Giving a twist to the adage, "you can't teach an old dog new tricks," SCORE has as its motto: "We teach new dogs old tricks."
The "old tricks" come from seasoned business people, mainly retirees, who volunteer to offer their expertise to the next generation.
Turning your passion into a business is a fantastic endeavor, but it also includes a great deal of work and risk. Charlotte entrepreneurs don’t have to take the journey all alone. SCORE, a national nonprofit organization, offers numerous resources to support entrepreneurs.
Job losses that occurred during the recession spurred many into action as entrepreneurs. Davida Jackson is one of the many who suffered a job loss. She had experience in the communications field, but after her job loss, she didn’t take the often-traveled path toward public relations.
The Worcester Business Resource Alliance (WBRA) is a loose network of business professionals, technical assistance providers, lenders, and community development organizations that provide services to entrepreneurs, small business owners and managers in Central Massachusetts. Each month, representatives meet to collaborate and update each other on upcoming events. Current WBRA member organizations are outlined for the convenience of prospective clients at http://wbra.wordpress.com/organizations/.
The latest update of upcoming WBRA business events is found at http://wbra.wordpress.com/upcoming-events/.
During the recession, Sunset Framers owners Michael and Debbie Foot knew they needed to change some of their business plan to increase profits.
Although they had been in business for more than a decade, times were changing. Michael Foot said their marketing approach was in need of a reset in order to reach more customers.
That is when the two knew they needed to contact SCORE, a non-profit organization available to provide assistance to new and existing businesses, Foot said.
The client: Complete Ticket Solutions, 5201 Anglers Ave., Suite 103, Fort Lauderdale, has 11 full-time employees and handles ticket operations for more than 150 events a year, which have included five Super Bowls, the Olympics in Greece and large local events.
Doug and Kristin Shearer, owners of Paine's Patio in Pocasset, were selected by the Cape Cod Canal Region Chamber of Commerce to receive a Build a Better Mousetrap Award from Cape Cod SCORE at its 20th annual awards breakfast in May.
For the past 178 years, the Shearer family has been supplying New Englanders with quality furniture. Paine's Patio newest store opened 10 years ago on MacArthur's Boulevard in Bourne.
YoungEntrepreneur’s Ask the Expert column seeks to answer questions about everything from starting a business to growth strategies.
Q: I want to start a paper recycling business. Where do you recommend I look for capital to start on a small scale?
A: Funding is a big question for anyone starting a business, as you have a lot of decisions to make.
SCORE's CEO, Kenneth R. Yancey, offers advice for getting the most marketing potential out of seasonal events.
For small business owners, summer events such as fairs and festivals offer a raft of opportunities for new business. In order to benefit from summer events, start by setting goals for what you hope to achieve. Do you just want to build awareness of your business? Do you want to sell products or give away samples? Do you want to collect names and emails of event attendees?