Financing / Loans

Broward SCORE hosts several workshops on the financial needs of businesses.

Mon, 2012-04-30 05:26


Broward SCORE hosts several workshops on the financial needs of businesses. The workshops subjects are:

As small business owners know, chances of getting a bank loan these days are slim. Banks are rejecting as many as 90 percent of all small business applications. Is there a way to beat the odds? Lena Gjonaj says the best way to position yourself for financing is to avoid the mistake virtually all entrepreneurs make: starting a business with personal credit.

Lena Gjonaj is a business funding consultant in Easton, Conn.  See her interview with Yahoo Small Business at

Entrepreneurs Finding Cash Before Making Money

Mon, 2012-04-23 10:17

After decades as a bakery chef and bakery school teacher, Jocelyn Lee Shoopman will launch her own business in Rancho Mirage, California this week. Banks and other lenders shied away from funding the startup.  Shoopman sought help from SCORE counselor and longtime business owner Debbie Cohen. She couldn't qualify for an SBA loan, but she learned how to tap her retirement account to get iPastries off the ground.

“I wish I'd called (SCORE) years ago,” Shoopman said.

BrowardSCORE participated in Hispanic Unity of Florida's 2012 Entrepreneur Summit

Fri, 2012-04-20 09:50



Broward SCORE participated today in Hispanic Unity of Florida’s 2012 Entrepreneur Summit. The event, with over 500 attendees, provided an opportunity for entrepreneurs to network, attend workshops, and fete the success of some of their peers.


Ana Chipana, a graduate of SCORE’s first Spanish language Simple Steps for Starting Your Business, was recognized by Hispanic Unity for her success in owning and operating WARA Quinoa, an organic bakery.



Information about loans starting at $50,000 and up to $250,000.

Local Entrepreneur Leads 'Crowdfunding' Initiative

Wed, 2012-04-04 15:42

“The SBA holds the solution to safeguarding the crowdfunding process,” Schuster said. “As an entrepreneur, I want crowdfunding to pass of course, but I’m just as worried about fraud as are the bill's detractors.

Basic definition of crowd funding plus information about some sources of crowd funding.

This document has checklists for various loan amounts from Accion San Diego.

Accion San Diego overview February 2012.

Basic loan application from Accion of San Diego.

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