50+ Entrepreneurs

How to Find a Mentor - Kerry Hannon

Thu, 2012-10-11 12:57

Like most things in life, finding a mentor is a process. The right chemistry takes some trial and error. And there's no law that says you can only have one. Remember, you aren't looking for yes-men and -women, who support you no matter what. You want them to believe in your mission, but you need to hear the good, the bad, and the ugly. No lip-gloss.

Read on to find out tips for finding the mentor that's right for you.


Later in Life, Arizonans Tailor-Make Own Careers - J. Craig Anderson

Tue, 2012-10-02 16:45

Corporate downsizing, a tough job market and the desire for independence have pushed a growing number of Arizonans in their 50s and 60s to start their own businesses.  They include a former mortgage broker who recently opened an archery club, an ex-flight attendant who became a financial planner, a former retail developer who now teaches tai chi to seniors and a retired Xerox Corp. executive who runs a document-scanning firm that employs developmentally disabled workers.

SBA and AARP to Host National Encore Entrepreneur Mentor Day

Thu, 2012-09-13 09:18

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration and AARP will team up Oct. 2 to host the first National Encore Entrepreneur Mentor Day.  The event is targeted at entrepreneurs over the age of 50 to match these “encore entrepreneurs” with successful business owners and community leaders for advice and assistance.  To find a local event near you go to www.sba.gov/mentorday.

Strategic Solutions Group

My Location
555 Amory Street
Boston MA 02130
United States
Year Company Formed
How SCORE Helped

Our experience with SCORE has significantly exceeded our expectations.  From our first meeting, it was clear our SCORE counselors share so much more than just business advice.  They provide an invaluable perspective about our ideas and execution, providing valuable advice and asking the tough questions that no one else will.  Most importantly, they inspire and encourage us, giving us the confidence to make the hard decisions and take the important risks that every small business must to succeed.  We are grateful for their time, value our relationship with them, and are honored to work with them.  They have made a tremendous impact on us personally and on the strength of the company.

Haile Psychiatry and Psychotherapy

Originally I wanted to start a T-Shirt printing business, but was also interested in using my Psychotherapy skills.  Using the skills that my SCORE counselor gave me, I was able to use both my art and my Psychotherapy training to establish my Point of Change Counseling company.  I have been in this new direction for my career and am loving it.

Thank you SCORE


Julia H. Robbins, LCSW
My Location
4965 SW 91st Terr. Suite A
Gainesville FL 32608
United States
Year Company Formed
My Successes

I am in the career that really suits me.  Helping people with both my counseling skills and my art.  My practice is successful.

What's Great About My Mentor?

My Mentor was great.  He was kind, helped me with my business plan and record keeping and led me to make good decisions.  While I did not stay with the business idea I had originally, the transition to my current Private Practice is both enjoyable and rewarding.

How SCORE Helped

About five years ago, I made an appointment and met with one of your associates. He was extremely helpful in explaining how to formulate a business plan. I felt very comfortable asking questions, and my questions were always answered helpfully and with respect. I am now the sole proprieter of a psychotherapy private practice here in Gainesville. I owe a thank you to SCORE for getting me pointed in the right direction. I would highly reccommend SCORE's services!

Julia H. Robbins, LCSW

poccounseling @poccounseling.com


I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Private Practice

Success Story - SCORE Client Link Coworking

Founded on October 9, 2010, Link Coworking is a membership club located in central Austin that brings people together who share the need for a place to conduct their business in an interactive space.

Members choose to work from Link not only because it provides them with a comfortable work environment and boosts their productivity, but also because they gain a new community of coworkers and the ability to network with people in many different industries.

After the success of Link Coworking, Liz Elam decided to open a second  space, Link Too. While Link Too is founded on the same principles of Link Coworking, it is a little bit different from the original space. Link Too is more geared toward people who desire a more quiet workspace. 

Elam realized that there was a trend toward dedicated desk space in coworking, and she was starting to lose members because she doesn’t offer it. So, when creating Link Too she decided to include dedicated desk space, private offices, and phone booths. Link Too also offers members 24x7 access, whereas the original Link closes at 6:00 pm every day.

Learn more at www.linkcoworking.com.

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How SCORE Helped

Link Coworking has been a client of Austin SCORE since 2008. The mentors at SCORE have guided her from the beginning and now into this next level of growth.

Liz Elam, the curator of Link Coworking says “I don’t know what I would have done without SCORE. I would recommend SCORE to anyone starting a business or looking to take their business to the next level.”

2012 Sam's Club Contest and Austin Woman Magazine

In collaboration with SCORE, Sam's Club Giving Program recognizes 102 businesses every year and awards them a $1000 gift card to help purchase merchandise necessary for growth. Recipients are also given travel and access to a two-day "High Speed Growth Seminar" aimed to help businesses across the nation reach success.   Liz Elam was chosen as one of the 2012 winners.  In 2013, Liz was featured in the Austin Woman magazine's March issue.  In early 2014, Liz was interviewed by Forbes. Congratulations Liz on all your accomplishments!

Bohrmann Knives Receives National Recognition as Outstanding Small Business Launched by an Individual Aged 50+ from The SCORE Foundation Sponsored by Deluxe Corporation

Wed, 2012-08-08 13:51

Washington DC─ Bohrmann Knives has been chosen as this year’s recipient for the prestigious Outstanding Small Business Launched by an Individual Aged 50+ award given by The SCORE Foundation and sponsored by Deluxe Corporation. SCORE, -www.SCORE.org- mentors to America’s small business, serves over 350,000 clients annually and honors their most successful clients at The SCORE Foundation’s 4th Annual SCORE Awards Gala celebrating excellence on Thursday, August 16th in New Orleans, LA.

SCORE Awards Put a Spotlight on Small Business Success

Mon, 2012-08-06 09:16

Entrepreneurs and Supporters Honored for Creating Jobs and Helping to Improve the Economy at August Event

Washington, D.C. — SCORE, -www.score.org- mentors to America’s small business, announces the winners of the 4th annual SCORE Awards for entrepreneurial excellence and support of America’s small businesses. The SCORE Awards gala will be held August 16th in New Orleans, LA.

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