If you are thinking of starting a business or need assistance to help your existing business grow and prosper, give Citrus/Levy County SCORE a call at 352-249-1236. We have over 20 certified mentors with a vast array of experience who would love to become your free management consultants. Each of us has real-world experience in our fields so you can benefit from our proven experience.
Take a moment to meet a few of our certified mentors — your neighbors who willingly volunteer their time, knowledge and expertise to help our local businesses in Citrus and Levy Counties start, grow and prosper.
Bunny Bucci comes from a restaurant family and was raised in the business. Her expertise is in hotel and restaurant management, especially front-of-the-house operations, personnel training and development. She feels hospitality and customer service are top priorities. She co-wrote a training manual for servers incorporating these ideas
Bucci can help your restaurant business with problem solving, industry specific guidance to owners and managers of both small and large restaurants with pre-opening planning, floor layout, seating, organizational flow and menus.
For many years, Bucci has organized and run a monthly luncheon for the 300 members of the Citrus County Newcomers Club, where she is responsible for selecting the venue, putting together a cost-specific menu and supervising the overall running of the event.
She has boundless energy, is a certified SCORE mentor, a member of the Board of Directors of the Newcomers Club and the Activities Committee of the Board of Directors of Laurel Ridge. She and her husband, Bob, hail from Massachusetts.
Jeff Janssen is a scientist, inventor and entrepreneur with an Master of Business Administration degree. He specialized in identifying, developing and commercializing large new business ideas by focusing on the customer for 3M during a 36-year career in the U.S. and Asia.
To his credit are over 20 diverse product concepts that have been commercialized with sales of over $1 billion. His strengths are gathering customer insights, the invention process, protecting inventions with intellectual property (he is listed as the inventor on 25 U.S. patents) and the commercialization process. Janssen has been a certified SCORE mentor for almost 3 years, with clients in Citrus County and nationally, and recently started a new career as a Zumba instructor.
In his “spare” time, he and his wife, Kim, helped friends open and run a very successful and profitable restaurant in a highly competitive market.
If your business needs a free consultant who can help with developing new business opportunities, strategic planning advice with a Six Sigma and/or lean manufacturing focus, intellectual property development and protection and a wealth of startup and existing business experience, then Janssen is the mentor for you.
Mimi Fuse spent 20 years in the paper manufacturing industry as a human resources manager and as a regional resource. Her education and training includes a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, a Master of Science in Computer Science, a Master of Business Administration degree from Southern Illinois University, as well as certification in labor relations and conflict management from Cornell University and as a senior professional in human resources from the Society of Human Resources Management.
Prior to her time in the HR world, Fuse was an accountant in the banking, entertainment, retail and nonprofit sectors and also has QuickBooks experience. Her HR experience can assist your new or existing business in all aspects of HR; including staffing and training, employee and labor relations, employee benefits and payroll.
If you are in need of free advice on accounting, business strategy, planning or operations or human resources and internal communication, then Mimi Fuse is the mentor for you. Fuse was recently re-elected to serve as treasurer for Citrus/Levy County SCORE.
Jeff Bauman is certified mentor and chapter secretary of Citrus/Levy County SCORE.