Transportation and Warehousing

Workshop Poster 2nd. qtr. 2015

Chuck Berry

Chuck Berry

Current City: Inverness, FL

59 years of trucking experience as either a fleet owner, terminal manager for large freight companies with responsibilities for labor, operations,sales, hiring and training. 

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Ask SCORE

            I recently opened a sports memorabilia shop and now want to add an online component to sell my merchandise via the Internet. I plan to hire someone to design my website, but am looking for advice to provide that person with guidance and direction

           Nearly every small business has a website today…and no wonder. A 2011 Pew Internet study found that nearly half of all searches for local businesses are conducted online (newspapers finished a distant second). And usually, a company’s website is the first place prospective customers go when those search engine results come up.

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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            I’ve operated a local convenience store for almost seven years, never taking off more than an occasional weekend or holiday. Every time I plan a vacation, something comes up. How do I break this pattern before I burn out?

Ask SCORE

            I’ve operated a local convenience store for almost seven years, never taking off more than an occasional weekend or holiday. Every time I plan a vacation, something comes up. How do I break this pattern before I burn out?

 

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.

This document walks you thru the steps for starting a for profit business in Southwest Michigan.  It includes URL's for the various websites you will want to visit. While a few of the the items are specific to Berrien County, most of the  information applies to any part of Michigan

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.

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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.

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          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

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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

 

Workshop Poster 1st. qtr. 2015

Alverta Lopez

Alverta Lopez

Current City: Accokeek, MD

Alverta Lopez is the president of APL Solutions, LLC.  Her primary focus is on winning and maintaining contract awards in the areas of Management Consulting (as it relates to Administrative Management, Human Resource Consulting, Telecommunications Consulting, Staffing Services, Project Management and Contracts Management).  The company's primary focus is to help companies improve performance, comply with complex regulations, enhance infrastructure and stimulate growth.  Our responsibilities include all aspects of the day-to-day operations as well as providing consulting services to clients who are interested in getting into the Federal space. 

Prior to owning APL Solutions, LLC, Ms. Lopez served as the President of a full ground transportation company for over 6 years.  Her responsibilities included Managing Projects, administering the management of the corporation, its employees and consultants and providing leadership to the team.  She was the lead person responsible for the signature and audit of invoices, checks, releases, Billing, Accounts Receivables/Payables, and other documents in the name of the company.  I was also responsible for executing Teaming Agreements (NDA/Joint Venture's (JV) ); overseeing contracts and proposal preparation; as well as  hiring the right staff to support senior management as well as other  Government Officials. 

Before becoming president, Ms. Lopez served in a number of Billing, Finance and Contract support roles.  She managed support staff; developed processes and procedures, provided Process improvement plans and Training Guides to be used by all employees and worked on several Government Contracts with GSA, making sure we were in compliance with the FAR (Federal Acquisition Regulation) from a billing perspective, managed Accounts Receivables/Payables/Collections .   Ms. Lopez has a track record of being able to reduce accounts receivables. Previous Federal/Government project work included services to the following agencies:  MCI/Verizon, AT&T, Winstar, and a Consultant to MODIS, Inc.

 

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Education

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<strong>BS, Mathematics, </strong>Elizabeth City State University, NC, 1982.&nbsp; Computer Science - Minor.</p>

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<strong>Certificate, Mathematics</strong>, Atlanta University, Atlanta, GA, 1981. Computer Science - Minor.</p>

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