Rural Entrepreneurs

       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.....

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       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 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.
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Through the Years, SCORE Has Helped Small Businesses Thrive - Pamela Manson

Thu, 2012-11-29 11:30

With its friendly atmosphere and large array of goods, Blazing Needles in Sugar House is typically filled with customers. And thanks to the help of SCORE, a nonprofit association that for years has paired small businesses with mentors, the knitting shop’s clientele may increase even more.

Owner Cynthia Mills has been working with Ron Baron, an experienced business executive who’s providing guidance on how to grow her enterprise. After just one meeting, his input already has made a difference, according to Mills.

New Deli Sells Tastes of Polish Heritage - George Nelson

Wed, 2012-11-28 10:01

Marta Mazur, a native of Gdynia, Poland, moved to the United States in 1981 and previously lived on the East Coast, where there are "tons of little ethnic stores, especially the Polish delis, and I missed that when I moved to the Youngstown area," she said. Mazur now lives, appropriately enough, in Poland, the Valley suburb -- and after driving long distances to purchase authentic Polish products, she decided to open her own deli.

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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Forming a not-for-profit organization is allowed under Section 501 (c) of the Internal Revenue code and must follow some strict guidelines. There are two general categories of not-for-profits:

Gypsum Recycler Wins Environmental Award

Fri, 2012-09-14 14:27

USA Gypsum, a pioneer in the US wallboard recycling market, has been chosen as this year's recipient for the prestigious Outstanding Green Small Business award given by SCORE Foundation.

SCORE CEO Ken Yancey said, "SCORE applauds the efforts by USA Gypsum to run a successful small business that is environmentally conscious, recycling used wallboard to prevent landfills from overflowing.  It is small businesses like USA Gypsum that achieve success while preventing pollution and useless waste in their community."


USA Gypsum Receives Outstanding Green Small Business Award

Thu, 2012-09-13 10:33

CMRA member USA Gypsum was honored as this year's recipient for Outstanding Green Small Business award given by The SCORE Foundation and sponsored by Office Depot. SCORE - mentors to America's small business. USA Gypsum was honored for demonstrating unique vision, innovation and achievement as an Outstanding Green Small Business.

Breaking New Ground Reinholds Business Lauded for its Work to Turn Drywall Scraps Into Soil Treatment Products. - Cathy Molitoris

Mon, 2012-09-10 09:22

Terry Weaver has found a special way to turn scraps into success.

He's the president of USA Gypsum, a Reinholds company that recycles drywall trimmings into soil-treatment products.

Farmer Innovates on Meat Sales to Consumers

Fri, 2012-08-24 09:36

Nathan Moomaw is a new farmer who is translating his business plan from paper to reality.  With the help of advisers, he has developed a unique business model -- a year-round community-supported agriculture operation for meat.

Moomaw developed a comprehensive business plan and recently vetted it with business advisers at SCORE, a nonprofit association of volunteer mentors that helps small businesses get off the ground.

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