCORE.  She was paired with Jerry Gilson, a longtime SCORE mentor with over 20 years of experience in retail operations and merchandising.  Jerry immediately got to work reviewing their business plan and suggesting revisions to initial expense planning that would reflect pre-opening and post-opening expenses.  Once a retail location had been chosen, Jerry assisted in developing a weekly timeline of construction and opening procedures for the store.  Subsequent meetings were held on site to review progress and resolve issues.  Jerry’s experience in retail management aided greatly throughout the hiring process for the store’s management and staff.

Donald Ed Jones

Ed Jones

Donald Ed Jones

Current City: Jupiter, FL

Expert in new product development, intellectual property protection, business start-up, marketing and financing strategy including JOBS Act crowd funding, business operations, developing business plans that "Shark Tank" would find compelling.

45 year career in both small business and large multi-national public companies.

Currently CEO/CTO of a new product development  company in Florida specializing in machine to machine communications solutions. 

Previously a VP of Operations / Manufacturing / Engineering for Regenerative Technologies Corporation.

Prior to that Senior Director of Research and Development for a Tyco International (TYC) strategic business unit focusing on retail item security and life safety device communications technology.

I have been professionally engaged in the information technology (IT) industry since 1971.

Regenerative Technologies Corp - VP 1/2012 - 8/2014,

Tyco International (TYC) - 2001 to 2011 Senior Director - Engineering 2009 - 2010 Global Enterprise and System Software - Tyco Retail Solutions Director Engineering 2007 - 2009 Global Enterprise and System Software - Sensormatic - Tyco Safety Products

Director Engineering 2002 - 2007 Radio Frequency Identification SBU - Sensormatic - Tyco Safety Products

Manager Product Assurance 2001 - 2002 Sensormatic

Crossmatch Technologies Inc. (fingerprint scanning, analysis and identification) Director - Software Development 2000-2001

Quadramed Corporation (QDHC)Vice President, Technology 1998-2000

Marquette Medical Systems (MEI) - GE Director - Information Interchange / Interoperability 1996-1998 Vice President - Engineering & Manufacturing 1994-1996 Project Lead - Software 1991-1994

Sabattical (self funded) 1990 -1991

Health Care Office Systems Inc. President - Owner 1985-1990

Cyberstar Corporation President 1980-1985

Microspect Partner 1973-1980

Minnesota Growth Exchange Inc. Partner 1973-1978

Small business experience includes organization development and management consultation, document duplication systems, computer software (Value Added Reseller), motels and property management. Large business experience has included senior management roles in research and development, electronics manufacturing, medical device regulatory affairs and quality systems, product support, mergers and acquisitions, offshore capabilities development, intellectual property management, product development process. software product life cycle management, product management. 

See my linked in profile at www.linkedin.com/pub/ed-jones/6/b93/460/

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<p> <p> 1970 BA Philosophy / Lingusitics 1971-1973 Research Director - Rural Crime and Justice Institute - Center for the Study of Local Government</p></p>

SCORE Mentor Advices Project Being There

Most of us have encountered situations that need correcting or improving, but how many have actually taken steps to do something to bring about change? Tracy Foster did.  Over the course of several years Tracy and her husband Steve adopted three children from Vietnamese orphanages. During the adoption processes, she realized there were many services and infrastructures provided by these orphanages that needed improvement, and determined she wanted to provide the means to make the improvements. She recruited a small group of individuals in the Knoxville, TN, area who shared similar goals, and began laying the groundwork to a non-profit dedicated to the cause – Project Being There.

www.projectbeingthere.org

Owner/Founder
Tracy Foster
My Location
11139 Kingston Pk
Knoxville TN
United States
Year Company Formed
2009
My Successes

During the first two years of its existence, Project Being There participated in several events sponsored by other organizations and also conducted their own projects, raising about $14,000. This amount was used to provide improvements for St. An’s Orphanage in Vietnam, with projects such as water filtration and distribution of clean water, improvements to washing and sanitation facilities, working with the staff on improving health and nutrition, and funding needed medical procedures. They also worked with playground equipment manufacturer Play and Park to plan and develop a playground concept that would be safe and accessible to all the residents living at St. An’s orphanage, including the special needs children.

These activities were recognized and gained the attention of the NBC television news department producer Kevin Monahan. In early 2011 a film crew accompanied Tracy and Mike to St. An’s to film a segment for an NBC Nightly News “Making a Difference” feature which aired nationally on June 27. Since this airing, donations to Project Being There have increased tremendously, and many viewers have volunteered their time and services to the organization.

Long term goals for Project Being There include providing additional living quarters for St. An’s, construction of a boundless playground, post-graduation educational support, and expanding their efforts to other orphanages in Vietnam.

What's Great About My Mentor?

Knowing that forming a non-profit organization was required in order to raise the necessary funds but not sure where to start, Tracy turned to SCORE for assistance. Working with mentor Chuck Christiansen, they completed their application for Non-Profit 501 C3 certification, and formed Project Being There in March 2009.

Raising funds meant they needed a structured business plan, including a marketing plan to create a presence in the community and to develop projects to raise the necessary funds. Again Christiansen assisted Tracy and fellow board member Mike Pierce in creating these plans.  Tracy credits SCORE with helping them establish a solid business foundation by which they can operate and achieve their goals.

Harold R Godschalk

Harold R Godschalk

Current City: Macon, GA
Chapter: SCORE Atlanta

30 years business planning/ new business development experience mainly in for-profit health care industry (hospital operations). Deep overseas experience including living abroad.

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<p> BA (Economics)- Dartmouth College-1958 MBA (Marketing/Finance)- Amos Tuck School of Business- 1962</p>

John Whiteside

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John Whiteside

Current City: Asheville, NC
Chapter: Asheville SCORE

Expert in Labor Relations and very knowledgeable in hiring employees. 35 years experience in all facets of Human Resources, including Employment, Benefits, Organizational Development, Training, labor Relations, Safety, and Compensation. Listed in Who’s Who in America. Specialize in union/non-union negotiations and arbitration for companies of 300 to 20,000 employees, both nationally and internationally. Retired from General Dynamics Air Defense Missile Division as VP Human Resources & Administration. Currently acting as SCORE Asheville NC’s E-mail and HR specialty counselor and Business Assessment Team HR member.

 

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<p> BA degree, Psychology and Education, Univ. of California, Santa Barbara.</p>

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