Manasota SCORE launches "Been There, Done That!" business education podcast series

January 1, 2014 

Manasota SCORE has created a series of podcasts to share information about buying, selling, marketing or improving a business.

"Been There, Done That!" is a series of podcast interviews, with each interview featuring an expert in a particular aspect of business.

Small business owners and those planning to buy or sell a business can link to the podcasts on the organization's website,, or find them on iTunes.

"We've had really good response from entrepreneurs who find this an easy platform for accessing information that relates to their business development," Manasota SCORE Vice Chair and podcast host Dennis Zink said in a press release.

The first four podcasts address buying a business, selling a business, franchising and alternative financing. In these episodes, SCORE mentors Norm Silverstein, Bob Melberth and Fred Dunayer share their experience and expertise.

In the fifth episode, on exporting, Zink interviews Chuck Steilen, who has nearly 40 years of experience in exporting products, including international trade with Hong Kong and China.

Episode 6 addresses computer loss prevention, data backup and recovery. Zink interviews David Spire, president and CEO of United Systems Inc.

In Episode 7, Zink interviews Tim Hearon and Rick Emberly of This service matches retired or nearly retired people with prospective employers looking for part-time or limited-time staff.

"The podcasts are gaining an audience," Zink said. "More listeners are subscribing to our free business series, and each new podcast is downloaded more often than the previous ones. We continue to expand our distribution, through Stitcher and others channels."

Manasota SCORE plans to post 40 podcasts through 2014. The organization has more than 40 volunteers providing education and mentoring services in Sarasota and Manatee in both English and Spanish. To contact Manasota SCORE, visit or call 941.955.1029.

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