Media and Communications

Sonia Huntzinger

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York, PA

Languages:English

How I can help you

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

Areas of expertise

Industry Experience

Education

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

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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

Shridhar Pandey

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Chesterfield, MO

Chapter: St. Louis SCORE

Languages:Bengali, English, Hindi

How I can help you

Skills:

  • Domain Expertise – BSS, Ordering, Product Catalog, CRM
  • Requirements Gathering and Analysis, Solution Design, Code Development and Maintenance
  • Technologies: Java, HTML, XML, Visual Basic, Weblogic
  • Database: Oracle , SQL
  • Tools: Eclipse, ReqPro, Toad
  • Methodology: Software Development Lifecycle - Waterfall, Agile
  • Good communication, inter-personal & writing skills
  • Multilingual, Hobby Blogger and vibrant social media presence

Work Experience Summary:

1. Amdocs Inc. (St. Louis, Missouri, USA)

Duration: 3 years 5 months (September 2011 – present)

Team: Requirements and Scoping Team (AT&T U-verse and Wireless Project)

Role: Senior Analyst/Consultant

  • Involved in customer needs assessment, seeking and providing information to help customers determine their position in the marketplace
  • Review Business Requirements and Write/Review Technical Requirements
  • Identify complex problems and review related information to develop and evaluate the best cost-effective solution
  • Estimations of Upgrades/Enhancements requested by the customer
  • Use prior experiences, logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to the problem, considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions
  • Monitor/Assess the implemented solution, make improvements and take corrective action in a timely manner in order to meet quality standards for services
  • Write High Level Design documentation and Prepare High Level Solution presentations
  • Lead and train a team of on-site developers and Business analysts

2. Amdocs DVCI (Pune, India)                                                   

Duration: 2 years 3 months (July 2009 – September 2011)

Team: PBG–Order Mgmt System (PBG-OMS)

Role: Subject Matter Expert                            

  • PBG is the core product development division of Amdocs
  • Worked on Enhancements and Change Requests to Amdocs Ordering & Product Catalog Environment
  • Feasibility and timeline estimation for enhancements and new developments
  • Testing support to QA teams
  • Assisting the client in adoption and deployment of solutions
  • Production support for clients in major releases or Go-live activities
  • Participated in and led the development of a new version of the Product Catalog tool
  • Was a key player in adoption of Amdocs Ordering by Astro and in Production (Go-Live) at client site in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

3. Symantec Corp. India Ltd. (College Internship) – Pune, India

Languages used: C & Shell Scripting

  • Developed a High Availability system using Intel iSCSI (Internet-Small Computer System Interface) platform on Linux
  • Implemented Replication using RAID 1 technique
  • The project was implemented at device driver level
  • It was achieved by modifying the existing iSCSI device drivers provided by Intel
  • Winner of the best project in Storage and Systems category in PICT National level Tech-Fest (Impetus and Concepts)

Areas of expertise

Industry Experience

Education

<p> <strong>Engineering (B.E. &ndash; Information Technology)</strong></p> <p> Institute: PICT, Pune University&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Year of Completion: 2009&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; GPA: 3.7/4</p> <p> <strong>12<sup>th </sup>Grade: &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</strong></p> <p> Board: HSC, Maharashtra Board&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Year of Completion: 2005&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Percentage: 91%</p> <p> <strong>10<sup>th </sup>Grade:</strong></p> <p> Board: SSC, West Bengal Board &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Year of Completion: 2003&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Percentage: 88%</p>

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Teuta Towler

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Kitty Hawk, NC

Languages:English

How I can help you

Over 20 years of experience in administration, sales, writing, marketing and advertising. She is from Kosovo but moved to the Outer Banks, NC in 2004. Prior to moving to US she owned a cosmetic shop and later a boutique with focus on jeans. She worked for United Nations as a translator and a domestic violence advocate. Founded a women's organization Women's Life and published a monthly magazine promoting women's rights and issues.She also worked for a French Humanitarian Organization, Premiere Urgence as a manager for a humanitarian clinic.She hosted a radio talk show about women's rights and health issues. 

When she moved to the Outer Banks, she worked as an admin/marketing person for a real estate company. In the mean time, she wrote and published a crime novel in her native language. She had to learn how to promote the book online since she was away from her readers-target audience. She discovered her love for online marketing and learned all she could to promote her book and started working as freelance writer and website designer. 

She worked as freelancer for nine years and in 2013 founded Mitro Digital Marketing LLC based in her hometown Mitrovica, Kosovo and Kill Devil Hills, NC. 

 

Areas of expertise

Industry Experience

Education

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Bachelor Degree - Nursing from Xheladin Deda Nursing School , Mitrovica, Kosovo&nbsp;</p>

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Computer Programing - Associate Degree from University of Prishtina, Kosovo &nbsp;</p>

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Journalism - Associate Degree from University of Prishtina, Kosovo&nbsp;</p>

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Attended many continues education courses from&nbsp;COA and other online classes.&nbsp;</p>

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Florida Panther Media, LLC (d/b/a Villages-News.com)

We began our website in May of 2013 with the idea that there were lots of Villagers who needed a way to keep up with what was going on in The Villages while they were up north (i.e., "Snowbirds"). We also saw an opportunity in this marketplace for a completely online, digital news source.

Owner/Founder
Meta Minton
My Location
1014 Urico Golf Rd
Lady Lake FL 32159
United States
Employees
6
Year Company Formed
2013
My Successes

Our success has been measured in three particular areas of growth - 1) our overall subscription base/readership numbers, 2) our advertising revenues, and 3) diversity in our website traffic. 1) Subscription Base - We offer a daily email subscription service that is free to all users. We started this service in August of 2013 with approximately 200 subscribers. As of November, 2014, we have over 23,000 registered subscribers. Our goal in the next year is to increase our subscription base by 50 - 75%. 2) Advertising Revenue - We have grown from a handful of advertisers to over 50 local advertising accounts. We have also increased our advertising revenue through our main third-party partner, Google, over 25% since beginning our relationship in March, 2014. 3) Website Traffic Diversity - We have grown to encompass more products and offerings in the past year, including sections for Classifieds, Coupons, and Community Events, among others. These additional sections provide outlets for our visitors to explore while on our website. It has helped us increase our on-time page engagement and our average number of pages viewed for an average website visit.

What's Great About My Mentor?

All whom we have met through SCORE have provided invaluable advice, and Linda Pickwick is no different. She has been a tremendous asset throughout this process, and our development, organization, and focus in sales has improved dramatically since working with her. She has dedicated countless hours to helping us develop sales practices that we will employ in our company for years to come. Furthermore, her breadth of knowledge is evident in the variety of topics she' has helped us with, from establishing new products to resolving common human resources issues. We are grateful to SCORE and Mrs. Pickwick for helping us move forward as a company and, more importantly, as small business owners and entrepreneurs.

How SCORE Helped

SCORE has been a fundamental part of our company's success. Before we went into business, SCORE helped us develop a business plan and helped guide us to answers to some of the more difficult questions that small businesses face. We have met regularly with SCORE for help on marketing and advertising, sales training, financial projections, and a multitude of other issues.

Paul Dupuis

Paul J Dupuis

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Veazie, ME

Chapter: Bangor SCORE

Languages:English

How I can help you

I am an account executive with Time Warner Cable Media.  I sell television and digital advertising to Maine businesses.  I work mostly with small and medium sizes businesses.  My goal is to help them create effective advertising campaigns that work!

Areas of expertise

Industry Experience

Education

<p> Beal College, AS&nbsp;Degree, 1991</p> <p> New England School of Broadcasting, Certificate,1990</p> <p> Sanford High School, Diploma, 1989</p>

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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

Tahjia Chapman

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Rockingham, NC

Chapter: Sandhills SCORE

Languages:English, Spanish

How I can help you

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Content Strategist

Search engines have taken over the ease of online business and one's rank can determine if they grow or diminish in a single click of a button. My experience in search engine optimization (SEO), a relatively young field, began as an intern with an online lead generation company. Its evolved into ghostwriting for online marketing companies and small business owners unfamiliar with the importance of an online presence and/or building a reputable site that reaches a top position on Google, Yahoo and other leading search engines. 

If you're trying to figure out the basics of building an online presence, I can help you start this journey. The world of SEO and content marketing is exponential; your progress in building a solid online marketing plan is important no matter how small your company may seem. Growth requires globalization, credibility and organic content that reaches your target market. Search engine optimization (SEO) is a costly venture for most small businesses, but I will introduce techniques and lead you in a direction that exceeds your expectations while staying within your budget. 

Your budget means very little when you begin using the millions of tools and media outlets available online. I can introduce you to guerrilla marketing techniques that require very little investment as well as build the level of engagement you have with your current market.

Areas of expertise

Industry Experience

Education

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