How I can help you
I want to help SCORE Clients with my real-life hands on experiences starting on a new venture as well as running it, to help them make their own informed decisions. My business experience is as an owner/operator of a retail store and a multi-unit rental property.
Having a technical background and having worked in the corporate environment for more than 20 years, I did not have any experience on starting and running my own business like so many would-be entrepreneurs. About 10 years ago, I stopped by the SBA and SCORE office in downtown Chicago to get some ideas about business financing and running a small business and I built on that initial knowledge by continuing to do research on my own on what business is best for me, financing, etc., until I finally decided on a Franchise which is a 7-Eleven store. It took months of research, talking to existing Franchisees, visiting stores on various days and hours of the week, taking notes, sitting on meetings of the Franchisee Association to learn about their pressing issues with the stores, and with corporate 7-Eleven, creating a Business Plan, doing Financial Projections, running the numbers. I found out that the more information, knowledge, and guidance you have, the less scary this new venture becomes.
I also owned and managed rental properties for 15 years and have experiences with all areas of property management including Tenant selections, State Laws concerning Rental Notices and Tenant Evictions, Section 8 Tenants, dealing with the local government/town, eventually Selling the property, and Tax preparation.
For a time, I also volunteered for the American Cancer Society, picking up Cancer patients from their homes and driving them to doctor's offices or hospitals in the Northshore area for appointments and/or treatments and bringing them back to their homes.
Areas of Expertise
- Business Finance & Accounting
- Business Strategy & Planning
- Government & Regulations
- Business Operations
- Human Resources & Internal Communications
- Technology & IT Services
- Real Estate, Rental & Leasing
- Technical & Scientific Services
- Retail & Wholesale Trade
BS in Chemical Engineering, MS in Information Systems, MBA (Finance & Project Management)