Retail and Wholesale Trade

Mademoiselle Miel, LLC

Problem: Many people have food allergies or intolerance to certain ingredients that prohibit them from enjoying various kinds of sweets, especially chocolates, and are not able to participate in the simple pleasures that most of us enjoy on special occasions.

Challenge:  Formulate a product and develop a manufacturing process that allows people who suffer from allergies or intolerances to enjoy a high quality chocolate product that is made from all natural, locally sourced ingredients. 

Solution:  Realizing that bee honey is one of Nature’s most perfect food products, Susan Brown developed a process that overcomes the difficulty of combining low fat, low sugar chocolate with all natural honey – an inherently difficult food combination. Susan’s answer, Honey BonBons, which she makes and markets under her company name, Mademoiselle Miel, LLC, uses only the very best ingredients in the blending of her chocolate. To ensure that she obtains an all-natural product, she personally harvests honey from local hives found on top of buildings in the Twin Cities. Not only does this guarantee a unique and exclusive product but it provides a marketing opportunity.  

Owner/Founder
Susan Brown
My Location
342 Kellogg Boulevard West
Saint Paul MN 55102
United States
My Successes

Business Description: Susan’s Honey Kitchen & Showroom is located at 342 Kellogg Boulevard West in St. Paul.  She also sells through about a dozen other retail stores including locations in New York and Washington.

The Future:  Susan just received an award for Top 10 Chocolatier in North America. She plans to continue expanding sales at her store, through other upscale retail stores, and through her website, www.mademoisellemiel.com..     

What's Great About My Mentor?

“Dan helped me with many of the steps in starting my business. His encouragement at the very beginning was especially important and valued.” - Susan Brown, Owner

“Susan was eager to learn about each phase of starting a business. She has the talent and marketing skill to grow her sales.” - Dan Levey, SCORE Mentor

How SCORE Helped

Susan learned about SCORE in 2012 and applied for free mentoring. Dan Levey, a SCORE mentor, met with Susan and discussed business financing, legal structure, marketing, and details of the production process. Dan provided input as Susan’s plan developed and her business became a reality. 

See the PDF file of this Success Story..

 

Barry Josephson

Barry Josephson

Current City: Osprey, FL
Chapter: Manasota SCORE

Over 30 years in sales and management in the technology industry. Primary focus has been in helping businesses focus on improving and growing revenue though customer acquisition and renention and better managing inventory/assests through the proper use of innovation business technology processes. I also owned and operation 3 restaurants and managed all aspects of the business for 7 years. I have extensive knowledge in creation of business plans and effective use of capital.  I am also a principal in an LLC that owns and operates several retail properties in the east.Over 30 years in sales and management in the technology industry. Primary focus has been in helping businesses, generally retailers, focus on improving and growing revenue though customer acquisition and renention and better managing inventory/assests through the proper use of innovation business technology processes. I also owned and operation 3 restaurants and managed all aspects of the business for 7 years. I have extensive knowledge in creation of business plans and effective use of capital.  I am also a principal in an LLC that owns and operates several retail properties in the east.

Resume

Education

BA in Political Science and Government, Old Dominion University

  •    Member of Student Government Association

  •    President of Alpha Epsilon Phi

  •    Member Golf Team

 

Gary Wooton

Gary Wooton

I have been fortunate to have a bunch of professions and along the way have started, developed, operated and sold three business.  I have a background in franchise operations, employee development, finance, manufacturing, sales and any other aspect of owning a  small business that you can imagine.  To see one of the businesses look up Croze.com.

Resume

Education

University degrees in Humanities and education.  I have also accumulated a bunch of hours in Nutrition, History, winery technology and operations as well as business.

Ask SCORE

          I’m confused about the rules for paying employees overtime. Can you explain them to me? 

         Should you be paying overtime to your employees? The answer is: it depends.

          Under the U.S. Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), employers are required to pay overtime to most hourly employees who work more than 40 hours a week for businesses that take in more than $500,000 a year in revenue.

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. 

Steve R. Smith

Steve R. Smith

Current City: Westport, CT

40+ years with IBM in sales and sales management, marketing and product development

Resume

Education

MS Business, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio  1971

MBA The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio  1972

International Business Management, Cal. Berkeley, 1986

Global Leadership Program, University of Michigan, 1990

 

Gregory Schwarz

Gregory Schwarz

Current City: Jamesville, NY
Chapter: Syracuse SCORE

Retail, wholesale, recreation/travel, manufacturing. Textiles, sewn goods manufacturing. Product design, manufacturing and distribution.

Resume

Workshop Poster 1st. qtr. 2015

Considerations When Using Independent Contractors slides presented by Katie Marble at SCORE's November 2014 meeting.

About the Author

Katie Kiernan Marble

Marble Law Firm, PLLC

80 Palomino Lane

Suite 201

Bedford, NH  03110

Ask SCORE

          My brother-in-law has approached me about going into business with him in a home cleaning franchise. I’ve always heard one should never go into business with relatives. Is that true? 

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. 

Charles Howze

Charles Howze

Charles Howze

Current City: Coral Springs, FL
Chapter: Broward SCORE

Over 30 years of executive retail experience. Accomplished executive with extensive experience in operations, P&L management, corporate leadership and large sales volume.  A results-oriented, decisive leader with proven success in start-ups, turnaround and growth organizations.  track record of increasing sales, market penetration and growing bottom line while spearheading operational improvements to drive productivity and reduce cost.  Excel in dynamic demanding environments while remaining pragmatic and focused.  Managed multi-unit organizations for several retail formats including  big box merchandise, specialty apparel and closeout.  Worked in several regions of the US including the Southeast and the West Coast.  Recently served as COO of a small closeout retail chain located in Canada. 

Resume

Education

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Bachelor Degree__Miles College, Birmingham, Alabama</p>

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Professional Development__University of Miami Entrepreneurial Program, Blanchard Situational Leadership,</p>

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Gallup University Great Leader Program</p>

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