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Milton Zlotnick,  Created this Blog to enhance the mentoring services for SCORE volunteers, a non-profit association and a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration. 
Milton Zlotnick, a retired Certified Public Accountant  was the founding and managing partner of Apfel, Levy, Zlotnick & Company, a midsize CPA firm in New York City before joining SCORE.  He served for a number of years on the New York State Society of CPA's Financial Planning Committee. He taught at the College of Staten Island (Options Program)  varied computer subjects. 
Milt for many years was a Community Leader and Host for America on Line, Business "Know How" division providing advice on business plan preparation.  In addition, he has prepared numerous seminars for SCORE including seminars concerning Internet Commerce.  Milt is a cyber-counselor for SCORE and a contributor to Business Plan Pro (www.bplans.com).  Milt has been with SCORE since 1996. 

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Gerard Harkin
Administrator-  Workshop Chairman- Internet Consultant - SCORE Mentor 9 Years

Gerard Harkin sold and successfully installed over $200M information system’s products and services, including strong credentials in providing successful transitional strategies to lead companies’ evolution into the era of new digital media.  Adept at providing hands-on leadership and direction for hardware, software and life-cycle integration.
Proven effective liaison/communicator (both verbal and written) with track record of success in business development.  A resourceful problem solver with a strong sense of how to satisfy the needs and wants of the new media/Internet environment. Successfully co-developed and retain registered patent for successful search engine, Xm, primarily utilized throughout Bell System for directory assistance. Initiated use and certification of emerging NIST standards. (Nat’l Inst. Of Standards & Technology).   

Sharp, Bartholomew H - SCORE MENTOR

Saint Peter’s Boys High School – Staten IslandNY
  Military: US Army (3 years-Army Security Agency-stationed in Japan 2 years)   College: Saint Peter’s College, Jersey CityNJ – BS in Accounting   Work:   Peat, Marwick Mitchell & Co. – 6 years (1967-1973)    Passed CPA exam while at Peat Marwick    Graduate School:  Wagner College – Staten Island – MBA (1975)
   Work:  Bessemer Trust Company (1973 to 6/30/14) – Principal and Director of HR     Bessemer Trust Company 7/1/14 to present – Senior Advisor (part time)
   Professional    Organizations:  American Institute of CPA’s
     NYS Society of CPA’s
This past May I celebrated my 41st year at Bessemer. I began my career as the Internal Auditor and during my time at Bessemer headed up various back-office operational groups of Bessemer (including Bessemer’s domestic and international custody operations and money movement operations)together with the Human Resources department. When I joined Bessemer we had approximately 150 employees in 3 locations (New York, Newark, and Palm Beach) today we employ approximately 800 employees in 19 locations including London & Cayman Islands and Bessemer has approximately $97.5 billion of assets under supervision for approximately 2,200 clients  . Consequently, I reluctantly relinquished by operational responsibilities approximately ten years ago to focus entirely on Human Resources matters. I am still, however, involved with operational matters when my help/knowledge is needed.


 Business Consultant - SCORE Mentor 
Sue Quadrino is a licensed Custom House broker, with 25 years experience in the import business, retiring as Import Manager from the New York office of Daniel F. Young, Inc. in 2000. Daniel F. Young, Inc. was a freight forwarder and customs broker with over 400 employees and eight offices in the United States. She is fully versed in US Customs import regulations, including quotas, duty rates, country of origin marking requirements, Food & Drug regulations, customs entry bonds and import compliance.

For the last 12 years, until fully retiring in 2012, Ms. Quadrino was the Executive Assistant at the Staten Island Historical Society (Historic Richmond Town). There, working closely with the Executive Director and Board of Directors she became familiar with the workings of a non-profit organization. She maintained the many databases for members of the Society using Past-Perfect software, as well as the marketing and promotion of the many special events taking place each year at Historic Richmond Town. Human Resources and payroll processing was also handled by Ms. Quadrino. She is now a member of the Executive Board of the Women's Auxiliary of the Staten Island Historical Society, the volunteer fund-raising arm of Historic Richmond Town.  Ms. Quadrino is a Richmond County Notary Public.

John J Amodio
John J. Amodio -  Chair of SCORE Staten Island, NY 
John J. Amodio was Vice President with TD Bank, one of the 15 largest banks in the U.S. operating in 13 states and the District of ColumbiaHe was responsible for establishing both lending and deposit relationships with businesses, especially on Staten Island.   He has over 45 years experience in financial services, management and marketing.  
He has had his own management consulting firm assisting chief  executive officers and other top management personnel of various industries in the     development and implementation of strategic plans.  
He has been the president and CEO of a community oriented commercial
bank and the president of a corporation that operates well known restaurants.

John started his career with one of the "big four" public accounting firms
and is a CPA.  His community activities are extensive and they include being
Director/Treasurer of Vision for Staten Island, Inc.; Past
Chairman/President of the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce;
Chairman of the Staten Island Rotary Foundation; Senior Member of the
Rotary Club of Staten Island; Director of the S.I Community Fund; Past
President of the NYS Society of CPAs; Past Vice Chairman of Staten
Island University Hospital; Chairman of  S.C.O.R.E. Advisory Council;
Advisor to the Small Business Development Center and former
Chairman/Director of Meal on Wheel of S.I.   He has been a lecturer at
various seminars sponsored by his companies; S.C.O.R.E.; Staten Island
Chamber of Commerce; The Small Business Development Center; The
College of Staten IslandSt. John's University and Wagner College.


SCORE, Counselors to America’s Small Business, is a non-profit association and a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration.  SCORE is dedicated to entrepreneurial education and the formation, growth, and success in starting and maintaining a small businesses.  Members are trained to serve as counselors, advisors, and mentors to aspiring entrepreneurs and business owners.  SCORE was formed in 1964 and nearly 4.5 million Americans have utilized SCORE services.   This Blog is not a product of SCORE but an individual effort by the author.  The official web site of SCORE is www.score.org.  and the local Staten Island web site is


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Life is short, live it.
Love is rare, grab it.
Anger is bad, dump it.
Fear is awful, face it.
Memories are sweet, cherish it.

The only way that we can live, is if we grow. The only way that we can grow is if we change. The only way that we can change is if we learn. The only way we can learn is if we are exposed. And the only way that we can become exposed is if we throw ourselves out into the open. Do it. Throw yourself.


"7%" Written by a 90 year  old
This is something we should all read at least once a  week!!!!! Make sure you read to the end!!!!!!
Written by  Regina Brett, 90 years old, of the Plain Dealer, Cleveland, Ohio  .
"To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons  life taught me. It is the most requested column I've ever  written.
My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is  the column once more:
1. Life isn't fair,  but it's still good.
2. When in doubt, just take the next  small step.
3. Life is too short – enjoy it.
4. Your  job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and  family will.
5. Pay off your credit cards every  month.
6. You don't have to win every argument. Stay true to  yourself.
7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying  alone.
8. It's OK to get angry with God. He can take  it.
9. Save for retirement starting with your first  paycheck.
10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is  futile.
11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up  the present.
12. It's OK to let your children see you  cry.
13. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea  what their journey is all about.
14. If a relationship has to  be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.
15. Everything can  change in the blink of an eye, but don't worry, God never  blinks.
16.. Take a deep breath. It calms the  mind.
17. Get rid of anything that isn't useful. Clutter  weighs you down in many ways.
18. Whatever doesn't kill you  really does make you stronger.
19.. It's never too late to be  happy. But it’s all up to you and no one else.
20. When it  comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an  answer.
21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the  fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is  special.
22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.
23.  Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.
24.  The most important sex organ is the brain.
25. No one is in  charge of your happiness but you.
26. Frame every so-called  disaster with these words 'In five years, will this  matter?'
27. Always choose life.
28.  Forgive
29. What other people think of you is none of your  business.
30. Time heals almost everything. Give time  time.
31. However good or bad a situation is, it will  change.
32. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else  does.
33. Believe in miracles.
34. God loves you  because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't  do.
35. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it  now.
36. Growing old beats the alternative of dying  young.
37. Your children get only one childhood.
38.  All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
39. Get  outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.
40. If we  all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd grab  ours back.
41. Envy is a waste of time. Accept what you  already have, not what you need
42. The best is yet to  come...
43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show  up.
44. Yield.
45. Life isn't tied with a bow, but  it's still a gift."