Retail and Wholesale Trade

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

Dr. Jeffrey W von Freymann

Dr. Jeffrey W von Freymann

Current City: Mount Pleasant, SC

Over 40 years practitioner experience in marketing, communications, and management working in/with 100s profit and non-profit organizations from start ups to ongoing concerns, small to large (but mostly small).  Last 15 years as a college professor in marketing and management at the undergrad and graduate levels.

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Education

<p> Doctorate in Business Administration (University of Sarasota, FL), MBA in marketing (Babson College, MA), BA in English (Stonehill College, North Easton, MA).</p>

Dr. Shan Shanbhag

Dr. Shan Shanbhag

Current City: Maitland, FL
Chapter: SCORE Orlando

 

  • Product and Business Development Advisor and Consultant, Shanbhag Enterprises, 1991-Current
  • Chief Technology Officer, Horizons International Foods, 1988-1991
  • Technical and Development Director, General Foods Corporation,  1970-1988
  • Project Leader, Hindustan Lever Ltd., India, 1963-1966
  • Food Technologist, D & P Products, India, 1962-1963

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Education

 

  • Ph.D., University of Illinois                  Food Science and Technology
  • M.S.,, University of Illinois                   Food Science and Technology
  • B.S., Bombay University, India           Technology
  • B.S., Karnataka University, India        Chemistry and Physics

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

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?

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

Mademoiselle Miel, LLC

Problem: Many people have food allergies or intolerance to certain ingredients that prohibit them from enjoying various kinds of sweets, especially chocolates, and are not able to participate in the simple pleasures that most of us enjoy on special occasions.

Challenge:  Formulate a product and develop a manufacturing process that allows people who suffer from allergies or intolerances to enjoy a high quality chocolate product that is made from all natural, locally sourced ingredients. 

Solution:  Realizing that bee honey is one of Nature’s most perfect food products, Susan Brown developed a process that overcomes the difficulty of combining low fat, low sugar chocolate with all natural honey – an inherently difficult food combination. Susan’s answer, Honey BonBons, which she makes and markets under her company name, Mademoiselle Miel, LLC, uses only the very best ingredients in the blending of her chocolate. To ensure that she obtains an all-natural product, she personally harvests honey from local hives found on top of buildings in the Twin Cities. Not only does this guarantee a unique and exclusive product but it provides a marketing opportunity.  

Owner/Founder
Susan Brown
My Location
342 Kellogg Boulevard West
Saint Paul MN 55102
United States
My Successes

Business Description: Susan’s Honey Kitchen & Showroom is located at 342 Kellogg Boulevard West in St. Paul.  She also sells through about a dozen other retail stores including locations in New York and Washington.

The Future:  Susan just received an award for Top 10 Chocolatier in North America. She plans to continue expanding sales at her store, through other upscale retail stores, and through her website, www.mademoisellemiel.com..     

What's Great About My Mentor?

“Dan helped me with many of the steps in starting my business. His encouragement at the very beginning was especially important and valued.” - Susan Brown, Owner

“Susan was eager to learn about each phase of starting a business. She has the talent and marketing skill to grow her sales.” - Dan Levey, SCORE Mentor

How SCORE Helped

Susan learned about SCORE in 2012 and applied for free mentoring. Dan Levey, a SCORE mentor, met with Susan and discussed business financing, legal structure, marketing, and details of the production process. Dan provided input as Susan’s plan developed and her business became a reality. 

See the PDF file of this Success Story..

 

Barry Josephson

Barry Josephson

Current City: Osprey, FL
Chapter: Manasota SCORE

Over 30 years in sales and management in the technology industry. Primary focus has been in helping businesses focus on improving and growing revenue though customer acquisition and renention and better managing inventory/assests through the proper use of innovation business technology processes. I also owned and operation 3 restaurants and managed all aspects of the business for 7 years. I have extensive knowledge in creation of business plans and effective use of capital.  I am also a principal in an LLC that owns and operates several retail properties in the east.Over 30 years in sales and management in the technology industry. Primary focus has been in helping businesses, generally retailers, focus on improving and growing revenue though customer acquisition and renention and better managing inventory/assests through the proper use of innovation business technology processes. I also owned and operation 3 restaurants and managed all aspects of the business for 7 years. I have extensive knowledge in creation of business plans and effective use of capital.  I am also a principal in an LLC that owns and operates several retail properties in the east.

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Education

BA in Political Science and Government, Old Dominion University

  •    Member of Student Government Association

  •    President of Alpha Epsilon Phi

  •    Member Golf Team

 

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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