Homeowner Services/Home Improvement

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

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.

Resume

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. 

John Miller

John Miller

Current City: Scottsdale, AZ

VP of Refining, Refining Facilities Manager, Corporate Refining, Commercial and Operations Planning Manager, and Business Development/Acquisition Manager; for Independent and Major Corporations.  Broad experience in developing and purchasing new businesses, expanding and improving existing businesses-performances, and contracting-delivering many different business and consumer goods & services into local and national markets.

During my career I developed the skills and reputation for analyzing, troubleshooting and improving different businesses’ performances, including reliably delivering quality goods & services to markets-customers, and increasing short- and longer term business financial performance.

Expert in business development and operations improvement, purchasing and selling businesses, manufacturing and products/services development, supply chains and projects management, and developing many technologies.  Available for face-to-face Counseling on Mondays 10 AM-2 PM at the Greater Phoenix SCORE office at E. Thomas Rd. and N. Central Ave. (September-May) and by Email year-round.

Professional Experience and Resume:

  • - During College years I owned and operated an independent auto repair shop.

  • - 25 years experience in the oil, gas and power businesses.  Started as an Engineer with responsibilities to monitor, analyze, troubleshoot, improve and optimize Refining and Chemical Plant processing units.  Over the years I held and advanced through numerous positions including Projects Design, Development & Management, Engineering Manager, and Plant Manager of multiple Refiners.

  • - 10 years experience at the Corporate Management level.  Responsibilities included VP of Refining, Refining & Commercial Operations Planning, Optimization and Strategy Development Manager, Business Development Manager including Corporation acquisitions-mergers and major asset evaluations-acquisitions, and Supply Chain Management.

  • - After retiring from Corporate life, became an Energy Consultant and Researcher.  Most recently joined the SCORE team to counsel and mentor entrepreneurs, new business startups, and help improve-grow existing small businesses.

Resume

Education

B.S. degrees in Chemical Engineering and Chemistry from UC Davis, CA, and a MBA from Saint Marys/UC Berkley, CA; Certified Professional Engineer in CA

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. 

Resume

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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Nilgun Foley

Nilgun Foley

Nilgun Foley

Current City: Norwalk, CT

My professional training is in banking and finance. I held credit & lending, business origination, relationship management, and budget + planning positions in multinational banks / companies, medium sized businesses, and also worked independently as a consultant. In 2013, I founded my professional organizing & project management business as a solopreneur. I am very familiar with social media marketing for emerging businesses, can address small business owners' finance related questions, and provide guidance to organize their time, papers and staff better in order to stay in control and not get overwhelmed.

Resume

Education

BA in Economics, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY 1983 - Phi Beta Kappa