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Chapter Business Luncheons

Linsey M. Johnson, Esq. Partner, Freund, Freeze & Arnold, LPA

Linsey M. Johnson, Esq. Partner, Freund, Freeze & Arnold, LPA, was the guest speaker at the Dayton SCORE luncheon on the topic of Cybersecurity. During her presentation she stressed that businesses of all sizes should protect themselves in terms of liability from Cyber breaches. She stated, ”The bottom line: Did you do what was reasonably and readily available to protect your clients from hackers?”. Linsey also shared actions businesses can take, such as, developing and practicing a written response plan.

Juli Burnell, founder of Ellie’s rainy day fund, was Dayton SCORE’s success story for the month of August. She credited both Dayton SCORE mentorship and workshops for her success. Her story is an excellent example of how business can receive maximum impact from this combination.    

The Dayton SCORE mentor profile on Al Torres, Vice Chairperson of Education, highlighted areas he has identified to enhance workshops, namely: proposal writing and benchmarking, or comparing one business to another on performance, cost and profitability.

Mr. Jeffrey S. Senney - Pickrel, Schaeffer and Ebeling

Mr. Jeffrey S. Senney, Attorney at Law, with Pickrel, Schaeffer and Ebeling, a Legal Professional Association, addressed SCORE members at the May, 25th luncheon. Mr. Senny gave a very detailed presentation on starting a new business, from basic planning to possible problems and opportunities. When he discussed the topic of business partnership, he stated, “You are typically better off confronting problems up front when you and your partner are still friends rather than wait to problem solve or sort it out on the backend”. He covered other common mistakes to avoid, such as, not naming yourself as statutory agent and having a tie breaker when you have a two person 50/50 ownership in a business.

The SCORE volunteer profile person of the month was Mr. Jack Culp, Dayton Chapter Secretary. Jack stated, “I was attracted to SCORE because I was immersed in a family culture of independent business owners. It is in my genes”. He added, “I want to help people live the American dream”.

Karen Durand, Assistant District Director, SCORE, presented Dayton SCORE with the Distinguished Service Award. Charles Anderson, Dayton SCORE Chapter Chair, went on to report that Dayton SCORE is on track and ahead of schedule for all planned initiatives.

Karen Maner - Culture Works

Karen ManerAt the February luncheon, our guest speaker was Karen Maner, Communications and Project Manager of Culture Works. She provided expert advice on the subject of crowdfunding. Karen manages the Dayton region, which is a crowdfunding site for non-profit businesses.

She defined crowdfunding as, a large number of people donating small amounts of money to projects through a crowdfunding site or platform. Karen stated, “Focusing on preparing people to give early will have an appearance of a successful crowdfunding campaign”, pointing out that people like backing campaigns that look like they’ll be successful.

John Soutar was the February featured Dayton SCORE mentor. John has served as Secretary, 3 years - Programs, 3 years - Membership Chair, 4 year and has been a Mentor for 7 years --- Great Job John.

A testimonial was given by Jason McCoy, Owner, The Organic Turf Company. His company is located in Tipp City, which provides lawn and landscape fertility, weed control, and pest control to residential and commercial clients in Southwest Ohio. A Dayton mentor  coached Jason through the development of defined job roles and how the roles fit into the hierarchy of his company. The mentor also coached him on the details of creating accountability in each position and how to reward behaviors and quickly see which employees are not meeting expectations.  To view the complete testimonial, CLICK HERE.

2015 Annual Awards Luncheon

The annual Dayton Chapter of SCORE Recognition Luncheon took place at the Country Club of the North in Beavercreek Ohio. The luncheon was attended by members, their spouses, sponsors of SCORE programs and small business owners. The theme of the event was celebrating the accomplishments of our chapter and their clients.


Key Note Speaker - Greg Mcafee

Greg Mcafee

Our key note speaker was Greg Mcafee, of Mcafee HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning).  In 1990 he started Mcafee HVAC, Greg is an author, a motivational speaker, and consultant on a national level and helps others in the Heating and Air Conditioning business in the Dayton area and nationally.

Greg talked to the group about his book; it’s My Your Dream. He covered the eight key points of changing your life and working to achieving your dream.


Partnership Award

DayAir Credit UnionPartnership Award was made by Robert Talty, the immediate past chair. It awarded DayAir Credit Union as the outstanding partner with Dayton SCORE. Bob noted that they were also selected last year due to their support in the Dayton Shark Tank competition. Don Sweitzer accepted the award.


Small Business Achievement Award

Andrew Hughes

The Small Business Achievement Award was presented to Andrew Hughes, president of Designing Digitally accepted the award from Charles Anderson, Chapter Chair. The award reads to “Designing Digitally, Inc. for excellence by incorporating innovation, creativity, and gamification to enhance learner retention. Showing a dream can come true”.


Non-Profit Client Award

Non-Profit Award

Stepping Stones Ranch was chosen as the small business Non-Profit Client Award for 2015. The presentation was made by Wally and Carolyn Nugent, co-chairs of the non-profit SCORE committee. 

It is a residential ranch for at-risk girls from age 6 to 18 using Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) therapy. Stepping Stones Ranch provides a safe place for girls who need a place to call home while they heal from the past. The award was accepted by Danielle Combs, Director of Operations, and Dar Hensely, Executive Director.


Chapter Spark Plug Award

Robert Puskar

Arnold Sandness, past chapter chair and former District Director, made the Spark Plug Award presentation to Robert Puskar. The award recognizes the special person of energy who ignites by example the conduct for all SCORE members to emulate. The nominee is evaluated on the basis of his or her performance in the areas of MENTORING, OUTREACH and TEAM BUILDING.


SCORE National Platinum Award

John Soutar

The highest award that can be given by the SCORE association is the Platinum award. The volunteer receiving it must have demonstrated meritorious service and made a significant contribution to SCORE. To be eligible for this award, a volunteer must have provided a minimum of seven years of meritorious service and have served in a position of leadership during that period.

John Soutar joined Dayton SCORE in 2007. He has served the chapter consistently and well during his tenure as a member. He served as chapter secretary in 2008 and 2009. He continues to serve as a face to face counselor with an excellent reputation as a mentor. He has served as the speaker chair for several years and continues in that capacity. John was presented the award by Southwest District Director, Mary Jane Good.


Charles (Chuck) Anderson was installed as Chairperson of Dayton SCORE Chapter 107, as Robert Talty steps down after serving for two years. Mary Jane Good, District Director, SCORE, administered the oath of office at the swearing in ceremony during the October Chapter luncheon held on October, 28th. Chuck turned over the reigns as Treasurer for Dayton SCORE to Jon Hazelton, who was also installed as a new officer.

Chuck stated that his vision going forward with Dayton SCORE focuses on working as a team; “If we can achieve team strength, we can move forward to significant improvements in client services and better serve our nine county areas.” He also points out clear goals and specific projects.

The day included a comprehensive presentation by Ann Riegle-Crichton, Business Specialist, Dayton Metro Library, on the Research Resources-Database that will allow you to study local business conditions, explore business and industry trends and identify new customers and/or suppliers.

SCORE is committed to delivering a positive client experience. Andrew Hughes, President, CEO of Designing Digitally, Inc. and a Dayton SCORE client, praised the quick response from the two Dayton SCORE mentors who worked with him as a team to his benefit.

Arnold SandnessAfter 19 years of distinguished service, Arnold Sandness will leave behind an impressive contribution to the SCORE organization when he leaves the area to relocate to Florida.  These contributions include, Chapter Chair, Dayton Chapter of SCORE from 2000-2002, District Director, Southern Ohio SCORE, 2004-2010, and Chair of the Dayton SCORE non-profit initiative.

When asked about his most significant contribution to SCORE Arnold said “It was leading the Dayton Chapter to National Chapter of the year.”  In 2002, as Chair of Dayton SCORE he led the Chapter to be named National SCORE Chapter of the year by the SCORE Association and the SBA.  He added, as he recalled the experience” I travelled to Washington DC with my wife, Marilyn, to receive the award and be honored by the SCORE Board of Directors.  This was the highlight of my SCORE career.”  Harry Rhode, District Director of SCORE in 2002, commented on Arnold’s leadership when Dayton SCORE was named Chapter of the year.  He said “Dayton has a terrific Chapter Chairman and a terrific chapter”. 

The variety of positions Arnold has held after joining SCORE has helped to establish the organization as the premier provider of business counseling and membership services to small businesses in the Dayton area.  Arnold said that the most satisfying aspect of the work that he has done as a volunteer was to “have the Chapter prosper, help achieve the goals of National SCORE and enjoy the success of the Dayton Chapter non- profit initiative"

The July Dayton SCORE chapter meeting had a packed agenda of important resource information for the small business, and was highlighted with awards and recognition.

Several guest speakers shared vital services:

  • RoShawn Winburn, Business and Technical Assistant Administrator, City of Dayton, Ohio Human Relations Council, covered an overview of Business and Technical assistance, including Contract Compliance and Procurement Enhancement. He focused on the Minority Business Assistance Center (MBAC) which assist the state of Ohio with its efforts to provide such services as, counseling, training and technical assistance, to minority, women, and socially and economically disadvantaged businesses.
  • Melony Bryant, Bureau of Workers′ Compensation Minority & Small Business Advocate, Department of Strategic Direction, explained her role of educating minority and small businesses on the pitfalls related to Workers’ Compensation. When discussing her accessibility to the small business and her willingness to help, she stated, “I don’t treat {them} any different than large businesses”. She explained that although rates for coverage vary according to payroll and hazard, some small businesses can get coverage for as little as $120.00 per year.
  • Adam Kearns, Director, Business Development, Ohio Credit Union League Services Corporation, presented information on the NOWaccount. This is the first merchant service for B2B and is designed to help businesses accelerate cash flow and handle accounts receivable. He pointed out several advantages of the NOWaccount, including-the business can choose which customers they want to put through the account and there is no liability for non-payment.

Arnold Sandness received several recognitions including the Special Achievement Award. Mary Jane Good, District Director, SCORE, presented Dayton SCORE with the Gold Leadership Reward for annual onsite review which evaluates services.

Robert Walker treated attendees with his frozen desert provided by his start up business, Fronana.   

Atrium Medicat Center

The June SCORE Dayton-Cincinnati joint chapter meeting was hosted by the Atrium Medical Center in Middletown, Ohio.

Ms. Carol J. Turner is the CEO of this expansive and highly innovative facility. Partners on their campus include long term care homes and Green Tree Academy, which educates people for positions in health care.  

Mr. Chris Schubart, Vice President, Sales, Premier Health Plan.  His topic focused on an overview of the Affordable Care Act or ACA, and its impact on small businesses. The day ended with a tour of the Medical Center.

At the April Dayton SCORE luncheon, Bob Talty, Chapter Chair outlined our continued involvement within the Miami Valley in supporting both profit and non-profit organizations.  He provided the luncheon attendees with a review of several key programs planned for the coming months.  With the increased number of workshops and special events, he anticipates a greater request for mentoring services.  To support this increased workload, Dayton SCORE received six new members to become part of our more than 50 member mentoring team. In addition to the new mentors, the membership approved a slate of officers for the FY2015-2016 business year with Charles (Chuck) Anderson as the new Chapter Chair.

Our luncheon guest speaker was Pete Rife, a local Miami Valley attorney,  Pete provided a summary of his background and experience.   He stressed his particular interest in helping new businesses with their legal issues, including organizational structure tradeoffs, and dealing with the required government paperwork. Pete praised the work that SCORE provides to the local business community and is willng to work with our clients at a reduced rate. 

February Luncheon

At the Dayton SCORE February chapter meeting, Sybil Martin from the, Dayton-Area Chapter of the America Heart Association discussed the danger signs associated with heart attack, stroke, high cholesterol and other heart related conditions.

She also highlighted an upcoming fund raising event the annual Dayton Heart Ball which is scheduled for Saturday, March 28th. Event proceeds will finance research to help protect people of all ages and ethnicities from the ravages of heart disease and stroke. For more information about the 2015 Dayton Heart Ball please contact Sybil at (937) 853-3108, or go to the website

Alex Luthman from The Gutter Getter, LLC, which is a veteran owned business, thanked SCORE for all the support they have provided in make his business a success. He demonstrated his various gutter products, highlighted various home improvement related services, discussed his growth in sales over the past year, and his need to hire additional employees.




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