Arts, Entertainment, & Recreation

How I can help you

I can help potential and current small business owners achieve successful business outcomes by providing guidance and subject matter expertise in business planning, organizational design, market feasibility and competitive analysis, site selection, government regulation, financial feasibility, branding and social media marketing, funding acquisition, and program/project management.

I have 35+ years of years of private, nonprofit, and public sector experience as a small business owner, consultant, non-profit executive, community  planner, and regulatory official. My private sector activities included multiple business start-ups and turnarounds. I have also served in executive leadership and board member positions for 25+ national, state, and local non-profit organizations.  During my career I have raised over $75 million in private investment capital and public grants.

 

 

Areas of expertise

Industry Experience

Education

Ph.D. Physical Geography (1984) – Indiana State University Concentrations: land use planning, site selection, geographic information systems M.A. Geography (1978) – Indiana State University Concentrations: urban planning, location theory, geographic information systems B.A. History (1973) – Franklin College of Indiana Concentration: architectural history

Professional Certifications

National Registry of Environmental Professionals 

Certified Lean Sensei, Villanova University

American Institute of Certified Planners 

Certified Federal Contractor, Defense Acquisition University

Communication methods

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John E Robinson Sr.

Available

Huntingtown, MD

Languages:English

How I can help you

As an executive in the public sector and a business owner, I bring a wealth of experience and knowledge from government contracting to business start-up and operations. I have experienced the pros and cons of transitioning from the public sector into entrepreneurship and opening a franchise using varying resources as funding engines. I have a great respect for the art of marketing and stress the importance of legal support at all phases of the start-up process. Best practices when starting the business ownership process, building and opening your doors, and creating sustainability are very important to the success of any business. I will use best practices combined with my experiences to ensure the healthy and productive maturation process of your business, whether it's a government contracting start-up or retail business selling a product or service. I can help you! 

Areas of expertise

Industry Experience

Education

  • Master of Business Administration, American Intercontinental University
  • Master of Arts: Criminal Justice, American Military University 
  • Bachelor of Arts: Homeland Security, American Military University 
  • Agile Foundations – Project Management Institute 
  • Transitioning from Waterfall to Agile – Project Management Institute 
  • SES Leaders Mentoring Program – Federal Training Institute 
  • Program/Project Management: Senior Level/Level III – DAWIA FAI 
  • Executive Leadership Development: Federal Executive Institute – DOJ 
  • Federal Workforce Analysis & Planning: Graduate School USA 
  • Master Game Changer Diversity & Inclusion: Office of Personnel Management 

Communication methods

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How I can help you

I can help improve performance in sales, marketing and management for micro and small businesses as well as non-profits.

As a business banking officer, marketing, and advertising professional with experience in management and running a small business, I have helped thousands of small business owners in the Omaha area. In my professional career I have provided business owners with creative marketing ideas, strategic sales plans, sales training, financial and budget management support to grow their business while maintaining or saving costs.

In addition to my professional activities, I also serve on all the Omaha area Chambers of Commerce, the board of the National Association of Remodeling Industries, and Metro Omaha Women’s Business Association.  As a published poet and author in my spare time, I also serve on the Nebraska Writer’s Guild and am the Founder and President of the Nebraska Poetry Society.  These activities provide me with the working experience for creating, establishing, and building non-profit organizations.

 

Areas of expertise

Industry Experience

Education

BFA from UNO

Communication methods

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Jim Schwalje

Available

Media, PA

Languages:English

How I can help you

                I can help organize and grow small businesses and startups.  I have over 30 years of hands on responsibility with the many aspects of running a business including sales and marketing, legal aspects of business organization and taxes, human resources and payroll, budgeting and planning, finance and accounting, bookkeeping, facility leasing and maintenance,  IT and operations.  I can help transform ideas and concepts into workable business plans by applying sound business principles.

 

Areas of expertise

Industry Experience

Education

                Cornell University – BS Mechanical Engineering

                Cornell University – Master of Business Administration

Communication methods

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Wen Xiao

Wen Xiao

Unavailable

Bethesda, MD

Languages:English

How I can help you

I work with small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs in areas of business start-up, operation/growth strategies and planning, facility solutions, teaming and government contracting.

As the founding principal of a woman owned small business, a contract/project manager and an architect with nearly 30 years of practicing experience, I provide business management support, consultation for facility strategies and improvements, building design and construction administration, and small business government contracting support.  I bring business insights of a broad variety of industries from three decades of working with federal, state and local government agencies, science and technology institutions, commercial and corporate businesses clients.

I enjoy working with entrepreneurs and creative problem solvers, and brainstorming for ideas to improve businesses plans and performance.  It feels rewarding to volunteer my time and share my expertise with people who have the same aspirations for creating successful businesses.  I also bring passion and experiences in sustainable design, wellness, education, senior and childcare facility design, and international travel into my work.

Areas of expertise

Industry Experience

Education

Master of Architecture, University of Maryland 91'

Bachelor of Architecture, Tianjin University 89'

Communication methods

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John Guinivere

Available

Perrysburg, OH

How I can help you

There is no reason to make the same mistake twice, a well seasoned entrepreneur has thousands of mistakes and bad experiences. Sharing what I have already been through, good and bad, would be the most valuable aspect of what I have to offer. I also have a great imagination, thinking out of the box can be very helpful in predicting trends and developing ideas that help beat the competition. I also love to solve problems!

Areas of expertise

Industry Experience

Education

Robert Louis Stevenson College prep school, Pebble Beach California, class 1984

California Culinary Schhool, San Francisco, class 1986

Communication methods

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Pedro Serrajordia

Pedro Serrajordia

Available

Newton Center, MA

Chapter: Boston SCORE

Languages:English, Portuguese, Spanish

How I can help you

Entrepreneurship
Operations Strategy
Startup
Strategic Planning
Process improvement
Financial Management/Financial Planning
Budgeting/Cash Flow/Forecasting
Manufacturing
Transportation
Travel
Spanish
Portuguese
Mergers & Acquisitions
E-Commerce
Engineering
Management consulting

Areas of expertise

Industry Experience

Education

MBA at INSEAD in Singapore and France

MSc in aerospace engineering at ITA in Brazil

BsC in Civil Engineering at UPS in Brazil 

Communication methods

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Start-up & Strategy Mentor

Carlos A. Robles PhD

Available

Chula Vista, CA

Chapter: SCORE San Diego

Languages:English, Spanish

How I can help you

I am a start-up and strategy mentor and I can help you shape your business plan with an attractive value proposition and a solid business model that will bring your business idea to life or make your existing business more prosperous. My extensive experience in research, mentoring and training with entrepreneurs, has a very effective impact on the way in which small business owners discover their optimal value proposition and business model necessary to achieve your goals. 

If you try to export to Latin America or manufacture your products in Mexico, I can help you find the most suitable ally for your plans.

 

 

Español

Soy un mentor de emprendimiento y estrategia y puedo ayudarte a moldear tu plan de negocio con una propuesta de valor atractiva y un modelo de negocio sólido que le den vida a tu idea de negocio o que hagan de tu negocio existente mucho mas próspero. Mi extensa experiencia en investigación, mentoría y formación con emprendedores, tiene un impacto muy efectivo en la forma en que propietarios de pequeñas empresas descubren su propuesta de valor óptima y modelo de negocio necesaria para alcanzar tus metas.

Si intentas exportar a Latinoamérica o fabricar tus productos en México, puedo ayudarte a encontrar el aliado más adecuado para tus planes.

 

Carlos A. Robles, PhD

SCORE San Diego Volunteer

Areas of expertise

Industry Experience

Education

Doctor on Business Administration (PhD) University of Phoenix, AZ. Research areas: finance, SMEs and strategy

Master in Business Administration (MBA) IPADE Business School

Bachelor in Business Administration (BA) UIA

Español

Doctor en Administración de Empresas (DBA) University of Phoenix, AZ. Áreas de investigación: finanzas, PYMEs y estrategia

Maestría en Administración de Empresas (MBA) IPADE Business School

Licenciatura en Administración de Empresas (LAE) UIA

 

 

Communication methods

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Kat Mai SCORE Mentor San Diego Brand Identity Designer

Kat Mai

Unavailable

San Diego, CA

Chapter: SCORE San Diego

Languages:English

How I can help you

Creating Your Brand Story + Positioning to Sell

A question I always ask everyone, "Who are you, what do you do, and why does it matter?" The clearer you get your Brand Story, the easier your audience can understand why your business fits their need and the tribe they associate with, and the closer they they get to point of sale.

 

Identifying Your Ideal Client

Where I start most clients off, regardless of how many years in business or success. It's always good to get a clear idea of your ICA so you know how to best tailor your brand. 

 

Designing a Brand that Stands Out + Competes in the Marketplace

With multiple screens at our fingertips, how do you get noticed in an oversaturated market? We can talk out how to utilize branding, consistency, and repeat images and messaging to not only stand out, but make your competition irrelevant.

 

Connecting with Your Audience

People decide at a glance if you're the right fit for them or not. Make sure you're hitting the audience you want to target by not over or under-designing.

 

Depicting Your Value

Most customer and pricing issues are due to a mismatch between the value you portray, and the value you actually provide. Let's figure out where the gap is, and design accordingly.

 

Maximizing Your Marketing

A cohesive look across all collateral builds brand equity, makes you easier to recognize, thus making your marketing more effective and can actually reduce your marketing expenses in some areas.

 

If You Learn Only One Thing About Branding, it's...

Clear Messaging + Company Ethos + Visual Graphics + Show up Consistently = Strong Branding >> Strong Brands = Easier Sales

 

 

Areas of expertise

Industry Experience

Education

Brooks Institute of Photography, 2009

Communication methods

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