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Tom A. Chacon, owner of Boring Machine Corporation, Fridley, has been named Minnesota Minority Small Business Person of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration. The award recognizes Chacon for excellence in his field, demonstrated leadership, and community involvement.
Boring Machine Corporation is a minority-owned company providing precision machine parts for medical, aerospace, general aviation, and the defense industry. They machine build customized designs of medium to complex parts made from all alloys and plastics. Their major customer is Lockheed Martin Aeronautics.
Boring Machine has the technology, systems and capabilities to be a full service supplier to industries needing custom, high quality precision machining. Boring Machine Corporation’s track record in supplying the Aircraft and Aerospace Industries demonstrate its excellence and commitment to quality. Boring Machines system can handle the documentation and traceability requirement for doing full assembly. Capabilities include: CNC machining centers, climate-controlled manufacturing, engineering and design support, tool room support, state-of-the-art inspection facility, and full-assembly capability.
Boring Machine Corporation has been adapting Six Sigma and Lean Manufacturing Techniques to ensure continuous improvement and world class quality to customers. Chacon knows the value of talented, dedicated employees. He says, "We have a small turnover rate and our average years of service are more than 10 years. We have 33 employees of which 25% are of minority descent.”
Chacon is a participant in SBA’s 8(a) Business Development program and is also certified with SBA as a Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB).
What did John F. Kennedy, Jr., Hillary Rodham Clinton, Ed Koch, Richard Daley and Jerry Brown have in common other than politics? The answer is, at one time or another, all failed the Bar Exam. But there’s a New York small business owner who wants to help future exam-takers avoid that same fate.
Trained as a lawyer at Harvard University and as a linguist at the University of Illinois, Dr. Mary Campbell Gallagher has put her training to work to devise what she touts as unique preparation processes for the bar exam.
Founding BarWrite® and BarWrite Press 20 years ago, Gallagher and her staff offer large-group courses and coaching to prepare students for bar examination essays— the Multistate Performance Test and Multistate Bar Exam parts of the exam. She also makes her system for the essays available in her Scoring High on Bar Exam Essays book and CDs.
Slowing growing her company and its reputation, Gallagher added bar-preparation materials to the classes and began to write bar-preparation books for national distribution. Successful with that strategy, Gallagher is quick to point out that the company's growth didn’t happen overnight. "The advertising that worked best for us was word-of-mouth and aiming for excellence," said Gallagher. "You have to be so good that people can’t ignore you."
Despite that success, Gallagher wanted to grow her publishing business. So two years ago she contacted SCORE, Counselors to America's Small Business. A resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration, SCORE provides free business management counseling. "My SCORE counselor, Howard Geltzer, was my mentor," said Gallagher. "Howard taught me the principles of public relations, such as which day of the week I should put out a press release."
Gallagher is currently working on a new bar-preparation book to help students prepare for the MPT portion of the exam. And she’s turned once again to Geltzer and his advice to help launch it. "Based upon my experience, I would advise all entrepreneurs to find their own guardian angels at SCORE," said Gallagher.
More information about BarWrite can be found at: www.barwrite.com.
Making Dreams Come True
Stacey Stratton, executive recruiter and owner of True Talent Group, a sales recruitment company based out of Apple Valley, recently turned a lifelong dream and guidance from SCORE into a thriving enterprise with limitless opportunities.
After working in the industry for six years, Stratton had a strong desire to break out and start her own company. An internet search for “small business help” put Stratton in touch with a counselor from her local SCORE office. “Our team provided resources that helped Stacey overcome her concerns regarding how to start a company, develop a solid business plan and put the basics in place to kick-off her recruiting business.,” says SCORE counselor Greg Boettner.
Stratton attended several seminars offered by her local SCORE office, and with help from the Business Planning Center, diligently chipped away at a working business plan. The results are undisputed: sales at True Talent Group in 2008 were double Stratton’s expectations. Sales for 2009 have already exceeded last year’s, and Stratton says she expects to triple her business by the end of the year.
Recently, Stratton has expanded the business to include placement of marketing and creative talent. She has also added contract and temp-to-hire placements. Stratton is currently working to obtain the distinction of being certified a Women’s Business Enterprise. Stratton says, “We have insights about the Twin Cities market and often daily updates about business happenings because we’re involved and networked. This local knowledge translates well when a locally-headquartered corporation wants to build their marketing or sales team nationally or a professional is relocating to the Twin Cities. We understand this market and the businesses that operate nationally and internationally here.”
As a resource partner with the SBA, SCORE provides information vital to small business success. This includes counseling on financing options, business planning, marketing strategies, product development and more. Individual members and counseling teams with diverse business knowledge and experience provide one-on-one, confidential counseling at no cost to the business owner.