Homeowner Services/Home Improvement

B.E.R. Enterprises, LLC, DBA Veterans Integrity Exteriors

Problem: Homeowners in Minnesota face the never-ending possibility of damage caused by weather conditions such as hail, heavy snow, tornadoes, high winds and torrential rains. The potential for weather-related damage is always present regardless of the season.                   

Challenge:  Finding a reliable contractor to work with when damage occurs is difficult and can result in a frustrating and costly experience for the homeowner.

Solution:  Provide home repair and renovation services based on the guiding principal of integrity. That’s what Blake Rothnem decided to do in 2005. The concept is simple but effective: Provide consistently superior service that exceeds homeowner expectations.

Owner/Founder
Blake Rothnem
My Location
16522 Edison Street
Ham Lake MN 55304
United States
My Successes

Business Description: Blake’s business, which now operates under the name Veterans Integrity Exteriors, specializes in repairing homes that that have been damaged by Minnesota’s weather. His customers have come to rely on him for his knowledge of building codes, his ability to deal with insurance companies and his personal integrity. In fact, referrals have become an important part of his sales. Since beginning work with SCORE, Blake has significantly built his business. His sales in 2014 far exceeded his volume for the previous two years. With this success, Blake was able to get an SBA loan that will provide much needed working capital for his planned growth.

The Future:  With timely updates to his business plan, Blake plans to focus even more on roofing repairs and replacements. This specialty offers the best volume potential along with the best cash flow. And, it’s a category in need of integrity. Veterans Integrity Exteriors can fill that need.

What's Great About My Mentor?

“Bill gave me the critical insight I needed to focus on my business plan and become a better entrepreneur.  Thanks Bill!” – Blake Rothnem, Owner.

How SCORE Helped

Blake first learned of
SCORE while doing research on the SBA website. He
made an application for free mentoring and was
assigned to Bill Collette. Bill’s background in contracting
proved to be extremely valuable to Blake. Bill suggested
that focus would be very important and that the best
way to acquire and fine-tune that focus was to do a
business plan. Through this process, Blake learned the
difference between a scattered, haphazard approach to
his business and a truly focused approach.

See the PDF file for this Success Story.

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.

Resume

Education

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

Michael Cunningham

Michael Cunningham

Current City: Rancho Cordova, CA
Chapter: Sacramento SCORE

Owned and operated a retail business which provided woodworking tools, supplies, exotic lumber, classes, and advice. The business employed 11 full- and part-time employees and grossed over $1.7M annually. Hands-on management of sales, marketing, inventory control operations. Applied a number of data-base technology solutions for more efficient operation of the business.

Held hardware and software engineering positions extending through senior level management. Specific technology areas included CAD hardware, RISC workstations, disk and tape controller and driver software, hardware quality assurance/control, software quality assurance. The latter specializing in process control, methods, and metrics.

Resume

Ask SCORE

            I recently opened a sports memorabilia shop and now want to add an online component to sell my merchandise via the Internet. I plan to hire someone to design my website, but am looking for advice to provide that person with guidance and direction

           Nearly every small business has a website today…and no wonder. A 2011 Pew Internet study found that nearly half of all searches for local businesses are conducted online (newspapers finished a distant second). And usually, a company’s website is the first place prospective customers go when those search engine results come up.

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

Sonia Huntzinger

Sonia Huntzinger

Current City: York, PA

Economic development professional specializing in the revitalization of commercial districts through small business attraction and retention.   

Resume

Education

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA.

Ask SCORE

            I’ve operated a local convenience store for almost seven years, never taking off more than an occasional weekend or holiday. Every time I plan a vacation, something comes up. How do I break this pattern before I burn out?

Ask SCORE

            I’ve operated a local convenience store for almost seven years, never taking off more than an occasional weekend or holiday. Every time I plan a vacation, something comes up. How do I break this pattern before I burn out?

 

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.

This document walks you thru the steps for starting a for profit business in Southwest Michigan.  It includes URL's for the various websites you will want to visit. While a few of the the items are specific to Berrien County, most of the  information applies to any part of Michigan

Ask SCORE

          I’m confused about the rules for paying employees overtime. Can you explain them to me? 

         Should you be paying overtime to your employees? The answer is: it depends.

          Under the U.S. Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), employers are required to pay overtime to most hourly employees who work more than 40 hours a week for businesses that take in more than $500,000 a year in revenue.

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. 

Workshop Poster 1st. qtr. 2015

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