How I can help you
I can help you with management, marketing, financial advice, and leasing issues for your retail business.
As a retail owner and commercial landlord, I've been able to guide numerous entrepreneurs through the process of starting their own brick & mortar (or on-line) retail business. I've had extensive experience in developing business plans and financial projections, negotiating leases, marketing and sales.
For more than 30 years, I served as President and CEO of Town House Contemporary Furniture, a 4 store chain in the Washington, DC area, where I gained hands-on experience in every aspect of managing a retail business.
And as a Certified Mentor at SCORE for 12 years, I've worked with clients planning to start or manage a wide variety of businesses; including pharmacies, clothing stores, furniture stores, book & gift stores, yoga & spinning studios, hair & beauty salons, and child care facilities; plus many bakeries, cafes, restaurants, and on-line e-commerce businesses, to name a few.
I look forward to hearing from you.
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"My mentor, Richard Rose, is spectacular. He listens well, gives thoughtful answers, and truly tries to help." Donna H.
“Richard is very knowledgeable, helpful, and friendly. And not intimidating, which is important to me, being new to retail.” Laurie G.
“The last thing u need with a mentor is to walk away with a feeling that they tried to make u feel good...you want a knowledgeable person who forces u to think more comprehensively about your business ideas....but not one who does it in such a way that you are totally discouraged. Richard was that person.” Wilma G.
“Finding Richard was a stroke of good luck -- I could not have asked for a more perfect mentor to guide me through this.” P. Ripley
Areas of Expertise
- Business Strategy & Planning
- Manufacturing & Product Development
- Business Operations
- Human Resources & Internal Communications
- Sales, Marketing & Public Relations
- Professional & Business Services
- Retail & Wholesale Trade
B.S. University of Maryland