Retail and Wholesale Trade

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. 

Simplecare Products

Owner/Founder
Stephanie Gagne
My Location
St. Helena CA
United States
How SCORE Helped

Stephanie began working with SCORE in 2012 after hearing about the organization from the SBA.  She had created a line of natural body products and was selling them at trade shows.  "Initially, Tom from SCORE helped me to get more organized and how to be more effective in my booth at shows," she said.
 
Even though she had started selling some products at Whole Foods in Texas, she has pulled back her line offering it solely online. "I decided to first develop my website and online status, making sure it's solid - especially the packaging and product mix."
 
Stephanie added that SCORE helped her to streamline the product line. "It was great to be able to bounce ideas of them, and they gave me experienced feedback.  They also helped with my business strategy and to make decisions," she said.
 
She added that she likes the counselor’s flexibility as she can email questions and meet them when she's available. "Because I work at nights, SCORE is great for my needs and schedule."
 
"It's a true mentoring relationship," she said.
 
Stephanie said her next steps with SCORE will be to discuss how to get back into retail and how to handle adding staff.

Devine Frames

Owner/Founder
Kevin Devine
My Location
361 South Main Street
Sebastopol CA 95472
United States
How SCORE Helped

The Sebastopol Chamber of Commerce initially recommended SCORE to Kevin.  His primary interest was to learn how to write a business plan for his framing company: Devine Frames.  He attended the full-day How to Developing a Business Plan workshop. "I loved it," he said.
 
"I learned a lot about what I should not do. The timeline portion was very helpful, when I looked at my plans, I needed to be more realistic," he said.
 
Kevin said that he really liked meeting the other attendees at the workshop. "I enjoyed talking to the other people and hearing what they're doing, their opinions and sharing experiences," he said. Kevin added that the class was easy-to-understand, had a very organized presentation, and flowed smoothly.
 
Kevin also went to the follow-up class to present his business plan to the SCORE instructors.  "I received some very worthwhile constructive criticism that helped me to improve the plan," he said.
 
"Overall, SCORE was very helpful," he said. "It's a cool thing to get free counseling.  I paid to have a management consultant, it was a couple of thousand dollars and SCORE was much better."

Dennis Moffet

Dennis Moffet

Current City: San Bernardino, CA

An accomplished speaker, mastermind professional, business coach, life coach, ministry coach, golf coach, and entrepreneur and business trainer. Over 35 years’ in retail management in such industries such as lumber, automotive and consumer goods in big box stores such as Walmart. His passion is assisting business owners, entrepreneurs, and ministers in developing, implementing and achieving their goals. Dennis also mentors professional referral and networking groups, coaches for personal growth and development, coaches businesses on increasing referrals, relationship development, ministry development and growth, and behavioral style coaching on interpersonal relationships. Also, a pretty good golfer!

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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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SCORE, mentors to America’s small businesses, recently announced the winners of The American Small Business Championship, a program supported by Sam’s Club.  

Creative Cottage in Merrimack won the award for New Hampshire.

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Dr. Jeffrey W von Freymann

Dr. Jeffrey W von Freymann

Current City: Mount Pleasant, SC

Over 40 years practitioner experience in marketing, communications, and management working in/with 100s profit and non-profit organizations from start ups to ongoing concerns, small to large (but mostly small).  Last 15 years as a college professor in marketing and management at the undergrad and graduate levels.

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Education

<p> Doctorate in Business Administration (University of Sarasota, FL), MBA in marketing (Babson College, MA), BA in English (Stonehill College, North Easton, MA).</p>

Charles Geoffrey Eccles

Charles Geoffrey Eccles

Current City: Frankfort, IL
Chapter: Chicago SCORE

Prior to taking early retirement, I was the Mars Information Services Senior IT Director in the Americas Region for the Wrigley Chewing Gum and Confections business, the world’s largest manufacturer of chewing gum and a leading global confectioner with annual sales of over $7 billion. I lead a team responsible for the planning, development and delivery of information technology services to North, Central and South America, and directed the business partnership relationships necessary to build enhanced business processes, applications and related organizational capabilities to Wrigley’s corporate and regional business functions. I was also a member of Wrigley’s North American Business Leadership Team. Prior to this role, I was responsible for the IT Strategy, Finance, Portfolio Management and Governance function for Wrigley, and also previously directed a program rollout team responsible for the successful global implementation of a single instance ERP (SAP) initiative across 80+ countries and 19 manufacturing sites. I have also worked extensively in International markets and has lived and worked in both the UK and Germany prior to relocating to the US in 2003. In total I have over 35 years of business experience covering Information Technology, Sales & Supply Operations, retail and merchandising.  In addition I have run my own Real Estate Investment (REI) business over the past 6 years, covering both self-managed and agency-managed property in multiple locations in the US and UK.

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Education

Economics Graduate of the University of Liverpool,  Diploma from Chartered Institute of Marketing in the UK.

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