Starting a Business in Connecticut
Building your business? The Chamber offers free mentoring sessions, seminars and guest lectures led by experienced Greater Hartford SCORE business professionals. These volunteers are members of SCORE, a national non-profit organization and resource partner of the Small Business Administration (SBA). SCORE has been serving the community for more than 50 years.
Greater Hartford SCORE volunteers have extensive of business experience. They provide valuable advice and resources for you and your business whether you are starting out, growing, facing challenges or exiting the business. All mentoring sessions are confidential.
SCORE mentoring sessions are scheduled every first and third Wednesday of the month. Call (860) 229-1655 now to reserve a date to meet with a SCORE mentor.
You can learn more about SCORE at
Meet your mentors:
Savas Ozuolmez

Savas Ozuolmez

Major Areas of Expertise:
  • Reviewing Lease and Advising You what Needs to be Noted
  • Helping Business Purchase Decision Making
  • Helping to find out Startup Cost
  • Acknowledging You Recent Health Department Codes before Purchasing a Restaurant
  • Helping You Write a Business Plan
  • Guiding You an Exit Strategy if You Already Own a Restaurant
  • Things to Know Before You Invest into a Restaurant as an Angel Investor, Silent Partner, or Absentee Owner
  • Highlights of the Seller Financing and How to get It
  • Learning More About Other Financing Options Such as Lease to Own and SBA Loan
  • Things to Know Before You get Into a Partnership
  • Important Aspects of Working With Family Members and how to Overcome Potential Problems
Industry Experience:
  • Real Estate, Rental & Leasing
  • Accommodation & Food Services
Areas of Expertise:
  • Business Finance & Accounting
  • Business Strategy & Planning
  • Legal Services
  • Business Operations
  • Real Estate Broker license in Connecticut and Massachusetts
  • Bachelors Degree
Jim DeReynier

Jim DeReynier

Jim has been an active SCORE volunteer for more than six years in New Britain. He has a wealth of experience in the business world, having owned a manufacturing company and served as a Chief Financial Officer for a small venture capital firm, a biotech firm, and an international manufacturer.

Major Areas of Expertise:
  • Strategic and Marketing plan development
  • Structuring small companies to deal with stress from fast growth or stagnant cash flow
  • Preparing small companies for divestiture or acquisitions
  • Lean Management practices
  • Preparing owners for using Board of Advisors
  • Preparing business plans for external financing and state grants
Industry Experience:
  • Manufacturing & Mining
Areas of Expertise:
  • Business Finance & Accounting
  • Business Strategy & Planning
  • Manufacturing & Product Development
  • Lean Management practices
  • Business Operations
  • Sales, Marketing & Public Relations
  • Post graduate in Quality Engineering
  • Ernst and Young CPA
  • MBA, New York University Finance
  • BS, New York University - Economics and Statistics

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