Retail and Wholesale Trade

Mike Byrnes

Mike Byrnes

Current City: North Richland Hills, TX
Chapter: Fort Worth SCORE

I help entrepreneurs and business owners to

- identify goals

- establish priorities and actions

- locate necessary tools

- create structure and accountability

- interpret results

- consider alternatives

- obtain financial resources

 

2005 - 2013 New Mexico Small Business Development network

During 8 years working with small businesses in a small Southeast New Mexico resort community, I mentored:

- hundreds of entrepreneurs in the pre-venture stage,

- almost as many existing small businesses needing help with financial or operational issues,

- and more than a dozen businesses working through ownership transitions.

 

September 2011 - June 2013 New Mexico State University

  • Finance Instructor

September 2004 - June 2011 Eastern New Mexico University

  • Finance Instructor

 

1979 – 2001 Banker and entrepreneur Austin, TX

  • Commercial banker for several banks during the years when the banking roulette wheel spun from energy to real estate to technology.

  • Started one of the first internet service providers in Austin in 1994. Sold it to a telecom company in 1996. Was a founding member of a startup that provided turnkey, internet-over-cable systems for independent cable operators and took the company public in 2000.

  • Learned the hard facts about irrational exuberance during the dot com boom and bust, but managed to maintain perspective and apply those lessons to an encore career as a business advisor.

1972 – 1979 Bankers Trust Co Wall Street

  • International banker and bond trader.

 

 

Volunteer work

 

2008 – 2013 Treasurer of the Resource Conservation and Development Council

 

2009 – 2014  Advisory Council Member of the NM Small Business Assistance Program

2013 – 2014 Finance Committee member Alto Lakes Golf and Country Club


 

 

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Prentis Hall

Prentis Hall

Current City: Lansdale, PA

32+ years in corporate America

  • Marketing
  • Market research
  • Market communciations
  • Sales
  • Business development
  • Business management

Small business owner

  • Started 5 small businesses in total
  • Currently operating a small business

 

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Education

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MBA - Marketing &amp; Statistics</p>

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Engineering undergrad</p>

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Additional training in market research, new product development, competitor intelligence</p>

Ask SCORE

          All the recent news stories about large companies having their data breached makes me wonder: What can a small business do to protect information stored in the cloud? 

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. 

Claire Kohler

Claire Brown Kohler

Claire Kohler

Current City: Horsham, PA

I was one of five founding partners who took TLA Entertainment Group from it's first phase as a Repertory Cinema with 20 employees through conception, funding, structural setup and operations. The company subsequently added seven award winning video stores, 12 catalogs annually, international websites, film festivals, wholesale distribution in the US and the UK, and has evolved into a leading multi-channel e-commerce business. At the peak of the video business, the company grossed 30 million dollars annually and employed 200 people.   In January of 2014, the founding partners were bought out.  I became an independent Silpada Designs sales representative, a home party based company.  In September of 2014, I enrolled in the John Maxwell Leadership Training Certification Program and am in the process of becoming an executive coach.

I also helped start the Philadelphia Cinema Alliance and the Philadelphia Film Festival, 2 non-profit organizations that ran 2 film festivals annually.  I oversaw operations, volunteers, ticketing and events.

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Education

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I graduated from Kirkland College, now Hamilton College, with a BA in Anthropology.</p>

Kevin James Pollock Jr.

Kevin James Pollock Jr.

Current City: Erie, PA

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Dar's Dirty Dogs

Owner/Founder
Darlene Donatiello
My Location
3265 Canfield Road Suite B
Cornersburg OH 44511
United States
Year Company Formed
2014
How SCORE Helped

Darlene after 25 years of working in the corporate world fulfilled her dream of opening a pet grooming store on May 3rd 2014. SCORE assisted her by reviewing with her business start-up and validating her idea and approach.

Dar's Dirty Dogs is a new and unique place to bring your pet for Do-It-Yourself bathing. Bathing pets at home can be a difficult task, with plenty of mess and backache afterwards.

At Dar's Dirty Dogs, you'll find everything you need to Wash and Dry your pet in a safe and comfortable environment- and let us take care of the clean-up!

Dar's Dirty Dogs also offers full professional grooming services by appointment, and a variety of premium pet supplies.

Wonderstruck Artisan Market

My Location
3649 Canfield Rd Suite 3 (Route 62)
Canfield OH 44406
United States
Employees
13
How SCORE Helped

Wonderstruck Artisan Market & Classes is an artistic multimedia, multi department gift shop with art classes. They specialize in "Sip & Paint" classes, where you can bring in a beverage and will instruct customers step-by-step on how to paint their masterpiece! Their mission is to offer consumers handmade arts and creative crafts at an affordable cost. Their goal is to bring back originality in the consumers home, rather than mass produced products from a retail giant. Whether consumers are looking for a gift, expanding their own creativity in class, or decorating their living room, Wonderstruck is the place.
 
Wonderstruck has now expanded their business to open a cafe next door to their market.

Wonderstruck Artisan Market and Classes greatly credits the Youngstown SCORE team for helping to establish a business plan which was our key in early business planning. This greatly helped us to be set up for success!

Manjula Charles

Manjula Charles

Current City: Dallas, TX
Chapter: Dallas SCORE

11 year corporate retail career covering international sourcing, manufacturing, fabric, trim, product development and brand management.

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Education

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BFA in Fashion marketing</p>

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The Valley Marketplace

My Location
6121 South Ave
Boardman OH 44512
United States
How SCORE Helped

The Valley Marketplace is Ohio's first real farmers market featuring our area's Amish community, selling their homemade goods. There are over 20 vendors selling their products all under one roof of 27,000 square feet.

Ron and Marianne Cohen are a third generation family business that established a market in 1932 in Delaware County, Pennsylvania.

When Ron first came to SCORE to explain the concept of his market, the demographics of the area were discussed in order to make a good decision on the location for the business. During subsequent meetings, including several on-site. a variety of business topics were discussed over the next year.

In July of 2013, the Tuesday mentoring team toured the market with Ron and discussed market efforts and the soft opening planned for August and the grand opening in September.

The market, which has been opened for almost a year, has been widely accepted in the community.

Trendy Trousseau, LLC

"The past two year's yearly and monthly goals were researched and discussed to adequately advise and help me understand what to expect in the second half of 2013. The year was a huge success! The goals discussed and planned were almost dead on to what Trendy accomplished for the second half of 2013. 2014 is following suit by growing each month as planned and predicted. Trendy;s stylist program has expanded to four stylists and a second location has been added to the Canfield, Ohio area. I felt so blessed to have been able to work with such a great panel of men that helped me reach my goals and make my dream into a reality. I hope and pray that Trendy will keep growing in many different pathways and I will always thank SCORE for helping me have these opportunities."

Owner/Founder
Summer Wise
My Location
4040 East State Street
Hermitage PA 16148
United States
Employees
8
Year Company Formed
2006
My Successes

 

 

How SCORE Helped

Trendy Trousseau was a small clothing business already established but at a cross roads of growth. It had sustained and maintained at a small level but needed to be nurtured to achieve the next level of success. Trendy always had a business plan and mission in place but needed guidance to understand the necessary steps to grow. SCORE helped Trendy put all the necessary steps in place to help in the growing process. This consisted of calculating monthly goals, purchasing of inventory and amounts of inventory to purchase to sustain seasonal goals.

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