Saturday, August 7, 2021 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM PDT
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SCORE San Diego
San Diego, CA 92123


COVID POLICY – Complies with state regulations

Workshop attendance limited to 15 plus presenters.

Vaccinated individuals may choose whether or not to wear a mask.

Unvaccinated individuals must wear a mask.

SCORE will use the honor system regarding vaccination status. Please protect yourself and others as a matter of courtesy and common sense.


SCORE San Diego
             Getting Ready to Start Your Business

Fee: $25

If you have always dreamed of owning your own business, this workshop is for you!

READY? SET. GO! Starting a business of your own is exciting but we bet you have lots of questions. If you are thinking of starting a business, or have just started one, this workshop is a perfect fit. Topics covered will include the fundamentals of getting started, business operation basics, business plans, and how to use and understand financial reports. 

Starting a brand-new business can be one of the scariest and most exhilarating moments in a new entrepreneur’s life. The hope and optimism, the visions of success and the fear of failure are all competing for your emotions. As you begin your journey to business ownership, you may find yourself vacillating between confidence and uncertainty, but don’t worry—we’ve got a plan. 

 In this webinar, SCORE volunteers Ron Woodhill and Melisa Meral detail the best path to a successful startup.  They will identify some crucial first steps, provide plenty of tips, strategies, best practices and reliable resources that you can use to help you along your journey of launching your small business. You need to get from idea to action- we can help you understand the rules. Business success takes time and determination-we will provide you with a basic pathway and discuss how to proceed!


Melisa Celikel has 10+ years' experience in transforming processes that build successful companies! She spent several years consulting for Fortune 500 companies including Roche, Abbott, and General Electric. From there, she launched her own company where she streamlines systems & creates simplified solutions for small business owners! Melisa is a master of productivity, time management, and process improvement. She has a knack for digging deep with C-Level execs to achieve goals strategically and discover uniquely differentiating needle movers that increase profitability.

Ron Woodhill is the former President and Chairman of R. W. Smith and Company, CA, and former President of Allied Buying Corporation, IL.  His expertise and specialties relate to all aspects of distribution, marketing and sales in the commercial food service industry.  Ron also has extensive hands-on experience with setting up Employee Stock Option Plans (ESOPs) as well as developing various exit strategies. A graduate of the Owner/ President Management Program Harvard School of Business, Ron has served on various boards of directors, including the Bank of Rancho Bernardo, CA and the Food Equipment Distributors Association, IL.


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