Homeowner Services/Home Improvement

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.

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.  

Importance of Cash Management in a Small Business

Summary

Learn why Cash Management is critical to Small Business success

Bob Reynolds

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Holden, MA

Chapter: Worcester SCORE

Languages:English

How I can help you

30 years in the Medical Industry in the following roles;  sales, sales training, and sales leadership.   Skills include recruiting, negotiation, training/development, coaching, and leadership

Areas of expertise

Industry Experience

Education

<p> Colby College BA- Business Administration and Math</p> <p> Assumption MBA- Business Administration with a minor in Marketing</p>

Communication methods

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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

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Mount Pleasant, SC

Languages:English

How I can help you

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.

Areas of expertise

Industry Experience

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>

Communication methods

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Don Schafer

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Waretown, NJ

Languages:English

How I can help you

Areas of expertise

Industry Experience

Education

n/a

Communication methods

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Michael Cunningham

Available

Rancho Cordova, CA

Chapter: Sacramento SCORE

Languages:English

How I can help you

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.

Areas of expertise

Industry Experience

Education

Baccalaureate of Electrical Engineering
 

Communication methods

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