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Business: Starting a Non-Profit

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Lucy Langley and Laura Delaflor, founders of The Undies Project,and their SCORE mentor Brian Jarvis discuss the basic components for starting a non-profit, including legal entities, accounting practices, finding funding, marketing, development and operations.

The inspiration to create The Undies Project came to Lucy Langley in 2014 while volunteering at Neighbor to Neighbor, a local non-profit organization serving people in need. While she sorted clothes for distribution she realized that underwear was the most under-donated and most needed item of clothing. She couldn’t imagine what it would be like to go without this basic necessity, or having to make the choice between putting a meal on the table or buying new underwear. Lucy discussed ways to overcome this need with her friend, Laura Delaflor. Laura quickly became very enthusiastic about helping and was instrumental in getting the project off the ground.

Advance registration with SCORE at scorefairfieldcounty.org is suggested. Sign-in begins at 5:30 pm; workshop 6-7:30 pm. Co-sponsored with Fairfield County SCORE.

Business retail expert Brian Jarvis started with a small shop and ended up running over 1,000 stores for a large organization doing over $1B. His skills in helping the small business owner achieve success are unique to each project and include concept of brands and how to create and nurture unique concepts. Being in cosmetics for many years taught him the importance of product training and development of staff. He has a strong grasp of the financials of retail and back-end technology, plus site selection and construction.

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Business: How to Excel in the Job Force, the Millennial Edition

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Maureen Mackey and Michael Mazzabufi of Mackey & Guasco Staffing will discuss how Millenials can overcome descriptions of their age group as "The Priviledged Generation" and be viewed as valued members of a cross-generational workforce.

Maureen Mackey has been in the staffing industry for over 29 years specializing in the areas of human resources, office administration, marketing and accounting. In 2002 she co-founded Mackey & Guasco Staffing and prior to that she was a partner at Impact Personnel in Norwalk, CT. Maureen has held a number of Board positions for the Southern Connecticut Chapter of The Society of Human Resources Management (SOCT SHRM) since 1997 including President for two terms. Currently, Maureen serves on the advisory board of Allcountyjobs.com and is a member of The CEO Roundtable. She also served on the board of directors as vice-president of programs with the National Human Resources Association. Maureen has been affiliated with both The Connecticut Association of Personnel Services and the American Staffing Association since 1989. She earned her BA from Pace University. Maureen is best known for her uncanny ability to read and expertly match candidates to a variety of corporate cultures. In addition, Maureen has mastered the art of networking while maintaining an empathetic personal approach to both job seekers and businesses alike.

Michael Mazzabufi joined Mackey & Guasco Staffing in 2014 after graduating from UConn Storrs campus. Michael is a full-cycle recruiter focusing on contract and temporary placements in a variety of disciplines including office administration, human resources and accounting. Michael is a member of the National and local SHRM organizations and is an active member of the Young Professionals Group of the SOCT SHRM Chapter. Mike has been nominated for the 2016 Fairchester Recruiting Summit Awards in the category of ‘Rising Star under 30’
 

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Business: Running a Construction Company

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Scott Lumby (right) and Mitch Kidd (left), co-founders of Wellbuilt Co., lead a workshop will cover the business problems that a construction company faces as a window into the problems that every business faces.

  • The customers and the channels necessary to reach those customers
  • The sales message and how to delivery it convincingly
  • How the business has changed over the last 10 years and what we’ve had to do to adjust
  • The top lessons learned; what we’ve done well, what we haven’t
  • What we see the future looking like and our strategy for responding to the future.

 Advance registration with SCORE at scorefairfieldcounty.org is suggested. Sign-in at 5:30 pm; workshop 6-8 pm. Co-sponsored with Fairfield County SCORE.

Scott Lumby: Coming from a family background in real estate and development, Scott's passion for building and development was instilled from an early age. The natural career progression was obvious in construction and property development. Scott earned Building & Construction Management degrees at the University of New South Wales while working full time under a cadet ship program at one of Australia's leading construction and development company, St. Hilliers Construction. He gained further professional management expertise in Aspen, Colorado running several large-scale, luxury residential projects from 2006-2011 under Bob Bowden Properties and John Olson Builder.

Mitch Kidd: Growing up in Australia, Mitch's work ethic and passion for construction was cultivated at an early age through employment with renowned construction and development firm, St. Hilliers Australia. Mitch attended the University of New South Wales graduating with Honors in Construction Management and Economics. Immersed in the construction industry as a Contractor and Developer, his professional career has taken him to Sydney, Aspen, Boston and New York. Mitch is a recent graduate of Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses. The program is offered to select candidates who demonstrate outstanding leadership qualities and the potential to drive economic growth
 

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Medicare 101 and Beyond

November 2, 2016
Medicare 101

Lou Pelletier, a retirement and estate planner, discussed Medicare, which provides health insurance to all Americans over the age of 65. He'll cover the various options and programs that are available on November 2, 2016 at the Westport Library.

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Building a Successful E-Commerce Empire

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Attorney and small business expert Cliff Ennico discusses how to build a successful business online, promote an existing “brick and mortar” business on the internet or sell on eBay. If you are thinking about any sort of web-based business, you will benefit from this fast-paced program that is designed to teach you the keys to e-commerce success.
Among the things you will learn in this program:

  • The seven steps to building a successful online business
  • The four things people look for when they search online
  • Why you need a website for your small business, and what should (and shouldn’t) appear there
  • How to integrate your website with your eBay, Amazon, Yahoo!, Etsy, social media profiles
  • How to integrate your website with your eBay, Amazon, Yahoo!, Etsy, social media profiles and other e-commerce platforms
  • How to market your online business successfully, both on the Web and offline
  • How to cope with sales taxes, privacy concerns and other legal and tax issues you will face when selling online

Advance registration with SCORE at scorefairfieldcounty.org is suggested. Sign-in at 5:30 pm; workshop 6-8 pm. Co-sponsored with Fairfield County SCORE.

Attorney, author, syndicated columnist, speaker, television personality and humorist Cliff Ennico is considered one of North America's foremost small business experts, and has helped more than 15,000 small businesses get off the ground over the past 33 years. Formerly host of MoneyHunt, a PBS reality television series that was the “SharkTank” of the 1990s, Cliff is the author of fifteen books on entrepreneurship and small business success, including The eBay Seller’s Tax and Legal Answer Book, Small Business Survival Guide and Money Hunt: 27 New Ways to Create and Build a Breakaway Business. He speaks nationwide to corporations, business groups and professional organizations on legal and tax issues affecting entrepreneurs and their technology, web-based and e-commerce businesses. 

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POSTPONED: The ART of Building a Creative Business

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POSTPONED: Future date to be announced.

Bonnie Marcus, founder of the Bonnie Marcus Collection, discusses how to transition your small business (or creative idea) from your kitchen table into an international brand. She combined her love of fashion design with her background in event planning and built a successful paper stationery business. After 10 years, she expanded into the world of licensing with her greeting cards designs appearing in Target and her photo cards at CVS. Her designs can also be found on home furnishings, fashion accessories, gifts and cosmetics. A successful collaboration with Parragon Publishing led to books, schedule planners and calendars design. Bonnie has been recognized as a pioneer for women in business and is a winner of the prestigious “Make Mine a Million Dollar Business” contest from American Express. Locally, she is proud to have launched a thriving, award-winning business group for entrepreneurial moms in Connecticut.

Bonnie Marcus launched her stylish stationery and gift company from her kitchen table in Westport, Connecticut. Prior to this, Bonnie served as the Director of Special Events at the 92nd Street Y, where she planned events for hundreds of celebrities and notables, like Clint Eastwood, Al Pacino and Hillary Clinton. In 2002, when eight months pregnant with her first child, Bonnie combined her love for fashion with her event planning expertise, and created her paper stationery collection. It caught on, and her designs were featured in “O” the Oprah Magazine, New York Magazine as a “Best Bet,” Entrepreneur, and on the Today Show, giving her new company instant national recognition.

After ten years in the stationery industry, Bonnie expanded her company into the world of licensing, and today her stylish designs can be found in over 20,000 retail stores around the world. Her greeting cards are in Target through a licensing relationship with American Greetings and her photo cards are in CVS stores internationally through the Kodak Picture Kiosks. Her designs can also be found on home furnishings, fashion accessories, gifts, and cosmetics. In addition, Bonnie has designed numerous books in collaboration with Parragon Publishing. She has done a Fashion Style Book, two cookbooks, a mom planner, and ten puzzle books and an extensive calendar collection which is launching this year.

 

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Community Event: Westport-Weston Chamber of Commerce Special on "The Library of the Future"

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The Westport-Weston Chamber of Commerce is holding a special "Business After Hours," hosted by the Westport Library. Hear about "The Library of the Future: For Business and Community." Refreshments will be served. Tickets are $20 for Chamber of Commerce members and $25 for non-members. Chamber members may bring a prospective member once for free.

"This is a great collaboration between the Chamber and the Library to allow the business community to see what the Library has to offer them in a hands on way," said Matthew Mandell, Executive Director of the WWCC. "Until you step through those doors you have no idea all the wonderful things the library does and has to offer to business people. This event will give them an opportunity find out." 

“We are looking forward to connecting with the business community and showcasing the innovative tools and support services available here at the Westport Library, resources necessary to succeed in an increasingly competitive business world,” said Bill Harmer, Executive Director of the Library. Learn about and test cutting-edge tools like virtual reality devices, MakerSpace design and 3D printing equipment, support for entrepreneurs, the Thomson Reuters Eikon comprehensive investment tool and more. 

The Chamber of Commerce runs monthly Business After Hours events at different member venues. These get-togethers give business people the opportunity to mingle and network while it gives the host venue the opportunity to show off who they are and what they do. 

 

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Quality Control Using Six Sigma Methodology

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Management consultant Andy Jawlik discusses methods used to streamline business processes and eliminate waste. Many large corporations and organizations have greatly improved their efficiency, quality and customer satisfaction using the Lean and Six Sigma methods. These, however, require significant investments in time and skilled resources and are not usually practical for small businesses. This workshop provides a simplification of Lean Six Sigma suitable for small businesses. This includes five basic concepts and principles, a four phase simplified method and the use of ten simple tools. Advance registration with SCORE at scorefairfieldcounty.org is suggested. Sign-in at 5:30 pm; workshop 6-8 pm. Co-sponsored with Fairfield County SCORE.

Andy Jawlik is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. He held a variety of positions in his career with IBM, including Process Executive. His book, Statistics from A to Z: Confusing Concepts Clarified, will be published this year by Wiley.  

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Reputation Management on Social Media

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Kristina Centnere, owner of eKAT Development, an internet marketing firm, discusses approaches to the management of the online reputaton of your business. If you have ever used Yelp or Google reviews to pick a restaurant or a plumber, you know that what is said about your business online can make a difference. Additionally, consistent reviews help significantly with search engine optimization. With proper reputation management, you can make sure that even negative reviews don’t hurt your business.

This workshop will help you:

  • Understand the importance of social media as a reputation management tool
  • Respond properly to positive and negative reviews of your business on social media
  • Properly monitor your reputation online

Advance registration with SCORE at scorefairfieldcounty.org is suggested. Sign-in at 5:30 pm; workshop 6-8 pm. Co-sponsored with Fairfield County SCORE.

Kristina Centnere is the owner of eKAT Development, a full-service internet marketing firm. She started her career in marketing as a content developer for websites and social media profiles and transitioned to also include website design anddevelopment, search engine optimization andmarketing, mobile application development and software development. An expert in social media content creation and advertising, Ms. Centnere and her team helps clients get the most out of their online presence by creating both online and offline strategies in improving customer relations, generating authentic reviews and monitoring reputation.

 

 

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Social Commerce: A New Way of Doing Business

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Social commerce entrepreneurs Jenn Cohn Falik, Anne Epstein and Anne Greenberg and life/career coach Lori Fields discuss social commerce opportunities. This modern use of social network marketing is very effective in the beauty retail sector and may be an ideal way for women to return to the work force.

Jenn Falik has been in the beauty industry for over 15 years—as an on-air contributor, a publicist, a spokesperson and a blogger. Always fascinated by changing retail trends in the beauty world, Jenn is currently navigating the social commerce landscape by building a Rodan + Fields skincare business with fellow Westport moms Anne Epstein and Anne Greenberg. Together they help women across the country understand how they can press play on their professional lives with social commerce.

Anne Epstein is an internet technologist and marketing pioneer who helped launch international renowned brands ABCSports and MTV online during the .com boom. She has extensive fashion experience in e-commerce and re-branding roles, launched her own eco-friendly fashion label, and currently is focusing on leveraging her experience in the digital and social space. 

Anne Greenberg is a wife and mother living in Westport. Her professional career has run the gamut- from assistant principal to iPhone app owner to social media manager to, most recently, social commerce skincare consultant. She's always looking for ways to enhance her life through entrepreneurial experiences.

Lori Fields is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Entrepreneur and Personal Development Coach. With over 15 years of experience as a clinical practitioner with a Master’s Degree in Social Work from NYU, she is highly regarded in the field of women’s empowerment for her expertise in helping women live their most powerful & purpose driven life. Through her private practice, writing and public speaking Lori has provided thousands of women with the tools and motivation necessary to finally believe that they are worthy of living the life they long for.

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