Learn from successful entrepreneurs, CEOs, executives and business leaders as they share their experiences, insight and tips. Topics include marketing, management, mentoring, money and many others. Improve your business by listening to this business series from SCORE, with Business Alchemist Dennis Zink as your host.

Building security is often overlooked by business owners who think "it can't happen here".  Dennis Zink interviews Don and Dr. Donette Gordon, the owners of Unseen Security.  In this episode, they discuss the importance of preparing for the possibility of an "active shooter"; a person who comes into a building with the express intent of killing or injuring staff and others.  They discuss developing a security plan and how to protect yourself should an event occur.

They can be reached at 775-354-6700, or at their website: www.unseensecurity.com

Direct download: Episode_8_-_Workplace_Violence_and_Security.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:07am EDT

Employment for seniors has been challenging.  Dennis Zink interviews Tim Hearon and Rick Emberly of Boomerswork.us.  Boomerswork.us is a service that matches senior, experienced retirees or those who wish to retire with prospective employers who are looking for defined-term or part-time staff.  Because of the technology platform utilized by Boomerswork.us, there is no cost to the employee, and the cost for employers is much less than that of traditional employment agencies.

For further information, you can visit www.boomerswork.us, call 941-441-5793, or email info@boomerswork.us.

Direct download: Episode_7_v2_-_Boomerswork.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:36pm EDT

Protecting computer data is an essential part of a business continuity plan.  Dennis Zink interviews David Spire, President and CEO of United Systems, Inc.  David has been named to the 2013 SMB 150, a listing of the top 150 worldwide SMB IT channel influencers, and United Systems was listed in the 2013 MSPmentor 100 Small Business Edition, the 2013 MSPmentor 501 Global Edition, the 2013 CRN Next-Gen 250 and the Tampa Bay Business Journal's List of the Top 25 Largest Managed IT Service Providers.

David can be reached at 941-721-6423, via email at david@unitedsystemsinc.com, or you can find out about the services his company provides at www.unitedsystemsinc.com

Direct download: Episode_6_-_Computer_Loss_Prevention.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:14am EDT

Selling outside the US is a realistic option for domestic companies.  Dennis Zink interviews Chuck Steilen, who has been exporting products for nearly 40 years, and has an extraordinary amount of experience with Hong Kong and China.

Chuck can be reached at 941-556-9113, or at cfrsteilen@gmail.com

Direct download: Episode_5_-_Exporting.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:24pm EDT

Raising capital is an important task for many business owners.  Dennis Zink interviews Fred Dunayer, a SCORE Mentor, who has expertise in providing alternative financing (equipment leasing, inventory financing, purchase order financing and accounts receivable financing) to companies in need of cash.  Fred is principal of The Interface Financial Group, and can be reached at 941-400-0977 or by email at fdunayer@interfacefinancial.com

Direct download: Episode_4_-_Alternative_Financing.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:47am EDT

Purchasing a franchise has benefits and challenges for those starting a business.  Dennis Zink interviews Bob Melberth, a SCORE Mentor and franchise owner, who consults with clients that are exploring opportunities to purchase franchises.  Bob can be contacted at Manasota SCORE, 941-955-1029 or at manasota.score.org.

Direct download: Episode_3_-_Franchising_v2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:48pm EDT

An exit strategy is an important part of business planning, and one option is to sell the business.  Dennis Zink interviews Norm Silverstein, a SCORE Mentor and expert on evaluating, buying and selling businesses.  Norm can be reached by contacting Manasota SCORE at 941-955-1029, or by visiting our website at manasota.score.org

Direct download: Episode_2_-_Selling_a_Business_v2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:45pm EDT

Purchasing an existing business is an option for those that would like to have their own company.  Dennis Zink interviews Norm Silverstein, a SCORE mentor with extensive experience buying and selling businesses.  To contact Norm, contact Manasota SCORE at 941-955-1029 or visit our website at manasota.score.org.

Direct download: Episode_1_-_Buying_a_Business.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:58am EDT