We’re here to help you succeed.

North Coast SCORE mentors have a variety of professional experience and skills to share — at no cost — with business owners like you.

5 Simple Steps to SCORE Mentoring:

Step 1 - Identify your business question

Identify your small business needs and desired support.

Step 2 - Search for a mentor, or let your local chapter pair you with a mentor

Request a SCORE Mentor as your advisor to small business success.

Step 3 - Step 3 - Submit a mentoring request to share your business question with an expert.

Schedule a mentoring session with your assigned SCORE mentor

Step 4 - Start working on your business goals with help from your mentor.

Set goals for your small business with guidance from your SCORE mentor.

Step 5 - Continue working with your mentor throughout the life of your business.

Work with your SCORE mentor through the life of your business.

Frequently Asked Questions

SCORE mentoring is a free service offered to any citizen or permanent resident that owns or wants to start a business. Partnering with you one-on-one, SCORE mentors support your success through offering experienced advice, consulting on best practices, and educating on small business topics.
SCORE mentors bring years of business experience, many of them successful small business owners themselves. Mentors volunteer through SCORE to help other entrepreneurs like you, by sharing their real-world experience and bona fide knowledge in running successful small businesses. SCORE mentors also provide practical tools and resources to make some owner tasks easier.
SCORE mentors will not make decisions for you or complete important ownership tasks on your behalf. They also cannot provide tax or legal advice. However, SCORE mentors can provide clear guidance on what your options are so you can confidently make decisions and take positive action toward your own success.
SCORE mentoring sessions are collaborative meetings between the small business owner and the SCORE mentor. During these sessions, you can share your business goals, progress, challenges and questions. SCORE mentors will offer advice, resources, and insights so you gain clarity on your next best steps.
A SCORE mentoring relationship lasts as long as you need it. That can mean it is a few meaningful sessions to achieve a specific goal or overcome a particular challenge. Or, it can be a SCORE mentoring relationship lasts for years, when you always have a trusted advisor for the life of your small business.

Meet Our Local Mentors

Richard Adler

Richard Adler - Richard has been a member of Score since 2008 and has served in various roles including Workshop Presenter, Marketing Committee Chair, Membership Committee Chair and Chapter Chair. He has considerable entrepreneurial experience, having successfully started two commercial real estate companies as well as having been a franchisee of two National restaurant chains in St Louis, MO, Portland, OR and Los Angeles, CA. He currently mentors in food start-ups and various other area

Larry Arnoff

Larry Arnoff - Larry has over 35 years of consulting experience with small, medium and large businesses. He has a background in diverse environments including professional services, software, retail, food manufacturers/distributors, start-ups, mid-market organizations, and Fortune 500 companies. Larry also grows grapes in Napa and sells his wine in California and select other states. He is currently the Vice President and Marketing Lead for the Calistoga Wine Growers Association and was the Marketing Chair for the North Coast Chapter of SCORE.

Spencer Bader

Spencer Bader - After a BA in Economics, an MBA, and MS in Industrial Engineering, Spencer spent 32 years with HP/Agilent, in operations and project management. Later affiliations included partner in a small consulting firm, and Admin/Finance Director for Sonoma County Water Agency. During his 8-year stay, the Water Agency's bond rating increased to AA+. Most recently Spencer has done angel investing and advising to tech startups, SCORE North Coast mentoring, and volunteering for local nonprofits.

Keith Benfield

Keith Benfield - Keith has over 35 years in the Telecommunications/I.T. Industry involved with sales, marketing, Exec leadership and owner. The last 18 years he owned an Exec Recruiting firm, placing over 300 Exec’s, Engineers, and Sales people in Corporations worldwide. Keith grew up all over the World from Japan to Africa, as his Father was Military and he was in the Navy. Keith believes his strengths in mentoring to be “focus”, sales and networking.

Stephen Campbell

Steven Campbell - After working in hospital administration for 20 years, Steven Campbell acquired his Masters in Information Systems and went on to pursue teaching businesses how to change the way they think. He has also been a professor, author and speaker for more than 26 years, and served as an Educational Dean at Empire College in Northern California. He is now a regular speaker for the Commonwealth Club of San Francisco, as well as a member of the Adjunct Faculty at Sonoma State University.

Bill Eaton

Bill Eaton - Bill has a BA from the University of Strathclyde in Scotland and an MBA from the University of Cape Town (South Africa). His career has been spent in Marketing with a major emphasis on Marketing Research. He held positions with Unilever, Standard Chartered Group, J Walter Thompson and subsidiaries of General Electric and General Foods. He was also a director of New Products Laboratory and Creative Research Systems. Market assessment and development are his specialties.

Irene Flack

Irene Flack - Irene has over 20 years experience in commercial and small business lending, including SBA lending. As a result, Irene has expertise in business operations and management, working with lenders, and related issues. In addition to advising established business owners, Irene is a SCORE workshop presenter on setting up a new business, and can provide practical step-by-step guidance for start-ups..Irene has a BA in BusinessAdministration and a JD

Les Goldner

Les Goldner - Les hopes to be able to assist you with technical stuff such as project management, start-up issues, and logistics. His background includes several start-ups both for himself and as an officer working for large companies. He is computer literate, has engineering degrees and a lot of product development experience. While not his forte, he does have some knowledge regarding finances, accounting, and marketing. If you have a passion to succeed, you can count on Les to work closely with you to solve your pressing business problems.

Ian Jones

Ian Jones - is an accomplished international business leader with 38 years experience of working at the highest level in the International Media industry. During his career Ian has specialized in the Creative Industries, overseeing multiple disciplines including Marketing, International Sales, TV production and Community engagement and has mentored executives and business owners at all levels of seniority, experience and businesses of all sizes. Ian has worked in the U.K and U.S as President of National Geographic TV International, Managing Director of A&E Television Networks and more recently CEO of UK broadcaster S4C. Ian has a Bsc. In Economics and in 2018, in recognition of his contribution to Media, Ian was awarded a Honorary Doctor of Letters DLL by Swansea University (UK). He is also an Honorary Fellow of the University of Wales, in the UK.

Jim Kane

Jim Kane - Jim has 47 years of business experience, focusing on facility design engineering, procurement and new product development. He developed the supply chain for a miniature spectrometer, sourced precision optical components, and managed international procurements. He managed all aspects of design and procurement of packaging for optical products. He sourced power distribution equipment. His notable inventions include a temperature compensating support system for a direct reduction process and a string interleaving machine for large glass panels.

Anita Krakta

Anita Kratka - Director of Sales and Business Development with skills in revenue attainment, relationship-building and program development.  Technology Industry, with 20 years sales experience.  Entrepreneurial, building new and growing existing businesses.  Producer of successful marketing, recruitment and communication programs.  Excellent track record of hiring, managing a team of people.  BA Degree in Economics from UCLA.  Specialties: account management, business development, business strategy, marketing, mentoring, strategic alliances.

Chuck Levine

Chuck Levine - Chuck retired in 2002 as the CEO of Sprint PCS, having helped grow the business from nothing to over $13 Billion in less than 6 years. Chuck began his career in Marketing with Procter & Gamble progressing to positions in leadership with General Electric, AT&T and two new ventures. Since retirement. Mr. Levine has served on numerous corporate and not for profit Boards, including 10 years as Chairman of Sierra Wireless, an “Internet of Things” leader. His specialties include marketing, strategy and not for profits.

David Mendleshon

David Mendelshon - David’s career at B of A progressed from Mktg Mgr of BankAmericard to VP in the Bank’s National Division, responsible for the overall credit and deposit relationships with some of the Bank’s largest corporate clients. He also was VP-Sen. Finance Ofc., Deputy to the Chairman, and a Director of World Airways. David founded TeleCheck Golden Gate, designed to protect retailers from bad checks. Later David became Managing Dir. and Exec.V.P. of BASS Tickets, growing profitability ten-fold before he retired to Napa, Ca.

Jeff Norby

Jeff Norby - Jeff has a successful track record of building and guiding business growth and demonstrated success with companies facing market and technological change. His background is in management, strategic and tactical planning, operations, finance and accounting, supported by strong leadership and a focus on building a culture that sustains and supports success. He has a BS in Accounting (SFSU) and an MBA (U of Illinois). The majority of his experience has been with small and mid-size organizations with revenues from $15mm to $100mm.

Mike Silvas

Mike Silvas - Silvas has been a licensed Realtor since 1972 and through the years, served as salesperson, manager, Vice President and ultimately as President and CEO of a large real estate brokerage company. He has lent his expertise to various committees with organized real estate at the local state and national level and he has been actively involved in community organizations both in Southern California and in the North Bay.

Curt Smith

Curt Smith - Curt has over 27 years of experience as an institutional investor and consultant for high net worth, state and local public pension plans, and defined benefit plans. He has an MBA from University of San Francisco in Finance and Marketing Management. In addition, he has significant experience in all manner of illiquid assets, including private companies, venture capital, credit-related strategies, as well as knowledge of the US tax code. He currently is a member of the North Bay Angels, a forum for learning about early stage investment in the North Bay.

Tom Tjerandsen

Tom Tjerandsen - Tom spent virtually all of his career in food marketing, first in advertising and later on the client side. He was most recently the Managing Director for North America for the Chilean Fresh Fruit Association. He has a BA in Economics from Hobart College and an MBA from San Francisco State. He has taught Marketing and Advertising at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. He has special expertise in developing business plans.

Ruth Bogart

Ruth Tucker Bogart - Ruth has over 50 years of experience in software development and education. She served as the Director of Information Systems for Admissions and Financial Aid at Dartmouth College and Vice President for Educational Software for True BASIC, Inc. She later formed her own sole proprietorship, Zeta Data, for software development and database consulting. She found her real calling in teaching computer programming online. Ruth holds a B.S. in mathematics and an M.S. in Computer Information Systems. Ruth has been active as a volunteer and board member in several non-profit organizations, including domestic violence agencies, California state parks, her homeowners’ association, and a local food pantry.

Sharyn Weiss

Sharyn Weiss - Sharyn is an accomplished learning and development professional with over 20 years of experience in training, coaching and consulting. For 17 years she worked with dentists in developing all aspects of their businesses. She has published two books on training and holds a BA in English and an MA in Training and Development.

Jeff Young

Jeff Young - Jeff has 30 years’ experience in engineering, construction working for Bechtel Corporation. His responsibilities included business development, managing power plant EPC groups and strategic planning. He subsequently obtained his real estate Brokers license and started his own company. He has volunteered for numerous non-profit organizations and established a 501c3 for emergency preparedness. He has a BS in Engineering from Oregon State University and a MBA from Golden Gate University.

dan barbata

Dan has 15 years experience in digital marketing. He has worked as a digital marketing project manager and digital marketing consultant for several small businesses as well as large manufacturers, distributors and retailers. He has a BA from UCLA.

Consultant's Skills, Industries and Companies

Skills:

  • Accounting
  • Application Software
  • Business Planning and Strategy
  • Financing
  • Change management
  • Information Technology
  • Employee engagement
  • Engineering
  • Event planning
  • Facilitation
  • Finance
  • Food Product Development
  • Franchising
  • Instructional design
  • Leadership development
  • Legal
  • Management Consulting
  • Logistics
  • Market research
  • Marketing
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Operations
  • Project management
  • Start-ups
  • Technical Marketing/Sales

 

All counseling is Free and Confidential under a strict Ethics Code.

Industries:

  • Advertising
  • Airlines
  • Angel Investing
  • Appliances
  • Banking
  • Biomedical Devices
  • Publishing
  • Investment Banking
  • Commercial Real Estate
  • Construction
  • Education
  • Consulting
  • Consumer Electronics
  • Engineering
  • Entertainment
  • Food Manufacturing
  • Food Retail
  • High Tech Manufacturing
  • Learning and Development
  • Leasing
  • Manufacturing
  • Marketing
  • Non-Profit
  • Retail
  • Software Development
  • Trucking
  • Vineyard Management
  • Wine

 

 

 

 

Companies:

  • Accenture,Achieva Consulting
  • Aidells Sausage
  • Allied Van Lines
  • Apollo Group
  • Applebee's
  • Arthur Andersen
  • Bank of America
  • BASS Tickets
  • Bear Stearns
  • Bechtel Corp
  • Creative Research Systems
  • DNF
  • Excel Precision Corp
  • General Electric
  • Hewlett-Packard/Agilent
  • ILC Technology Inc.
  • J Walter Thompson
  • KPMG
  • Mazing Foods
  • McCann-Erickson
  • McClure & Tjerandsen
  • Medtronic Inc
  • Miller Freeman Inc.
  • Panera bread
  • Paperloop Inc.
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Pro Pork Specialty Pork Producer
  • Quantum Associates
  • Quintiles Transnational Corporation
  • Richard Adler Associates
  • Sonoma County Water Agency
  • Southern Pacific RR
  • Toxicol Laboratories
  • U.S. Leasing
  • Vande Rose Meat
  • World Airways
  • Young Realty