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       I’ve recently taken my business plan for a new and innovative consumer product to several banks seeking funding, but have had no success. What are some other financing options that might be available to me?

 

 

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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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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.
       Have a question you’d like answered in this column? E-mail it to info@score-manchester.org, with “Ask SCORE” in the subject line.

Corporate Social Responsibility Finds Success With SCORE Mentor

Sometimes accomplishing the “unimaginable” is the only means to overcoming the “unthinkable.”  For 30 years, Annemarie du LeBohn had lived with fear, self-doubt and low confidence as a result of being raped and stalked by her attacker.  In 2010, she took matters into her own hands and decided to challenge herself to accomplishing the ultimate physical and mental challenge: the Ironman.  A 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride and 26.2 mile run – and of course, the mental discipline and perseverance to do it all – turned out to be the prescription for turning her life around.  Suddenly life was not only possible but fun; she could create goals and accomplish them.  One of those goals was turning her story into a motivational speaking business and SCORE mentors Tom Patty and Betty Otte helped make that a reality.

www.dulebohn.com

Owner/Founder
Annemarie du LeBohn
My Location
Santa Ana CA
United States
Year Company Formed
2010
My Successes

Annemarie’s motivational speech shows people that they can overcome anything and succeed.  The speech shares 3 mental tools to create a positive mindset and 7 Ironman training tools that anyone can use to achieve their goals. 

Annemarie has been a guest speaker on national radio shows, featured in Toastmasters International magazine (distributed to 135 countries in 7 languages) and had speeches booked a year in advance. She was featured as an inspirational athlete in USA Triathlon magazine. In October 2012, she spoke at TEDxOrangeCoast on the theme of Redefining Relevance.

Through the corporate social responsibility (CSR) side of her business, she is currently working with a Fortune 1000 company on their CSR communication efforts and she’s spoken about the topic at trade shows and in social media.  She has partnered with the Microsoft Store to host corporate social responsibility workshops for Microsoft’s clients in Southern California.

How SCORE Helped

Mentor Tom Patty focused on helping and inspiring the public speaking side of Annemarie’s business while mentor Bette Otte mentored the CSR side.  Tom outfitted Annemarie with public speaking advice including defining her message, practicing the speech 20 times and using the same confidence she’d needed for the Ironman.  Betty helped Annemarie to focus on tasks to build the corporate social responsibility business including creating a business priority list, defining her brand, and developing a prospect list.  And just as importantly, she coached her on how to say 'No' to projects that were not beneficial to her goals.

Michael Fink

Michael Fink

Current City: Livingston, NJ

Chief Marketing Officer with 35 years experience in consumer package goods, including OTC, personal care, and household products. Outstanding track record in growing sales and profits of consumer products through organic business growth and acquisition. One of the founders of 2 consumer package goods companies including a NYSE company, Prestige Brands, Inc. Currently an Operating Partner for Yellow Wood Partners, an equity group in consumer products.

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Education

BS American University - Psychology/Business

MA Bernard Baruch College - Marketing

To The Maximus Foundation Succeeds By Using Advice From SCORE Mentor

Karen started her foundation after her son died while using Synthetic Marijuana for the first time. Max Dobner died June 14,2011, after he bought a $12 packet of IAroma at the local mall. Within 15 minutes of smoking it he phoned his older brother saying he was having a panic attack and freaking out. He then got into his car and driving at speeds over 100 mph crashed into a house. The drug was legally purchased in Illinois at the time. Karen started the To The Maximus Foundation to get the word out about the dangers of synthetic substances. Karen’s passion is to educate and bring public attention to the emerging danger of synthetic drugs masquerading as “herbal” or “natural’ highs. Karen also started a blog and newsletter to alert parents and teens to the unpredictable and harrowing effects of smoking or inhaling the chemically sprayed leaves. To The Maximus Foundation is an organization committed to the education and awareness of the dangers of synthetic marijuana and other synthetic drugs.

Owner/Founder
Karen Dobner
My Location
1120 Grenada
Aurora IL 60506
United States
Employees
0
Year Company Formed
2011
My Successes

Karen Dobner by many is considered the advocate that started the movement to make synthetic marijuana illegal. She started first at home and Aurora, IL became one of the first cities to outlaw the drug. Surrounding communities followed. Soon Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan became involved and passed the Illinois law, which is the toughest in the country. According to Cara Smith, Madigan’s deputy chief of staff, “Karen Dobner’s bravery and advocacy led to the attorney general saying enough is enough and finding ways to educate users, retailers, parents, law enforcement and doctors.” Smith said “By the time we knew there was a problem we were way behind the eight ball.” Karen is very humble at her accomplishments. She has national and international exposure. She was on the Today Show after Max’s death. She recently did a TV show for Japanese TV. The most recent TV show was CNBC Crime INC. They did a show called “A Deadly High”, narrated by Carl Quintanilla. After the CNBC show Karen was contacted by National Geographic’s Drugs, Inc. show and is currently working with them explaining the dangers of the drug and how they change the formulation to get around the law. Karen has worked with many States and cities that needed help with the language in the law. She has also worked to educate Senators and Congressmen to pass a national law. 

How SCORE Helped

Karen approached SCORE in October 2011 for help with her Foundation. The Foundation was formed in August 2011 and Karen was having trouble getting the foundation going in any direction. Don Mauer and Greg Glassford were the mentors. SCORE mentors attended Karen's board of directors meeting. The Board of Directors was a small grass roots group of friends. Don worked on the financial reporting aspects right away. He put controls into place and they developed a financial report to give the Board each month. SCORE mentors worked to establish guidelines for the meeting and went to work to get more board members who were not connected with Karen. Currently SCORE is working with Karen on the Foundation business plan. The plan is now very important as, with Congressman Randy Hutlgren’s help, Karen’s application for 501(c)3 was expedited and To The Maximus Foundation now has that designation.

Norman Brown

Norman Brown

Current City: Las Vegas, NV
Chapter: Dallas SCORE

Norm Brown combines a business and legal education with extensive experience in everything from large corporations to tiny start-ups; his last position before joining SCORE was VP Technology Commercialization for a Fortune-500 defense contractor.  A patented inventor and former Angel Investor, Brown focuses on New Products, New Businesses, and Intellectual Property.  He's adept at building winning relationships via Development & Co-Marketing Agreements, Technology Licenses, Strategic Partnerships, and other complex agreements.  He managed an incubator ranked #3 in America by the National Science Foundation in the percentage of new companies created around NSF-funded technologies.  He has served on a number of start-up company boards, and he has supported the launching of over 30 companies based on licensed or transferred technologies.

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Education

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George Washington University &mdash;</p>

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Doctorate, Business Management</p>

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Juris Doctor</p>

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Bonnie Copeland

Bonnie Copeland

Current City: Costa Mesa, CA

Business plans, start up, finance, financing, financial projections, cash flow, budgeting, intellectual property, troubled business turn-arounds, retail, sales, manufacturing, entertainment, insurance, environmental industry and non-profits. I began my business career by starting a retail ski shop. I built it to $1 million in sales as the ski industry boomed. When my daughter was born I sold the ski business and became a stay-at-home mom entrepreneur, selling custom portraits of children and pets through mail order and specialty shops (that's yesterday's equivalent of an internet business). I sold the portrait business after five years and entered the University of Pittsburgh M.B.A. program, majoring in Accounting and Finance. I graduated Magna cum Laude and I worked as Assistant Controller and Systems Analyst for a large industrial foundry and rolling mill in Eastern Ohio. Two very cold winters later I moved to Southern California to be Project Financial Analyst and Internal Auditor at Hughes Aircraft. I moved to Disney to manage the financial affairs for several divisions at the park as well as the construction of Thunder Mountain Railroad. I left Disney to work as a Special Projects Consultant for Shell Oil, then spent 11-1/2 years at Digital Equipment Corporation. At DEC I worked directly with the Western Vice President of Sales, managing the budgeting, reporting, and awards programs for a 300 person sales force. I also served as executive partner to several aerospace and banking companies, wrote the strategic plan for a new $50 million venture, served as national training manager for the Finance and Accounting organization, and as training liaison between Finance and Accounting and the sales group. In 1992 I took early retirement and became a SCORE volunteer. Currently, I work part-time doing marketing, accounting, and financial planning for a small family owned firm. I also consult periodically with the Cal State Fullerton School of Business Entrepreneurship program and run three small businesses: consulting for several former employers, art beading and freelance writing

Resume

Education

BA, University of Pittsburgh, Cum Laude -- Studio Art Major, Theater and dance minor MBA, University of Pittsburgh, Magna Cum Laude, Finance and Accounting. 5 time winner,&nbsp;Chapter Cyber Counselor of the Year Award. Over 20 years as a SCORE mentor.</p>

Philip Greene

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Philip Greene

Current City: New Rochelle, NY

Expert in Business Start ups, Buying and Selling a Business, related Business Valuation, Business Plans, Business Legal Forms, Obtaining Financing.  Specialize in Restaurants, Retail, Medical Services, Manufacturing and Natural Resources.  1965 to 2003 W.R.Grace & Co. Corporate Vice President of Finance. For last 25 years negotiated worldwide acquisitions and divestment's of various businesses ranging from $25 million to over $1 billion. Coordinated due diligence, both in house and third party, including work of independent accountants, investment bankers and attorneys. Negotiated financial and purchase price sections of relevant agreements and reviewed other documents. Resolved all post closing purchase price adjustments and business issues. Worked closely with investment bankers in achieving corporate value objectives.  Director of Internal Audit for two years.  Prior to 1980 was responsible for both internal and external world wide financial reporting. Corporate business plan and financing initiator. Start up business initiator. 1960 to 1965 PriceWaterhouseCoopers LLC. CPA

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Education

Columbia University Graduate School of Business. MS degree in Accounting. University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business. BS in Marketing

Anita F Khayat

Anita Khayat, SCORE Volunteer

Anita F Khayat

Current City: Beachwood, OH
Chapter: Cleveland SCORE

 

Fourteen years as Executive Officer for a network of 300+ medical centers conducting pediatric cancer research.   Responsible for strategic planning, overall direction and management of organization,

Eight years as Vice President for Professional Services and Medical Affairs at a large teaching hospital managing all physician directed departments, training programs, recruitment of physicians, and medical affairs. 

Previous  positions as Director of Laboratory Services and Director of Research, clinical scientist, and special drug monitoring and special test development.. 

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Education

BS:  Chemistry,

MS: Molecular Biology,

PhD: Regulatory Biology. 

Post-doctoral fellowship in Pharmacology. 

Executive MBA. 

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