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Special tax law provisions may help taxpayers and businesses recover financially from the impact of a disaster, especially when the federal government declares their location to be a major disaster area. Depending on the circumstances, the IRS may grant additional time to file returns and pay taxes. Both individuals and businesses in a federally declared disaster area can get a faster refund by claiming losses related to the disaster on the tax return for the previous year, usually by filing an amended return.
 
The IRS also offers audio presentations on Planning for Disaster. These presentations discuss business continuity planning, insurance coverage, recording keeping and other tips to stay in business after a major disaster. 
 
Visit their Disaster Assistance and Emergency Relief for Individuals and Businesses section of the IRS site for more.

 

The IRS maintains a valuable collection of resources for small businesses called the Small Business and Self-Employed Tax Center.  Visit their site for forms, articles, videos, webinars and audio presentations for small businesses.

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Gourmet Guru

Update:  In 2011, Gourmet Guru generated in excess of $30M in revenues with a run rate in excess of $40M for the first months 2012. Employment has increased from 30 to 100 people. In April 2011, the SBA named Gourmet Guru as Family-Owned Business of the Year. Click here to read more!

In the summer of 2011, New York's Mayor Bloomberg chose the company as the Bronx Small Company of the Year! Click here to read more!

 

Gourmet Guru founder Jeff Lichtenstein, center, receives a Small Business of the Year Award from Small Business Services Commissioner Robert Walsh, left, and Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Gourmet Guru founder Jeff Lichtenstein, center, receives a Small Business of the Year Award from Small Business Services Commissioner Robert Walsh, left, and Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

 

When Jeff Lichtenstein, president of Gourmet Guru, a specialty foods distributor, first met with SCORE NYC counselor Elliot Merberg in December '07, his company was approaching its tenth year, was marginally profitable and seriously undercapitalized. Based on an initial analysis, Jeff, Elliot and Jeff's wife, Kim, the company's CEO, determined that the company lacked the working capital and management infrastructure essential to increasing its revenue. Together, they developed a detailed plan designed to increase working capital, upgrade their computer system and expand and modernize their warehousing facilities.

Over the last two years, implementing these changes has led to an increase in and restructuring of Gourmet Guru's management team, the implementation of upgraded information technology and their relocation to a new, state of the art "green" distribution center. Bottom line: the company's revenue for fiscal 2010 will exceed $23 million versus $8 million in 2007. Today, Jeff and Kim continue to tweak their operation, focusing on increasing revenues, higher net margins and greater productivity. Elliot Merberg continues his close association with the company as a member of its Board of Advisors.

Owner/Founder
Jeff Lichtenstein
My Location
Bronx NY
United States
Employees
100
Year Company Formed
1996

George Karlin

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PALM DESERT, CA

Languages:English

How I can help you

Expert in Franchises. Very knowledge Hotel Management, Business Strategy and Planning. Also, numerous years of marketing experience. Many years in the hotel and restaurant industries as an owner and as Sr Vice President of a NYSE listed restaurant chain. Fifteen years as a management consultant with both large and small entrepreneurial companies in many industries located throughout western United States. I am proud to be a Certified Management Consultant, certified by the prestigious Institute of Management Consultants of Washington D.C. Graduate of Cornell University School of Hotel Management.

As a consultant and mentor my goal was to help prevent my clients from making the same mistakes that I did when I was in their shoes.  Now, I am happy to have the opportunity to bring that many years of of consulting and mentoring experience to my SCORE clients.

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Graduate, School of Hotel Administration, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. Certified Management Consultant, one of less than 2000 in the USA, by the Institute of Management Consultants, Washington DC

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Judith A Edwards

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Chapter: Canton SCORE

Languages:English

How I can help you

Project manager and line manager in both defense and commercial manufacturing for over 30 years. Projects included systems developments for avionics, client server transaction processing applications, and quality process systems. Managed outsourced software developments. Currently, adjunct professor in math & computer science.

non profit counseling for boards

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<p> BS Mathematics Education MA Mathematics PhD Computer Science</p>

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Vernon E Tabor

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Bartlett, TN

Chapter: SCORE Memphis

Languages:English

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MA,&nbsp;Personnel Management,&nbsp;Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI</p>

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BA, Hospitality Business, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI</p>

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Thomas G Kutchera

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Elm Grove, WI

Languages:English

How I can help you

Experienced in Business Plans, business operations, strategic planning, sales training, marketing strategies, startup planning.  Managed sales, operations, purchasing, bookkeeping, marketing, hiring and HR policies, credit and collections, accounts payable, Profit Sharing Retirement Plan - of small regional food processing and distribution business in SE Wisconsin, both wholesale & retail parts. Under USAID performed consulting assignments to medium-sized regional businesses in Russia, Ukraine[x 3], Croatia which were emerging from the Soviet style command economy -1998-2003.

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BS - Economics MA - English Literature

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An advisory board is an informal group. This is not a board of directors. It is a group of mentors. The group has no financial interest in your firm. This is a group of outside advisors who share their knowledge to help you be more competitive, think strategically and offer specific advice in key skill areas.

The benefits of an advisory board include: setting aside time to think strategically, obtain feedback and insights from outside the company, and gather information and expertise from peers who have knowledge in different areas than your own. In general, a three to five person board will likely meet your needs.

This documents reviews types of business insurance available and provides some information on each.

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