Published May. 1, 2013
I have a business that sells equestrian supplies both retail and online. I’d like to begin using social media as a marketing tool, but I’m clueless as to how to begin. How do I go about developing a social media strategy?
Published Apr. 21, 2013
Our four-year-old printing business is finally on solid footing. We’ve worked hard and
been very fortunate, and now we’d like to begin giving something back to the community. What
types of activities can you suggest?
Published Mar. 17, 2013
After working for more than 25 years in the publishing industry, the company I worked
for downsized and I accepted an attractive buyout package. Now I’d like to start my own
business. What do I do first?
Published Feb. 8, 2013
Q: What are limited liability companies (“LLCs”), and what should businesses know
A: LLCs are a new type of business entity that emerged in the early 1990s. They have many important legal and tax characteristics, but the key ones are these:
Liability shield. LLCs provide their owners (called “members”) with a statutory liability shield that is essentially identical to the corporate shield.
Published Feb. 7, 2013
I’ve recently taken my business plan for a new and innovative consumer product to several banks seeking funding, but have had no success. What are some other financing options that might be available to me?
Published Jan. 16, 2013
My partner and I have been running our laser engraving business ourselves for the past two years. We’ve reached the point now where we’re both completely maxed out, so we’re considering hiring at least one employee. Where do we start Read more.....
Current City: Costa Mesa, CA
Business plans, start up, finance, financing, financial projections, cash flow, budgeting, intellectual property, troubled business turn around, retail, sales, manufacturing, entertainment, insurance, environmental industry and non-profits. I began my business career with a startup retail ski shop. I built it to $1 million in sales as the ski industry boomed. When my daughter was born I sold the ski business and became a stay-at-home mom entrepreneur, selling custom portraits of children and pets through mail order and specialty shops (that's yesterday's equivalent of an internet business). I sold the portrait business after five years and entered the University of Pittsburgh M.B.A. program, majoring in Accounting and Finance. I graduated Magna cum Laude and I worked as Assistant Controller and Systems Analyst for a large industrial foundry and rolling mill in Eastern Ohio. Two very cold winters later I moved to Southern California to be Project Financial Analyst and Internal Auditor at Hughes Aircraft. I moved to Disney to manage the financial affairs for several divisions at the park as well as the construction of Thunder Mountain Railroad. I left Disney to work as a Special Projects Consultant for Shell Oil, then spent 11-1/2 years at Digital Equipment Corporation. At DEC I worked directly with the Western Vice President of Sales, managing the budgeting, reporting, and awards programs for a 300 person sales force. I also served as executive partner to several aerospace and banking companies, wrote the strategic plan for a new $50 million venture, served as national training manager for the Finance and Accounting organization, and as training liaison between Finance and Accounting and the sales group. In 1992 I took early retirement and became a SCORE volunteer. Currently, I work part-time doing marketing, accounting, and financial planning for a small family owned firm. I also consult periodically with the Cal State Fullerton School of Business Entrepreneurship program and run three small businesses: consulting for several former employers, art beading and freelance writing
BA, University of Pittsburgh, Cum Laude -- Studio Art Major, Theater and dance minor MBA, University of Pittsburgh, Magna Cum Laude, Finance and Accounting. 5 time winner, Chapter Cyber Counselor of the Year Award. Over 20 years as a SCORE mentor.</p>
Sanford K Carlisle
Current City: Wolfeboro, NH
Expert in Business Operations. Very knowledgeable in Business Management. Experienced in Cash flow management and Business Planning and Business Operations. 38 years in key management positions in food manufacturing, packaging and distribution business, involving: manufacturing and engineering, strategic planning, costing, finance, capital investment, logistics, organization development, mergers and acquisitions, product development, and MIS. Responsible for 4 production facilities. retired as VP of Operations and VP of Corporate Development. Holds 4 US patents. Post retirement had own management consulting business and have been a SCORE counselor for 14 years. Served on active and reserve duty in US Navy for 30 years – retired with rank of Captain.
US Merchant Marine Academy, Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering. Various courses involving finance and accounting, product development, organization and leadership development, strategic and business planning, and mergers and acquisitions
Published Apr. 12, 2012
Special tax law provisions may help taxpayers and businesses recover financially from the impact of a disaster, especially when the federal government declares their location to be a major disaster area. Depending on the circumstances, the IRS may grant additional time to file returns and pay taxes. Both individuals and businesses in a federally declared disaster area can get a faster refund by claiming losses related to the disaster on the tax return for the previous year, usually by filing an amended return.
The IRS also offers audio presentations on Planning for Disaster. These presentations discuss business continuity planning, insurance coverage, recording keeping and other tips to stay in business after a major disaster.