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          I’m in the process of establishing a graphic design/web development business. 
Should I form a corporation? 

 

CHOOSING YOUR BUSINESS ENTITY
By Attorney Ruth-Ellen Post


The four most common forms of business structure are:

  • LLC (Limited Liability Company)
  • CORPORATION (Conventional and Subchapter S)
  • PROPRIETORSHIP
  • PARTNERSHIP

The following outlines provide very general information on some of the main
similarities and differences among these business structures in six key areas:

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. 

 

Robert Levitt

Robert Levitt

Current City: West Chester, PA

I have been in business over 40 years. I have held the designations of CPA (practiced for 7 years), CFP, Securities Series 7 Licensed, Ohio Realtor License but I have been primarily for the last 32 years an entrepreneur and business owner. I have owned an Investment Advisor to a family of No Load Mutual Funds (Sold to Provident Bank). Owned a Canadian manufacturer of alcohol , iodine and glass cleaning swabs which was subsequently sold. Started an Ohio Real Estate, Mortgage and Title company which assisted home owners in selling their homes for $995. I have recently worked as a marketing consultant to a National provider of BPM (Business Process Management) systems being sold to provide compliant data storage to Broker Dealers ad Banks.

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Education

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BA in Economics from Northwestern University (1972) and a MBA from The University of Michigan(1974)</p>

Rajesh M Koppikar

Rajesh Koppikar

Rajesh M Koppikar

Current City: Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Chapter: Palm Beach SCORE

Over 36 years of international work experience (in India,Germany & USA) in Quality Assurance, Vendor Audit/Evaluation, ISO 9000 audits, Global Procurement, Supply Chain Management, Materials/Warehouse Management, ERP (SAP) implementation, IT Application Support, Business Process Engineering and e-Business. Worked in Naval Dockyard/Mazagon Dock Ltd./Siemens/Gulf Oil/Florida Power & Light.  Certified ISO 9000 auditor (Bureau Veritas Quality International), Six Sigma Yellow Belt & Lean. Retired from Florida Power & Light.

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Education

<ol> <li> Electronics &amp; Telecommunication Engineering.&nbsp;</li> <li> ISO 9000 Auditor</li> <li> Six Sigma Yellow Belt</li> <li> Lean</li> </ol>

John Carpenter

John Carpenter

Current City: Sanbornton, NH

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Education

B.A. Economics - University of Maine; M.A. Economics - University of Massachusetts; M.S. Finance - Bentley College

Donald R Reid

Donald R Reid

Current City: Ponte Vedra, FL

DONALD R. REID, MBA, PMP

648 Wandering Woods Way

Ponte Vedra, FL  32081

(904) 373-0777 – home

reid7424@gmail.com

 

 

CAREER SUMMARY

 

  • Proactive Information Technology professional with global experience in world-class companies.Realistic, future-focused understanding of Healthcare, Manufacturing, Retail, and Power Generation industries.

  • Engineered successful strategies to enable dynamic business growth or contraction through new products, acquisition due diligence, start-up or divestiture planning, and services outsourcing.

  • Effective communicator who fosters on-going collaboration between matrixed team members, stakeholders, and business partners. Embraces new challenges to deliver competitive advantage and sustained operational performance.

  • Innovative problem solver known for improving organization’s success.  Leadership skills leverage varied technical background.  Expertise in process restructuring, software engineering, proactive quality assurance, configuration management, and production audits.

  • Lifetime learner.  MBA complemented by industry certifications (e.g., PMI, APICS) and on-going, relevant education.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

 

Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings         , Burlington, NC                                              April, 2003 – October, 2013

IS Director – Lab Systems

$4B healthcare, laboratory-testing company.   Manage project office; portfolio includes roughly 25-concurrent, strategic projects with measurable, operational impact. Comply with CAP, CLIA, FDA, HIPPA, and Sarbanes Oxley regulations.  Previously supervised 3-fast paced Java and .Net teams engaged in web development and business process normalization using mainframes and distributed servers (38-person, $4.2M budget).

  • Re-functioned legacy, Customer Service applications with J2EE thin-client replacement to consolidate 53 call centers into 13, facilitate client satisfaction improvements, reduce application training from 45 days to 1, re-engineer call response process, and introduce metrics-driven, call volume analysis.

  • Reduced lost business by 4% and internal costs by 10% through cross-functional team addressing Corporate Customer Retention and selective software enhancements.

  • Implemented high volume end-to-end specimen tracking tool. Provides real-time, work in process status for 53-labs as well as providing specimen cycle time comparisons.

  • Ensured that corporate-wide infrastructure (LAN’s, WAN, servers, and instrument interfaces) was upgraded and certified in 2 months to support new client who added 15% incremental volume.

  • Published corporate development methodology, defined career development programs, authored IT performance metrics, and introduced project management standards plus templates.

     

    Solectron Technology, Inc, Charlotte, NC                                                                                                      July, 1995 – April, 2003

                Information Technology Manager

    Supervised divisional, 42-person database administration, development, network engineering, and operations staff of $18B multi-national, contract electrical manufacturer (Malcom Baldridge award winner).  Managed matrixed, virtual teams (domestic / international plus direct / contract resources) in system integration and development projects using distributed client servers.  Hosted international EDI operations center.

  • Participated in acquisition due diligence evaluations and subsequent implementation of ERP II at $1B domestic and international manufacturing plants. Tailored accounting applications (AP, AR, Cost Accounting, Fixed Assets, General Ledger, and Payroll) to local standards.Delivered 50% schedule reduction for comprehensive ERP II conversions / implementations.          

  • Reduced 9-plant, $110M IT budget to $71.6M run rate in 12-months.Sustained operation’s service levels and customer base.

  • Restructured IT services at 4 acquired manufacturing plants during 3-year period.Scope included staff assessment, application replacement (ERP II; shop floor, quality control, and warehouse management; office applications), telecommunications and infrastructure upgrades, and performance metrics standardization.Typically generated a $1.5M budget reduction.

  • Enabled EDI and Internet communication via centralized development and operations for 14 Americas plants.Realized reduced operating costs while improving customer satisfaction and cutting both DSO and materials acquisition costs.

  • Had senior role in $80M global IT outsourcing due diligence and contract management strategy that encompassed infrastructure (computer operations, database administration, help desk, and network management) and software development.

     

    Progress Energy (Carolina Power & Light), Southport, NC                                                             June, 1992 – July, 1995

                Computer Support Manager

    Active participant in nuclear power plant turnaround – i.e., plant graduated from NRC watch list to top quartile performer in less than 2-years.  Built customer focused organization (25-person, $4.8M budget).  Maintained fault-tolerant operations while successfully completing multiple, complex projects.

  • Executed site-wide, network strategy to integrate business and engineering services.Standardized software, enhanced disaster recovery, instituted a Help Desk, and re-skilled end users.

  • Plant achieved $10M labor and material cost reduction through installation of Plant Maintenance Planning and Scheduling system.

  • Directed implementation of plant’s Process Computer and Security Computer systems.

     

    Coca-Cola Foods, Houston, TX                                                                                                                                  October, 1986 – May, 1992

                Manager of Systems and Programming

    Managed development and maintenance for $1.7B consumer goods division consisting of 7 manufacturing plants and 79 field sales offices ($3.6M budget).

  • Realized $15M inventory reduction and improved asset utilization by integrating a ERP II/Production Scheduling system into 7 manufacturing plants and 3 contract packing operations.

  • Achieved $100M sales growth and eight person reduction by developing a proprietary Order Entry / Processing application that instituted progressive pricing and promotional strategies.

  • Designed and installed Promotion Control application for administering a $120M marketing budget.Immediately eliminated serious control weaknesses.

     

    Anderson Clayton Foods, Dallas, TX                                                                                                 August, 1982 – October, 1986

                Information Systems Manager

    Supervised software development and operations for a $400M food manufacturer (18-person staff).  Performed control and functional audits.

  • Realized 27% ROI by implementing integrated Accounting, Order Entry / Processing, and Sales Analysis software project at specialty products division.

  • Reduced plant downtime by 35% and parts inventory and overtime by 15% by Plant Maintenance system implementation.Application also established basis for predictive plant maintenance program, improved repair vs. replacement decisions, and enabled capital equipment standardization.

     

     

EDUCATION

MBA – Northern Illinois University

BS – Northern Illinois University

Certification: Project Management Institute (PMP)

Certification:  American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS)

 

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TECHNICAL ADDENDUM

 

 

INDUSTRY BACKGROUND

 

Clinical Laboratory Testing                               Contract Electronics Manufacturing                               Food Manufacturing / Marketing    Electric Utility Power Generation      Retail Management / Marketing

 

 

PROFESSIONAL SKILLS

 

Strategic Business Planning                               Line & Project Management                                             Budget / Financial Management

Performance Improvement                                               Organization Development                                               Outsourcing Due Diligence / Contract Mgmt

Business Restructuring                                       Application Design / Development                  Hardware / Software Evaluations

Quality Software Engineering                           Facilities Planning / Management                    Disaster Recovery Planning / Validation

Procedures / Methodologies                              JAD / Prototyping                                                                                Contract Negotiations

 

 

APPLICATIONS EXPERTISE

 

Accounting / Finance:        Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, Activity Based Accounting, Cost Accounting, Fixed Assets, General Ledger, Route Settlement, Brokerage / Commissions, Payroll / Human Resources, Invoicing

 

B 2 B                                      EDI, Web Services

 

Lab Operations                    Customer Service, Lab Workflow, Order Entry, Results Reporting, Specimen Management

 

Distribution:                                          Order Entry / Processing, Bills of Lading, Freight Consolidation, Freight Estimation / Payment, Freight Lane Evaluation, Fleet Maintenance, Distribution Requirements Planning

 

Manufacturing:                   ERP, Shop Floor Control, Work in Process Tracking, Failure Analysis, Plant Maintenance, Feeder Verification, Labor Collection, Vendor Managed Inventory

 

Sales / Marketing:               Customer Service, Sales Analysis, Forecasting, Promotion Planning / Analysis, Profitability Analysis, Route Sales, Marketing

 

 

TECHNICAL BACKGROUND

 

Software Vendors:                              Artemis, Baan, Computer Associates, Datalogics, Fourth Shift, Gentran, Genrad, McCormack Dodge, MSA, etc.

Languages:                           Assembler, C/C++, CAD/ CAE, COBOL, FOCUS, J2EE / Java, .Net, PowerBuilder, RAMIS, SAS, Visual Basic

Databases:                                            DB2, IMS, Oracle, SQL Server, Sybase

Hardware:                                                             IBM & Unisys Mainframes, Midrange Computers, Client Servers, Bar Code Scanners, OCR,

Data & Voice Communications, Video-conferencing

Operating Systems:             Banyan-Vines, DOS, Linux, Novell-Netware, NT, UNIX(AIX, HP-UX, Solaris), MS Windows, VMS, z/OS

Communications:                               CICS, EDI, LAN, Internet, RJE, WAN, Web Services, WebSphere MQ

 

 

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS & HONORS

 

Certified: Project Management Institute at PMP level

Certified: American Production & Inventory Control Society

Information Technology Council (ITC) – Chamber of Commerce

Data Processing Management Association (Association of Information Technology Professionals)

Grocery Manufacturers Association

Sigma Iota Epsilon (Business Honorary)

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Education

&lt;p&gt;
MBA &amp;ndash; Northern Illinois University&lt;/p&gt;

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BS &amp;ndash; Northern Illinois University&lt;/p&gt;

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Certification: Project Management Institute (PMP)&lt;/p&gt;

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Certification:&amp;nbsp; American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS)&lt;/p&gt;

TreeSleeve

We started with an idea for a new approach to single use items. TreeSleeve was founded with a rebellious spirit and a lofty objective; to mobilize the coffee industry into a force of good against deforestation through great design.

We use 3 billion coffees sleeves per year deforesting about half a million trees. Instead, TreeSleeves are made of 100% upcycled sugarcane meaning no new trees or wildlife is destroyed to create our product. Additionally, for every TreeSleeve sold, we plant a tree in a deforested part of the world. Tree planting revitalizes communities by providing jobs, fostering economic development, and decreasing the effects of harmful natural disasters like flooding, erosion and climate change. (visit www.treesleeve.com for more information)

SCORE has been by our side from the beginning.

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Owner/Founder
Ray Fraser
My Location
Hartford CT
United States
How SCORE Helped

I've been working with SCORE mentors for a year. I came with an idea of a reusable product. With SCORE's help, a product was developed, tested and consumer tested. I could not have done this without them (SCORE)!

Rocky Smolin

Rocky Smolin

Current City: Del Mar, CA

40 years as an independent software developer - custom and commercial applications for small business - expertise in manufacturing systems; small systems hardware and software;

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Education

B.S. Business Administration, Bradley University 1970

M.B.A. Information Systems and Finance, San Diego State, 1974

Jim Schlusemann

JIm Schlusemann

Jim Schlusemann

Current City: Batavia, IL
Chapter: Fox Valley SCORE

Jim Schlusemann is a transformational business leader who improves profitability and impacts business process and performance across multiple industries. Jim brings immediate value and impact by leveraging his experience to help companies navigate growth and change. As Founder and President of Prosperia International, a business consulting firm, he is focusing on business and process improvement.

   Jim began his career as a machinist, setting up, operating and programming conventional and CNC machines that made parts for construction equipment, engines and trucks at Navistar, a global manufacturing company. He held positions of process, industrial, and systems engineer. After introducing computers to factory floor operations, Jim achieved the executive position of Chief Information Officer for Navistar’s engine business. In that role, he directed initiatives that expanded business operations to Brazil, Mexico, India and China. He later helped Navistar re-launch manufacturing foundries in Indiana and Wisconsin.

  His career spans the gamut of life on the production floor, leading major company initiatives, improving business practices as well as bringing insight to the strategic issues facing organizations in today's world.

Experience

Prosperia International LLC - 2013 - Present

Independent business advisor specializing in business development, transformation and optimization.

Navistar, Inc., Lisle Illinois - 1973 - 2013

Global Business Development Executive --  2009-2012

Built entire business teams and led initiatives that expanded business operations in the US, Brazil, Mexico, India and China.

Information Technology Executive --  1987-2009

20+ years’ experience in IT, including 16-years as Global Chief Information Officer (CIO) for Navistar’s Engine Group.

Manufacturing operations and Management --  1973-1987

10+ year’s experience in manufacturing operations, industrial and manufacturing engineering.

 

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Education

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<u><strong>North Central College, Naperville, Illinois</strong></u></p>

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&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;- MS MIS&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p>

<p>
&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;- BA Business Management (<em>minor</em> Computer Science)</p>

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College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, Illinois</p>

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&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; - AAS Manufacturing Technology</p>

Ask SCORE

            I own a small advertising agency, as well as being a wife and mother. I constantly read about women who “have it all” and would love to be one of them. How do they do it?

            “If only I had more time….”

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.

Edward Gromada

Edward Gromada

Current City: Jamestown, RI
Chapter: Rhode Island

2011 to Present Retired

2009 to 2011 BLACKBERRY, INC.  WATERLOO, ON, CANADA
Consultant: Strategic Business Development

2000 to 2009 GLOBALWARE SOLUTIONS, INC.  HAVERHILL, MA
Vice President, Global Business Development (2004 to 2009)
Director, Global Marketing Operations (2002 to 2004)
Director of Global Business Integration (2000 to 2002)

1998 to 2000 IPC COMMUNICATION SERVICES, INC.  RONCQ, FRANCE
Vice President/General Manager, Europe

1995 to 1998 SEAGATE TECHNOLOGY, INC.  HEATHROW, FL
Director, Operations

1992 to 1995 THE GCS GROUP, INC.  BELMONT, MA
Principal

1977 to 1992 POLAROID CORPORATION  CAMBRIDGE, MA
General Manager

1974 to 1977 ANALOG DEVICES INCORPORATED  NORWOOD, MA
Senior Analyst

1971 to 1974 PWC LLP  BOSTON, MA
Senior Auditor

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Education

Northeastern University  Boston, MA
Certificate in Advanced Studies in International Business, Post MBA Study

Northeastern University  Boston, MA
Masters of Business Administration

University of Massachusetts  North Dartmouth, MA
Bachelor of Science, Business Management

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