In this introductory class, you will discover:
1. What it takes to start a business and be a successful entrepreneur.
2. How to evaluate your business idea, determine marketability and profitability (also known as the Business Model Canvas).
3. How to transform your business idea into an actionable business plan.
4. Local resources available to assist you on your entrepreneurial journey.
5. An opportunity to network with other attendees.
Instructor: Ivona Piper & Arnold Dunn
SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship. SCORE is supported by the US Small Business Administration (SBA), has a national network of over 10,000 volunteers and a vibrant local chapter.
Multi-channel marketing executive with 30 years of experience in technology and analytics driven marketing, in both B2B and B2C corporate environments. Led the development of business foundations for Customer Relationship Management (CRM), data mining, customer analytics, and automated marketing for major retailers and clinical research companies such as Staples, Quintiles, and Limited Inc. Frequent speaker at conferences (DMA, NCDM, IIR, Adobe, SAS) on analytics in retail industry, and guest lecturer (Babson, Penn) on customer information management in marketing . Graduate of University of Pennsylvania and Wharton School. Fluent in English, Polish (native) and proficient in Russian.
Arnold Dunn (currently Chapter-Vice Chair) has over 30 years of business experience. He started his career as an Accountant with Touche Ross & Co. Spent seven years in the retail business with a NYSE company rising to the level of Treasurer. He then changed industries and became the Chief Financial Officer of a ladies handbag and accessory company and successfully sold it to a private equity fund in 1997. For the next 20 years he owned and operated a wholesale children's wear company located in New York City. This is where he gained much experience in the garment business and importing merchandise from all parts of the world. Arnold is well versed in Accounting and Tax matters, Banking and Finance, License Agreements, Trade-names, DBA's, Trademarks, Legal entities, Insurance. He is also an active investor in Real Estate and a partner in a Private Mortgage business totaling over $20 million in outstanding private loans. He is also a certified instructor and teaches Welcome to Entrepreneurship (WTE).