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Katarzyna (Kasia) Dec

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Orchard Park, NY

Languages:English, Polish

How I can help you

Freelance Business Consultant, December 2012 – present

  • Consulting and coaching entrepreneurs and start-up companies
  • Advising on long-term strategic growth opportunities
  • Evaluation and forecast of business trends
  • Development and help with implementation of the Business Plans
  • Identification and recommendation of new business and market opportunities
  • Performing cost-benefit analysis

Buffalo MBA Consulting, Senior Consultant and VP of Public Relations, December 2010 – June 2012

  • Ensured a common understanding by setting expectations in accordance with the Project Plan, in order to align the stakeholders and team members
  • Ensured meeting the deadlines by participating in resource planning, effectively planning, organizing, prioritizing, and delegating assignments to project team members and following up on their individual progress
  • Kept management and key stakeholders well informed on a timely basis on project progress, status and/or concerns for each assignment
  • Developed project metrics and facilitated project scorecard development and progress
  • Provided team mentoring and support
  • Facilitated communication and negotiation within the project teams
  • Ensured the team had the resources required to meet its goals

Adventure Center Travel Agency, Sales and Operations Assistant and Independent Quality Control Contractor, October 2005 – June 2007

  • Determined if the project activities comply with organizational policies, processes and procedures
  • Performed audit and process analysis
  • Planned Quality Control tools and techniques

Stowarzyszenie Plenipotentow J.Tadeusza, Non-profit Organization, Assistant Director, April 1999 - November 2004

  • Obtained project plan approval from the customer in order to formalize the project management approach
  • Conducted fundraising
  • Developed and managed project schedule status, resources, deliverables, issues, and timelines throughout the project with input from the application managers, business partners, and project team
  • Coordinated the events with city government, sponsors, potential participants, staff, and volunteers

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Industry Experience

Education

<p> <strong>University at Buffalo, </strong>The State University of New York<strong>, MBA,</strong> May 2012</p> <p> <strong>University of Gdansk, </strong>Poland, <strong>MA</strong>, October 2001</p>

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          Our veterinary practice began doing online marketing, including social media, about six
months ago. We believe it’s having a positive impact, but would like to know how we can
accurately measure its effectiveness.  

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       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

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            I recently purchased a children’s daycare center. The previous owner did not treat the staff well, and my top priority is to correct that situation. How do you suggest I accomplish that?

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.

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       I own a software development company. While I wouldn’t consider myself disorganized,
at the end of most days I can’t help feeling I haven’t accomplished what I set out to do that day.
What can I do to better manage my 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.
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Stephen Engelhardt

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Sun Lakes, AZ

Languages:English

How I can help you

I am a sales and marketing expert, especially for high tech products. I also have heavy management, HR and hiring and training skills. My primary career focus was the sale of computers, software other high tech products to a wide range of businesses, especially the financial industry. I worked my way up to the Vice President level by proving that I could develop staff and produce exceptional levels of performance.

I believe my success with customers was due to two primary elements: showing the customer how my product would affect his profit and effective, timely follow-up.

My expertise is in sales, trade shows,, marketing, selection and training of sales personnel, prospecting, pricing. compensation plans, sales expense control, proposal writing and government bidding. I also also quite experienced in a variety of effective forecasting methods.

I heavy industry experience in banking, security, postal, unemployment tax cost control, government, retail, manufacturing, non-profit, etc.

Areas of expertise

Industry Experience

Education

Master of Business Administration, University of Phoenix.  Bachelor of Business Administration, University of Texas, Arlington. Various Formal Corporate Training Programs such as: Sales, Sales Management, Computer Programming. EEOC and HIPPA

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       I’ve been approached by a lead generation service. Do they really work, and if not, what other means of generating leads can you suggest?

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.

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Randall Ferrian

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Plymouth, MN

Languages:English

How I can help you

My professional background has included many years of corporate experience in the area of facilities management within the utility and healthcare industries. I've also created a company in the business brokerage arena (buying and selling main street businesses for clients). Within our family, my wife and I have started and operated several small to medium sized businesses as well. I normally counsel as a SCORE E-Mail Mentor, but am also open to "face-to-face" mentoring on Saturdays or evenings at a location arranged between us. I have a passion for small businesses and the brave souls who take the entrepreneurship leap, so schedule an appointment or contact me to get started.

Areas of expertise

Industry Experience

Education

I have a bachelors degree in business administration and several industry certifications. I have many years of experience in the areas of (1) small business start-ups, (2) small business financial management, (3) small business strategic growth, and (4) small business marketing.

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Bob Pancoast

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Stevensville, MI

Languages:English

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Areas of expertise

Industry Experience

Education

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University of Illinois</p>

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       I started my refrigeration repair business six months ago and am now at the point of 
needing to interview candidates for my first employee. I’ve never done this before. What tips can 
you offer?

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.
       Have a question you’d like answered in this column? E-mail it to info@score-manchester.org, with “Ask SCORE” in the subject line.

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       I’m currently in the planning stage for a new retail bakery. I’m going to need some funding for equipment, but my personal credit history is a bit spotty. How much is that going to hurt me, and how can I combat it?

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.
       Have a question you’d like answered in this column? E-mail it to info@score-manchester.org, with “Ask SCORE” in the subject line.

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