Restaurants and Hospitality

Pearce Cinman

Pearce Cinman

Current City: Baton Rouge, LA

Pearce Cinman, a native of Atlanta, Ga, has built a career in both the public and private sector working for and with stakeholders across Louisiana for over 17 years. A graduate of the LSU Public Administration Institute, the LSU Center for Internal Audit and the LSU Ourso College of Business, Pearce has put his MPA and MBA towards researching governmental relations and policies related to Economic Development, Small Business Development, in particular Microbusiness segments, State Fiscal and Public Policy, and Higher Education. His career path includes managing a family business, working for The Louisiana House of Representatives and the Baton Rouge Area Chamber, in addition to his work in Higher Education as a faculty member. Pearce's consulting experience includes working on and managing several businesses, political campaigns and research consortia.  




BA -- 2003 Industrial Sociology

MPA -- 2007 Economic Development and Public Policy Research

MBA -- 2010 Internal Audit and Public Policy


Business Technology Program - Overview Webinar (1 of 4)


This narrated PowerPoint video provides an overview of the benefits and features of using current technology to improve your small business.  It is the first in a four-part series originally developed to provide SCORE volunteers with an overview of current technologies in order to better guide their small business clients.  However, the perspective of the narration in these videos has been changed to be appropriate for viewing directly by small business owners and managers.

Patricia Calvo

Patricia Calvo

Current City: Miami, FL
Chapter: Miami Dade

Applying in the best  interest of my employer my unique combination of professional training as a lawyer, tax specialist and MBA in areas such as: International Tax, tax planning including analysis of foreign tax credits and earned income exclusion, expatriation and dual –residency filing. Pre and post residency planning. Preparation of U.S. federal income, payroll and Estate taxes, foreign national residing in the U.S., pre     immigration and expatriation. Business valuations, mediations and Litigations support and marital dissolution services. Also notable paralegal training experiences under Employment/Family based petitions, WAVA and Political Asylum for Hispanics.  Small business advisory, risk management, business activity, quantitative and qualitative reasoning, management decisions, organizational performance and strategic planning.






2013  Masters in Business Administration

GPA 3.83


1999  Masters in Taxation



1999  Masters in Public Law



1994  Abogado (equivalent of a U.S. Juris Doctor degree)

            FIS Evaluation Report available


Elected member of Delta Mu Delta Honor Society in Business Administration

Lambda Sigma Chapter



 NSHMBA National Society of Hispanic MBA’s

Nourish Organic Market & Deli

Sheri Rop
How SCORE Helped

SCORE helped us get QuickBooks up and running for our business.  Thanks to our mentor (Joe Mierendorf) we were able to install the program, input data, and run reports.  This has been a huge help.  Not only did we get assistance with QuickBooks, but we received useful operations suggestions, accounting 101 training, systems ideas, and information on tax considerations.  SCORE has had a big impact on the way we do day-to-day business. 

Big Joe's Bar and Grill

How SCORE Helped

My SCORE mentor (Richard McKenzie) helped me through the process of getting funding for our business.  He met with me several times, went over all my paperwork, and guided me along the way.  Anytime I called him, he was there!  He was a pleasure to work with, and I am very grateful for his help.


          A friend and I are considering becoming partners in purchasing an existing, somewhat successful hobby shop. I’ve known him a long time, but we’ve never been in business together. What is your opinion of partnerships?  

          The partnership has been the foundation for millions of successful small businesses. Unfortunately, it has also been the source for innumerable disputes, arguments, irreparable relationships and lawsuits, all of which exacted economic and personal costs on the people involved.

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 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.  

Importance of Cash Management in a Small Business


Learn why Cash Management is critical to Small Business success

Lisa Bedard Dupee

Lisa Bedard Dupee

Current City: Plattsburgh, NY

Currently a licensed insurance broker specializing in health insurance benefits. I have a very strong sales background and have owned two small businesses. I have also worked as a bookkeeper with an emphasis on Quickbooks.  



BS International Business - SUNY Plattsburgh

1 Year Legal Secretarial Certificate - Our Lady of Victory Secretarial School

Several training courses and certificates in sales and marketing.

Workshop Poster 2nd. qtr. 2015

Whisk Culinary Services LLC

I have wanted to start my own business for many years; I have a culinary arts degree and have worked in several aspects of the food industry over the course of 20 years. In 2013 the circumstances seemed opportune as well as the fact that I no longer feared failure. I enjoy many aspects of food preparation, and am marketing myself as a culinary services provider so that I can stay in touch with the spectrum of food preparation that I enjoy, such as catering and instruction, but I am open-ended to involve myself with anything related to food!

Laura Cochran
My Location
York PA
United States
Year Company Formed
My Successes

While I am still an emerging business, I feel that the past 18 months have been successful every time a customer provides positive feedback. This reinforces my measure of success. It makes me happy to have met and generally exceed a customer's expectations. I put my heart into every meal I plan and prepare; into every class I instruct. There have been moments where an experience was not as ideal as planned; however, I would not say that was a failure, but rather a learning opportunity. I have high hopes for the future, with several projects in the works and with new customers reaching out to me regularly.

What's Great About My Mentor?

My mentor, Kellie, has always responded quickly and kindly to all of my questions. If she is not able to be of direct assistance she can generally provide me with someone's contact information who can better address the topic at hand. We are not in the same line of business, but she is a fellow female business owner, so there is a camaraderie in that respect.

How SCORE Helped

Through SCORE, I have had the opportunity to meet and network with business persons with a diversity of interests and levels of experience. On the whole, mentors and others I've met through SCORE are always happy to help and offer guidance unselfishly. I think we all just want to see each other succeed!

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