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?
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.....
Over the past 15 years, nearly two-thirds of new jobs have been generated by small businesses. Yours may be one of them. That’s good news for your local economy, for your customers whose expectations for quality service are higher than ever, and for you, as you can focus your energies on other priorities.
BS Engineering, USMA, West Point, NY
MS Civil Engineering, Construction, Stanford University
MBA, USIU, Mexico City Campus
MA Political Economy of Latin America, National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico City
Defense Language Institute, Spanish Language Course
Inter-American Defense College Strategic Planning Course
Published Aug. 11, 2012
Published Aug. 10, 2012
Following a number of years in the insurance industry, five years ago I left my job to have a child and be a stay-at-home mom. Now that my son is beginning school, rather than returning to work, I’m thinking about starting a business. What advice can you offer? Read more...
City: Costa Mesa, CA
Business start up, business plans, financing your buisness, financial projections, cash flow, budgeting, intellectual property, turn-arounds for troubled businesses. Retail, manufacturing, entertainment, the environmental industry and non-profits. I began my business career by starting a retail ski shop, which built to $1 million in sales as the ski industry boomed. When my daughter was born I soldl the ski business and became a stay-at-home mom entrepreneur. I sold custom portraits of children and pets through mail order and specialty shops. Five years later I sold the portrait business and entered the University of Pittsburgh M.B.A. program, majoring in Accounting and Finance. After graduating Magna cum Laude I worked as Assistant Controller and Factory Systems Analyst for a large aluminum foundry and rolling mill in Eastern Ohio. Two very cold winters later I moved to Southern California as Project Financial Analyst for 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 Analyst 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 half-time doing marketing, accounting, and financial planning for a small family owned firm. I also work 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, Univeristy of Pittsburgh, Magna Cum Laude, Finance and Accounting. 5 time winner, Chapter Cyber Counselor of the Year Award.