Retail and Wholesale Trade

SCORE Mentor

Daniel Fischer

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Matthews, NC

Chapter: Charlotte SCORE

Languages:English

How I can help you

Retail Management and Operations expert. To include: merchandising, purchasing, marketing and advertising, sales and sales management, store layout and displays, bookkeeping and accounting, tax issues, human resources - hiring, firing, compensation, employee benefits, service department management, store maintenance, leasing - franchising.

Franchising expert. Start up and acquisition.

Small business start-up.

Commercial credit and collections.

Areas of expertise

Industry Experience

Education

University of Maryland, Robert H. Smith School of Business, College Park, MD

B.S.degree - General Business Administration, with a concentration in Management, Marketing, and Accounting

Communication methods

Have you found success with mentoring from Daniel Fischer? Share your story.

Sonoma Gnome

My Location
Santa Rosa CA
United States
How SCORE Helped

Rebecca’s path to becoming an entrepreneur began with the idea that she wanted to find a way to provide Sonoma County tourists "with unique, locally-made gift items, that were more interesting souvenirs than the typical 'Made in China' key chains."
 A gifted creative person with a solid sense of humor, Rebecca first started selling witty t-shirts for the holidays, such as the popular "I Believe in Santa...Rosa" shirts. Her next thought was to create a business around gnomes, (who are protectors of the earth), starting the Sonoma Gnome Company in 2013.
At this time she turned to SCORE, and began meeting with Counselor Dana Jacoby. "She was incredibly helpful as she made suggestions that I never would have thought of," Rebecca said. "I remember pausing after one idea and saying, Wow, what a concept!"
"It's great to have someone as a sounding board someone with decades of experience offering help. It's incredibly valuable," she said. "Dana was supportive, encouraging and positive in her comments and feedback to me. I have had the good fortune through SCORE of having my very own business mentor who has gone out of her way to listen and offer her perspective on my entrepreneurial anxieties and dreams."
Rebecca called SCORE a "gift to the community." Besides the one-on-one consulting, she said the workshops are extremely beneficial, especially for a start-up company.
"The classes are great for networking, as I met people who were very supportive and connected," she said. "As entrepreneurs, you often feel isolated.  The classes give you the opportunity to ask questions, get new insights and network."   
Rebecca said she also likes working with Dana because she is counseling a number of local sustainable businesses.  "She has the niche that’s showing the more hip, groovy side of SCORE."   
 She added that some people express concern that SCORE is filled with "old fuddy duddies." She sees SCORE as an incredible resource offering experienced business advice. "They're very consistent in what they offer: the advisors, classes and curriculum are extremely helpful,” she said. Rebecca’s bigger business vision involves a hospitality-based project, and she hopes that SCORE and mentor Dana Jacoby will be able to continue to assist her as she develops her concept. "It would be fantastic to achieve this lodging-based business goal with SCORE’s support!" 

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."

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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Scarborough, ME

Languages:English

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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.

Creative Cottage - NH Winner of The American Small Business Championship

Workshop Poster 2nd. qtr. 2015

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