The following article was posted in the Naples Daily News, 9/18/2018 by SCORE Naples Chair, Cheryl McDonnell

For more than 50 years, SCORE has served as America’s source of free, confidential mentoring.

SCORE is a nonprofit association and is a resource partner with the Small Business Administration. Every year, SCORE Naples volunteers help hundreds of entrepreneurs start a small business or achieve a new level of success in their existing businesses.

More than 70 experienced volunteers with real-world business expertise in a wide range of industries offer the small business entrepreneur confidential counseling at no charge. In addition to face-to-face counseling, we offer a variety of workshops and events to connect small business owners with the people and information they need to start or grow their companies. Our next event is "The Secrets of Growing a Small Business in Collier County (by those who have done so)."

We are delighted that Hodges University has agreed to again partner with us in the second in a series of annual events by SCORE Naples to support small businesses in Collier County. This year’s installment will feature five speakers who have been integral to the Collier business community over the last decade or more. They have held leadership positions or advised some of the most successful small companies in the county.

The event’s objective is to give advice on how to start and successfully grow your own business, using the lessons learned by established men, women and minority business people. We are pleased to announce this year’s panelists:

• John Schmieding, senior vice president and general counsel at Arthrex, a leading worldwide designer and manufacturer of medical devices for orthopedic surgery. He has been responsible for all global legal concerns of the corporation since 2002. He’s on the board of directors of Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce and is a graduate of Leadership Collier.

• Patrick Neale, an attorney, civil mediator and arbitrator. He has successfully started several international businesses. He has served as board member or chair with many local nonprofits.

• Karen Mosteller, partner in Markham, Norton, Mosteller, Wright & Co. She has been with the firm since 1986 and a partner since 2000. She offers value-added expertise in the various stages of consulting, from strategic planning to implementation of marketing, financial and operational plans. She understands how a successful organization operates in all phases from startup to growth, which enables her to assist her clients with practical advice.

• Timothy Cartwright, chairman at Tamiami Angel Funds. Prior to becoming chairman, he co-founded By-Products Interactive, an electronic trading, market research and publishing company; and founded Benchmark Solutions, a supply chain consulting company.

• Mayela Rosales, co-founder, executive vice president and CCO of Media Vista Group, which owns Univision affiliates in Southwest Florida, Minneapolis and Kansas City, Mo. In addition, the Group publishes D’Latinos, a monthly Spanish language magazine, as well as its companion website,

Each speaker will share his or her story, including the keys to success in launching and growing businesses; the key obstacles that had to be overcome along the way, and opportunities and challenges that were unique to Collier.

After speakers finish their 10-minute talks, moderator Kristi Bartlett of the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce will moderate a 25-minute panel discussion followed by a 25-minute Q&A session with questions from the audience.

Please join us Friday, Sept. 21, at Hodges University’s community room. Registration begins at 7:45 a.m. The event begins at 8:15 a.m. Continental breakfast will be served. The cost is $30 but there’s no cost for students. Please go online to and scroll down to Collier 2021 to register. If you have trouble registering, please call Pam at 239-430-0081.