50+ Entrepreneurs

At 72, A New Recipe for Success - Matthew Ferreira

Date
Fri, 2013-01-11 09:49

While many 72-year-olds are either in retirement or beginning to think about wrapping up their life's work, Middleboro resident and recent small business grant recipient Joe Gulino is starting a new chapter of his. With a new cookbook "Let's Eat with Joe Gulino" for sale and a second book waiting to be published, the former hairdresser continues to keep his plate full.

 

Preparing For Life’s Second Act - James A. Fitts and John Weeks

Date
Thu, 2013-01-03 12:42

It’s a situation that every family business owner will eventually face: What will I do when I no longer own and run my business?

Becoming a mentor, angel investor, SCORE volunteer, board member, or advisor to another business can provide new meaning to a person whose life was previously defined by their business accomplishments.

 

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Beyond Made in America

Date
Thu, 2012-12-20 09:21

This holiday season ABC World News has been encouraging viewers to have a Made in America Christmas. That if all of us spent even just a small portion of our gift budget on American-made, we could create thousands of jobs across the country. That goes for here at home too.

More Boomers Taking the Entrepreneurial Route - 55 Plus Business - Ken Little

Date
Wed, 2012-12-19 10:22

About 10 Percent of Older Adults are Self-employed "The number of older, unincorporated self-employed workers in nonagricultural industries increased from fewer than 2,6 million in December 2007 to almost 2.9 million. In March 2012." While the number has increased, the percent of older workers who are self-employed has remained about the same: 9.7percent in March 2012, compared to 10 percent in December 2007, according to a 2012 analysis of data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Constitution Quest Finds Advice on Social Media, Marketing & Business Plan From SCORE

When was the last time you had fun learning about the US Constitution?  A study in 2011 revealed that fewer than half of Americans could answer basic questions about the Constitution, a document critical to our country’s history and present. Two teachers from California, David and Pamela Barret, identified this need in the market and used their years of experience in the education field to create an engaging and effective way of filling that need.

www.constitutionquest.com

Owner/Founder
David and Pamela Barret
My Location
Temecula CA
United States
Employees
5
Year Company Formed
2010
My Successes

David and Pamela spent many months brainstorming, researching and outlining questions on Post-it notes that lined their bedroom wall before the board game became a reality.  They chose to manufacture the game within the U.S. despite the higher production costs.  It was an important marketing decision that has paid off.  In just 3 months of production, they sold 600 games.  Pamela commented, “We are just thrilled.  I would love to get it in as many hands as possible.  Our goal is constitutional literacy.”

The Barrets originally identified their target market as homeschool families looking to incorporate civics into their lessons.  But they’ve also noticed demand coming from other groups including classrooms, grandparents, chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and individuals preparing to take their citizenship exam.

What's Great About My Mentor?

The couple spoke of their SCORE mentor saying, “Bob Godlasky has connected with other experts at SCORE to ensure that we are on track toward success.  We know that we can shoot an email to Bob to get advice on answering those burning questions that keep us up at night.”

How SCORE Helped

The Barrets say, “We have built our small business with tons of blood, sweat and tears!  It’s been nice to have listening ears and a guiding hand along the way.  SCORE of Orange County has encouraged us and suggested trainings that have proven to be very helpful in terms of advertising, social media, financing and writing a business plan.”

       Running my commercial printing business is more than a full-time job, and I often feel like I’m out of touch with what’s happening outside the business. How can I keep current on business- and industry-related developments in an efficient manner?  Read more.....

About the Author

       This column is brought to you by the Merrimack Valley Chapter of SCORE, with nearly 70 current and former business executives available to provide free, confidential, one-on-one business mentoring and training workshops for area businesses. Call 603-666-7561 or visit merrimackvalley.score.org for information on mentoring, upcoming workshops and volunteer opportunities. SCORE is a national, non-profit organization and a resource partner of the U. S. Small Business Administration.
       Have a question you’d like answered in this column? E-mail it to info@score-manchester.org, with “Ask SCORE” in the subject line.

Deaf Photographer Fights to Get Off Government Assistance - James Summers

Date
Thu, 2012-12-06 09:17

The competition for photography jobs has always been tough. Being deaf has always made it harder for Kevin Haggenjos to get hired. With the economic down turn the competition for those jobs has gotten even harder to land.  Tenacious, creative and entrepreneurial, Haggenjos decided to launch Haggenjos Photography.

Working with Michiana SCORE, Haggenjos identified a market niche and has turned what many call a disability to strategic advantage.

Merit Enterprises

My Location
1628 NW 28 street
Miami FL
United States
Revenue
5 plus million
Employees
50
Year Company Formed
1986
What's Great About My Mentor?

Dan Reinhardt would not give up until he got what was needed.

How SCORE Helped

My Score counselor helped me with a large need for financing to overcome a working capital shortage. He worked with me through 4 different organizations until he got what I needed and has not stopped!

At 84, Mainer Gets Handle on Business of Knives

Date
Mon, 2012-11-26 13:03

Bruce Bohrmann's magic, after 50 years of honing, still flows from his fingertips.  In the last two years, Bohrmann's hobby has exploded into a full-fledgled business.

When Bohrmann's commemorative knife took off, one local SCORE mentor, Skip Orem, was fascinated with Bohrmann's process.  "I got so enthralled by what he was doing, I said, 'I think I'll take this guy,' " said Orem, 83, of Harpswell, a former submariner and executive of a marine propulsion company.

 

When I began my civil engineering firm three years ago, I wrote a business plan to guide our growth. We’ve been somewhat successful to date, but the marketplace and a lot of our initial assumptions have changed, so it’s time to update our plan. Any tips you can offer?  Read more.....

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