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.
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Meet your mentors:
Steve Avroch

Steve Avroch

Steve specializes in helping businesses with startup planning and business to business sales and marketing. With more than 35 years experience with sales and marketing management in the corporate world and having successfully starting up and selling his own business, Steve has a wealth of knowledge for entrepreneurs.

Major Areas of Expertise:
  • Teaching Sales Skills
  • Analyzing competition through marketing research
  • Business to business market planning
  • Setting up a sales organization
  • Advertising strategy for business to business sales organization
Industry Experience:
  • Media and Communication
  • Marketing, Advertising and Creative Services
  • Health Care and Life Services
Areas of Expertise:
  • Business Strategy & Planning
  • Sales, Marketing & Public Relations
  • MBA, Western New England University
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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