Nonprofit, Public and Professional Organizations

Robert Craig Warner

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Reno, NV

Languages:English

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Michael F Heath

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Reno, NV

Languages:English

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US Bank - Business Banker

Dec. 2009 to Now

 

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University Nevada Reno

Bachelors - Finance

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Ask SCORE

            I’ve owned a successful home security business for a number of years. I put in lots of hours, think I operate efficiently, yet I find myself constantly overwhelmed trying to keep up with what’s going on in the business world and my industry. How do people keep on top of such things?

Though days still have 24 hours, and years are guaranteed to have no fewer than 12 months, it does sometimes seem as if the world is turning faster and faster. Patterns, trends and technologies that seemed rock-solid last year can spike in a different direction at a moment’s notice.

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

Pat Bell - HR/Leadership Presenter

Patricia Ann Bell

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Austin, TX

Chapter: SCORE Austin

Languages:English

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A Human Resources professional of 30 years and is driven to assist organizations and individuals reach their fullest potential.  Pat began consulting as PatBellHR in 2011 and has combined her past full time and independent career opportunities into a fulfilling practice.  Her greatest joy is working with companies to develop employees and leaders to create a thriving company culture of success.

Pat’s long term career in human resources has been rich with many experiences.  Her expertise has developed in many industries including; consumer products, telecommunications, IT consulting, startups, non-profits, IT Initiatives and retail.  Her passion is to encourage and facilitate training regarding the unknown challenges of the employee/leader relationship.  From recruiting, employee relations, supervisor training to major company transitions, her skills have been tested and strengthened. 

In addition to training, Pat also enjoys assisting organizations with leadership development initiatives.  Her approach is both strategic and practical to create a plan for success.  

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Pat is a certified trainer for the Franklin Covey program, “Four Imperatives of Great Leaders” and ELI’s leadership training program, “Civil Treatment for Leaders”. 

 

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Nonprofit Success Depends on Your Business Mindset

Running a nonprofit takes passion, dedication, and a big heart. Whether you’re working to save endangered animals, slow climate change, or help your neighborhood prosper, it’s easy to let your mission take center stage. After all, tirelessly serving that mission is key to your nonprofit’s success.

But are you looking at your nonprofit like a business?

Feeding by Reading

Tamer Marshood’s nonprofit, Feeding by Reading, started off as an idea developed during a NJIT business class and through dedication and guidance from Anthony Basile and other SCOREBergen mentors, his program is now a part of Irvington, NJ schools and Tamer is in talks to partner with other organizations and go international with the program.

“Two years ago, I was at a point in my life where I was trying to figure out the next thing I wanted to do. I previously worked in the music industry in LA, but [eventually] the day came that I needed a new direction and I moved back to New Jersey,” Tamer said.

Tamer began studying mechanical engineering at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He began formulating the idea for Feeding by Reading in 2013. “Every night I started brainstorming business ideas, 5-10 minutes every night, of strategizing. I came up with new ideas and as a result, the concept for this program came to mind. I originally thought of it as a class project for kids, like a walk-a-thon but with books. Then I thought of the component to feed hungry kids. I just let it sit and cook in my mind for a while. The more I thought of it, the more it came together. It’s really funny to see how far I’ve come – looking back from those days to where it is now.”

Tamer entered a fellowship contest for startups hosted by the school and won. “That’s when I really knew I had something,” he said.

In early 2014, Tamer got to work on refining the program so it was ready to launch. “I ended up finding SCORE online while doing research on starting a nonprofit,” he said. “I had spoken to someone with SCORE years ago, so when I saw the name I had an idea of who they were. It was very easy and I thought, ‘This is perfect.’” Tamer went to bergen.score.org, the SCOREBergen website, and requested an appointment. “Within a few weeks I had a meeting with Anthony Basile and Frank Melchior,” he said. “They were very easy to deal with and were on time with correspondence.”

Two in three fourth graders aren’t reading at grade level (among low-income households, four in five aren’t reading at grade level) and 15.8 million children live in food-insecure homes.

“Feeding by Reading is a read-a-thon pledge drive where kids read books to raise money to feed hungry kids in their community,” Tamer said. “Here’s the way it works: children participating in the program read books and ask sponsors to make a donation to support them. The money they raise goes to a local food pantry that feeds hungry kids in their community.” Feeding by Reading decides where the money gets designated with input from participating school systems, communities, and local government.

* For more information on Feeding by Reading or to become a sponsor, visit feedingbyreading.org

 

 

 

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Owner/Founder
Tamer Marshood
My Location
Maplewood, NJ
United States
Year Company Formed
2013
My Successes

Feeding by Reading lets schools and the children decide which books to read. Communities may or may not require assistance in providing books to the children. “For the programs we've held so far in which the children needed books, our organization provided books to the children. Last year we provided about 1500 books to Irvington,” Tamer said.

Tamer is dedicated to making sure money isn’t a hindrance for schools who want to participate in the program. “It’s one of the more challenging parts of our operation due to the costs involved,” he said. “My aim is to find larger companies willing to donate books to children for our program … I'm seeking out publishing companies as well as retailers.”

The children or the schools program keep the books. Readers may ask family and friends for contributions to local organizations. “Kids in lower income areas may experience challenges raising money,” Tamer said. “The program is also set up so that to anyone may sponsor a reader. [This way,] children who haven’t been able to raise funds on their own can still make a difference simply by reading!”

Tamer’s seeking funding to provide more books to students in need and is always open to working with publishing companies. Additionally, he’s interested in working with an author to create a children’s book based on the Feeding by Reading culture. “We're currently looking into the possibility of setting up libraries for the schools we work with,” Tamer said. “What we'd like to create a situation where each child get at least one book to keep and then has access to a library of books that the school is able to keep for all the children to enjoy.”

Tamer’s also considering expanding his market. “The program is open to schools, libraries, religious organizations and youth groups – both here and abroad. We may be bringing the organization to India as well as Uganda,” he said. “Things are starting to grow and build.”

What's Great About My Mentor?

“It’s great practice for starting a company. If you’re starting a project, you’ll have to meet with a lot of people and you can use meetings with SCORE as practice sessions to present your company, elevator pitch, and yourself. How we sell ourselves as individuals is important and SCORE gives you a forum in which to train so you’re ready for your first face-to-face. It’s very valuable. SCORE helped me strengthen that skill and present myself in that realm.”

“Frank Melchoir told me to make sure I kept a reign on things and that this can easily grow out of control. That concept shined through this whole process. He stressed the importance of growing at a manageable rate as there was still much to learn.

“Peter Loder once came in with a printout of every page of my website marked up. I wasn’t expecting that personal touch when I first signed up with SCORE. He [also] showed me holes in my business plan, which helped me refine my marketing and presentation.

“During this time I was meeting with Irvington, NJ school administrators and the Board of Education. Frank Melchior, Anthony Basile, Peter Loder, and Kristine Scheufele helped me prepare for meetings. They asked such great questions, the ones that needed to be asked, so the answers flew out of me when I met with education professionals. That was the best part about my relationship with SCORE: it was like having my own team and board of directors to consult."

How SCORE Helped

“SCOREBergen made a huge contribution in many ways. Through SCORE I found other contacts; it was great that they were so up-to-date and aware. [Their assistance in setting up the] structure of the program, how it runs, and making sure everything’s in place to take it to the next level – that alone was invaluable to the success of the program so far.

“They have so much experience and so much valuable guidance came out of it. My SCORE team provided wisdom and direction that you only get from someone with years in business. Much of the guidance included advice on how to deal with people and starting and developing business relationships. We also dug deep into the details of my program—further than I had previously gone on my own. We really broke down my program and organization. We created operational charts and developed our ideas on paper.

“SCORE helped me put my website together and they provided such great feedback on how things work. I was really impressed with how much effort they put into it -- I wasn’t just a random meeting for them, they behaved as though they had as just as much invested in the project as I did.

“Vital elements of the program came out of discussions that we had. For example: Reading Points (points children earn for reading that they can accumulate to win prizes). During one of our meetings, we were discussing the process with which to track students’ reading and the challenges that could arise. Our reading points concept was born in that SCORE meeting.

“One great thing about conversations in SCORE meetings is it brings things back to reality what’s happening [in the] now. Meeting with the counselors every few weeks realigns your thoughts and direction. As an entrepreneur, that’s an under-appreciated element. You’ve got to be able to take care of what’s in front of you and SCORE keeps the needle pointed north.

“My mentors and I became friends and they were very much involved. SCORE was a big element that led to Feeding by Reading’s success.”

Joyce Fox

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Akron, OH

Chapter: Akron SCORE

Languages:English

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Currently an educator, student, coach, and entrepreneur.  I have taught in the private school setting for almost 20 years grades Pre - K through 8th grade.  I have been an entrepreneur instructor for 4th through 10th graders during a 4 week summer program the last five years.

I am the Communications Director for a nonprofit called Moving Beyond Hope, which serves to help low and middle income families transition off of the "system" cycle and regain their financial freedom through education.   

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I received my diploma from Princeton High School, Cincinnati, Ohio in May of 1988

I received my Bachelor of Arts in Rhetoric and Communication in May of 1993

I have certifications in Landmark Education,  NFTE (National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship)

Ice House Entrepreneurship,

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Thomas Murphy

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Lancaster, PA

Languages:English

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Owner and Innkeeper of a small business (Walnut Lawn Bed and Breakfast) located in Lampeter, PA. My background before becoming a business person, three years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Thailand and thirty years as an administrator in the Pennsylvania Public Schools. During the professional years, facilitated numerous workshops, supervised personnel, managed inventories and budgets, prepared briefs and evaluated programs and personnel. Retirement brought three years teaching English as a second language in Northern Thailand as a Peace Corps Volunteer. On return from Thailand we settled in Lancaster County with the purchase of the B&B. Expertise is in search, evaluation, operation accounting, budgets and management of a small business. My experiences include presentations, mentoring, evaluations and human relations. Joined SCORE in 2015.

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Peace Corps Pre-Service Training – Thailand: Thai Language, Thai Culture and Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL).

Masters of Education – Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Completed requirements for Public School Elementary and Secondary Principal’s Certification as well as Supervisor of Mathematics Certification.

B.S. in Mathematics and B.A. in General Arts and Sciences – Pennsylvania State University College Park, Pennsylvania

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