Published Feb. 8, 2013
Q: What are limited liability companies (“LLCs”), and what should businesses know
A: LLCs are a new type of business entity that emerged in the early 1990s. They have many important legal and tax characteristics, but the key ones are these:
Liability shield. LLCs provide their owners (called “members”) with a statutory liability shield that is essentially identical to the corporate shield.
Published Feb. 7, 2013
I’ve recently taken my business plan for a new and innovative consumer product to several banks seeking funding, but have had no success. What are some other financing options that might be available to me?
Published Jan. 16, 2013
My partner and I have been running our laser engraving business ourselves for the past two years. We’ve reached the point now where we’re both completely maxed out, so we’re considering hiring at least one employee. Where do we start Read more.....
Celia B Bell
Current City: Austin, TX
Experience in: Start up small business, marketing, growing and managing business in multiple locations in US, budgeting, strategic planning, hiring and managing staff off site, commercial real estate, reviewing leases, building and designing office spaces, analyzing financial statements from multiple locations, managing non profit organization. Extremely knowledgeably in business strategy and planning.
Serve as a mentor in Austin, Texas as well as thru SCORE email mentoring. Before retiring as Executive Vice President of Operations and Center Development for BusinesSuites, Celia was responsible for center-level operations and the transitions of newly developed or acquired centers. Over fourteen years of experience in the development, integration and management of business centers. She successfully grew the business from 40 offices in one center in 1989 to 416 offices in five centers in 1997, including the integration of five acquired centers. Previous to her association with BusinesSuites, she was an officer at Bank One, Texas in Austin. She was also the executive director of two not for profit organizations in Chicago, Ill. She is a retired businesswoman and one time user of SCORE.
BS University of Texas, Graduate work at University of Arkansas, University of Texas, University of Illinois and Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.
Current City: New Rochelle, NY
Expert in Business Start ups, Buying and Selling a Business, related Business Valuation, Business Plans, Business Legal Forms, Obtaining Financing. Specialize in Restaurants, Retail, Medical Services, Manufacturing and Natural Resources. 1965 to 2003 W.R.Grace & Co. Corporate Vice President of Finance. For last 25 years negotiated worldwide acquisitions and divestment's of various businesses ranging from $25 million to over $1 billion. Coordinated due diligence, both in house and third party, including work of independent accountants, investment bankers and attorneys. Negotiated financial and purchase price sections of relevant agreements and reviewed other documents. Resolved all post closing purchase price adjustments and business issues. Worked closely with investment bankers in achieving corporate value objectives. Director of Internal Audit for two years. Prior to 1980 was responsible for both internal and external world wide financial reporting. Corporate business plan and financing initiator. Start up business initiator. 1960 to 1965 PriceWaterhouseCoopers LLC. CPA
Columbia University Graduate School of Business. MS degree in Accounting. University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business. BS in Marketing
David P Conley
Current City: Middleton, MA
36 years at Boston Federal Savings Bank. President of the bank for 8 years prior to the bank's sale in 2005. Most of career spent in lending, operations, marketing, and managing acquisitions. The bank went public in 1995 and grew to $2B though mergers and acquisitions and had 17 offices in the greater Boston area. Skills potentially useful to clients include an understanding of what lenders want from clients, experience with business plans from a financial and marketing perspective, and the experience of managing personnel, budgets, and customer relations in several small subsidiary companies.
Boston College & University of Illinois College of Law
Eli C Frank
Current City: San Francisco, CA
I practiced law in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, for over 30 years with a focus on small business, corporate, real estate, condominium and franchise law. I also developed and managed many commercial and residential properties; owned and operated a major hotel; developed and operated a non-equity country club; developed condominiums, and built single-family homes. More recently, I have served as CFO of a lighting supply company, developed and operated a meat business producing sausages, and co-owned and operated an employment/staffing business. My SF SCORE counseling is thus as broad and varied as my business and legal experience permits. I am a problem solver who likes nothing better than to figure a way out of a dilemma. I am particularly pleased when a client says, before the end of the hour, you answered all of my questions and I understand what I have to do. I counsel face-to-face and via email and phone.
<p> BA from Drake University and Juros Doctoris from Marquette University College of Law</p> <p> </p> <p> </p>
Current City: Gainesville, FL
1972-1976 Attorney in private practice 1976-1988 Operation and ownership of multi-store convenience store chain 1989-2006 Operation and ownership of contemporary American craft gallery 2007- Retired
<p> <p> 1969 BA, University of Florida 1972 JD, University of Virginia 1976 Master of Law, University of Miami, Florida</p></p>
I am a semi-retired professor of Building Construction. I have licenses and have practiced as an Architect (RA), Professional Engineer (PE), Class A contractor (GC _ A), a real Estate Broker and am a certified Project Management Professional (PMP). I teach project management as well as Real Estate Development courses on line globally. I travel extensively and reside in Miami Beach 33139, over the winter months. I would enjoy working with an upstart company entrepreneur on a one to one basis. I have made enough mistakes in my lifetime so I know I could be of some assistance.
Bo AE, M of AE Dr. Construction Management