Restaurants and Hospitality

Nourish Organic Market & Deli

Owner/Founder
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.

Ask SCORE

          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 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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Karen Juliano

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Biddeford, ME

Languages:English

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Lisa Bedard Dupee

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Plattsburgh, NY

Languages:English

How I can help you

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.  

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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.

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Kirk Drummond

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Cypress, TX

Chapter: SCORE Houston

Languages:English

How I can help you

1. Worked one year for an accounting firm as an auditor and preparing individual tax returns

2. Worked 5 years as a CFO at a local Wallpaper and Paint Distributor

3. Worked 3 years as a CFO at a Building Materials Distributor

4. Worked 28 years at Sysco Corporation as an operating company Controller, an operating company CFO, moved to Houston and had roles as the Corporate Controller, Chief Information Officer, Treasurer and Sr. VP of Shared Services

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<p> Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in Accounting from the University of Arizona</p>

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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!

Owner/Founder
Laura Cochran
My Location
York PA
United States
Year Company Formed
2013
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!

Francisco "Paco" Villarreal

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Languages:English, Spanish

How I can help you

Marketing and Media Strategist professional with 15+ years of winning in many Marketing, Advertising and Business Development platforms.  Creating market connections and converting customers Marketing goals is what I do. Perceived as a Consultative Seller and strategist with a demonstrated reputation of making long term relationships that deliver results. Solid record in facilitating sales teams reach and surpass short and long term goals. My work history represents loyalty and dedication to any customer and company's objectives. Creative and resourceful Executive who drives new business through giving astounding client customer service and dedication to converting ideas into results.  My Consultative Sales principles are aligned with the following simple formula for client success:  

Information Gathering - The most important stage of my sales process is fact finding through client and industry tools the clients immediate needs, short term and long term goals.

Ask - The Client Need Analysis follows with a detailed conversation about the current state of clients business, competitive landscape, product position, internal processes and other aspects of the business that will help us both find a mutual growth plan.

Listen - The goal in this stage, is to create a mutual understanding that my reason for reaching out is all about the growth of my client and not what I have to sell.  This stage consists of a handful of open ended questions to learn more about my clients needs. 

Teach - The goal by now is that I have gathered enough information from client about the state of their business and the needs to achieve their goals.  I then prepare a suggestive time specific action plan with ROI metrics and client timely expectations. 

Qualify - At this stage the client feels comfortable with the process we have developed and the plan to convert. 

I look forward to meeting you! You can reach me at ☎559-790-3071

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Bachelor Business Administration - National University

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