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Considerations When Using Independent Contractors slides presented by Katie Marble at SCORE's November 2014 meeting.

About the Author

Katie Kiernan Marble

Marble Law Firm, PLLC

80 Palomino Lane

Suite 201

Bedford, NH  03110

Ira Carl Wolpert

Ira Carl Wolpert

Current City: Rockville, MD

I have been a lawyer for 52 years.  i was managing partner of my firm for 22  years, and then for four years Iwas executive vice president and general counsel in  the workout department  of a local savings and loan association which had properties in 19 states, consisting of condominiums, rentals and commercial properties. I have authored dozens of articles on a variety of topics, and have lectured before professional organizations.  I specialized in commercial and business matters, particularly bankruptcy cases, and have qualified as an expert witness in court in bankruptcy matters.  I am also qualified as a mediator in bankruptcy cases..  For the past 20 years I have practiced in my own firm with offices in Bethesda and Rockville, Maryland.

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Education

<p> Cornell University, BS. 1959, Industrial and Labor Relations; Georgetown Law Center, LLB., 1962; course work at George Washington Law School toward Masters Degree.</p>

Ask SCORE

          My brother-in-law has approached me about going into business with him in a home cleaning franchise. I’ve always heard one should never go into business with relatives. Is that true? 

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. 

Charles Howze

Charles Howze

Charles Howze

Current City: Coral Springs, FL
Chapter: Broward SCORE

Over 30 years of executive retail experience. Accomplished executive with extensive experience in operations, P&L management, corporate leadership and large sales volume.  A results-oriented, decisive leader with proven success in start-ups, turnaround and growth organizations.  track record of increasing sales, market penetration and growing bottom line while spearheading operational improvements to drive productivity and reduce cost.  Excel in dynamic demanding environments while remaining pragmatic and focused.  Managed multi-unit organizations for several retail formats including  big box merchandise, specialty apparel and closeout.  Worked in several regions of the US including the Southeast and the West Coast.  Recently served as COO of a small closeout retail chain located in Canada. 

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Education

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Bachelor Degree__Miles College, Birmingham, Alabama</p>

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Professional Development__University of Miami Entrepreneurial Program, Blanchard Situational Leadership,</p>

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Gallup University Great Leader Program</p>

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Dr. Thomas B Whalen

Dr. Thomas B Whalen

Current City: North Adams, MA

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Ask SCORE

          All the recent news stories about large companies having their data breached makes me wonder: What can a small business do to protect information stored in the cloud? 

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. 

Leslie A Dutchcot

Leslie A Dutchcot

Current City: State College, PA
Chapter: Central PA SCORE

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Kevin James Pollock Jr.

Kevin James Pollock Jr.

Current City: Erie, PA

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Derek Howard

Derek Howard

Current City: Linn Creek, MO

PROFSSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Countryman Business Consultants, Linn Creek & Eldon, MO   January 2002 - Current

Technology Consultant & Implementation Liaison – Technology Sales & Business Improvement Initiatives. Ensure technology implementations meet or exceed proposed delivery specifications and customer satisfaction.  This includes POS systems, debit & credit card terminals, ATM machines, and all other technical business solutions.  www.CountrymanConsultants.com

 

Business Process Consultant and Project Manager - Cultivate and maintain relationships with potential clients to promote service and product offerings.  Develop proposals, conduct presentations and finalized engagement contracts. Plan and deliver engagements, including the integration of industry best practices and appropriate business process controls, development of project timelines and allocation of project resources.  Relieve or eliminate organizational issues while streamlining daily operations and controls.  Provide multi-faceted business plans, including high-level financing and management tools to low-level process procedures and checklists.

Recent Accomplishments - Redesigned virtually all of a companies core business processes, integrated real-time business controls and management tracking measures to reduce cycle time by 87 days and annual process costs by $108,000.  Designed and installed new corporate wide information collection, automated processing and Intranet access and management systems. 

 

Holosofx Incorporated, El Segundo, CA   April 2000 – December 2003

Business Analyst & Lead Project Consultant

Lead and managed consulting engagement project teams, communicated with internal and external stakeholders.  Developed executive reports related to financial results and performance enhancement metrics.  Notable clients include Southwestern Bell Corporation, Principal Financial Group, and CNA Insurance.  This partnership was subsequently purchased by IBM Global Services in 2004.

 

Meridian Enterprises, Hazelwood, MO  March 1999 - February 2000

Pricing Estimator & Quality Assurance Manager

Developed estimation process, coordinated issue and billing closures for all departments.  Managed production requests, daily operations and supporting data collection and retention.  Implemented corporate-wide quality assurance program to existing industry standards.

 

MasterCard International, St. Louis, MO  November 1994 - February 1999

Internal IT Auditor

Completed all phases of the audit process (planning, testing and reporting).  Audited large scale transaction processing system on Mainframes, Tandem and UNIX platforms.  Identified and evaluated risks and their associated controls relative to specific business processes, business applications, data center operations and IT infrastructure.  Assessed controls for change management process, including application design, development and implementation.  Presented issues and new design proposals to CEO and staff.  Prepared support & regulatory documentation.

Network Administrator

Identified and resolved network, system and transaction processing problems.  Monitored network systems and alarm calls to ensure proactive identification and resolution of problems or issues.

 

EDUCATION

MBA - Marketing and Accounting Saint Louis University - August 1993

BBA - Finance Southwest Missouri State University - May 1991

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MBA - Marketing and Accounting Saint Louis University - August 1993</p>

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BBA - Finance Southwest Missouri State University - May 1991</p>

Small Business Loans - Slides - Citizens Bank

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