Women Entrepreneurs

LulyBoo's Success Story

A few years ago, Pazit Ben-Ezri realized her second baby, Ronnie, had hard time sleeping anywhere that wasn’t his bed at home. Pazit also had a 4 year old who she had to take everywhere. Like many mothers, Pazit found juggling the busy schedule of her 4 year old and making sure her second baby was comfortable enough to sleep anywhere to be challenging.

One night, Pazit woke up with an idea to create something like Ronnie’s bed that was portable. She made a prototype. People saw it and loved it. Pazit wanted to help other moms. A friend told her about a SCORE workshop and they attended together. This is where Pazit met SCORE mentors. She called to schedule appointment and was matched with Santa Ana SCORE mentor Bob Godlasky. LulyBoo would soon be just the lullaby Pazit needed for small business success. 

View her product at LulyBoo.com.

Owner/Founder
Pazit Ben-Ezri
My Location
Irvine CA
United States
My Successes

In 2010 Pazit won 1st place at the Irvine Forum Entrepreneurial Business Competition in which she was awarded a cash prize of $10,000. 

“Working with my SCORE mentor Bob was when my business started to grow. When I talked to Bob about advertising, he helped me contact another SCORE mentor, Tom Patty. Tom and I sat together brainstorming ‘what’s really going to get attention?’ Tom helped me write script, find a musician, and find a videographer to create a video entry for a local contest with the Irvine Entrepreneur Forum. With SCORE’s help I won the $10,000 prize!”

LulyBoo became profitable in 2013. The company has also succeeded as a product supplier for many baby boutiques and the products can be found at over 300 Babies “R” Us stores and online, amazon.com, 100 buybuy BABY stores and 300+ Burlington Coat Factory Stores. 

LulyBoo was also recognized by SCORE as the 2014 Outstanding Innovative Small Business.

What's Great About My Mentor?

Pazit says she feels she has the best SCORE mentor helping her with her growing business. 

“(Bob) is one of the most amazing people. I could talk about him forever. You can see that he loves what he’s doing. He enjoys sharing info. He brings professionalism to all our conversations. I feel so comfortable asking any questions. It’s given me the desire to do the same thing and become a SCORE mentor.”

How SCORE Helped

Once the LulyBoo product was created, Pazit's mentor, Bob Godlasky helped the the new business owner with: developing startup strategies, marketing, financing, accounting, insurance, sales pitches, operations, social media strategies and trademark/patent decisions.

“SCORE, I feel, has the best people in the industry. I feel like I have the best people for every category of my business - FOR FREE! They are all part of LulyBoo, my life and my business. I’m never alone. For every issue, I have someone there to support me give me advice. I never feel like they are too busy for me. When people ask me what’s the catch they don’t actually believe it exists, but it does!”

- Pazit Ben-Ezri
  
Founder and President​, LulyBoo

 

Basha

In late 2010 I began to take steps to open a social enterprise which would provide dignified work to women at risk and survivors of trafficking in Bangladesh. I had little to no business experience so I was starting from scratch. A friend in Ohio, who was also staring a business, told me about SCORE.   Initially I downloaded some of the templates such as the Business Plan. I then requested local mentors.

Owner/Founder
Robin Seyfert
My Location
Salem OR
United States
Employees
50
Year Company Formed
2011
My Successes

Basha Enterprises Ltd. opened it's doors for production in Mirpur 1, Bangladesh, in May 2011, employing 15 women. We currently have two offices with plans to open a third. We employ 50 women and provide daycare for more than 40 children. We export products all over the world. We turned a small profit in 2012 with greater returns foreseeable in 2013 and 2014.

What's Great About My Mentor?

I recently met with Tim and Paula and it was exciting to be able to tell them of our success and to thank them in person for all the ways they made sure I was well prepared when I started Basha.  SCORE offers such a high calibre of service and resources, it's hard to believe it is free. I am very grateful for this help and would recommend SCORE to any one else starting a business. Having experienced people walking you through your planning stages, asking you tough questions, and helping you utilize amazing SCORE resources is invaluable and can make the difference between a business succeeding or failing.

How SCORE Helped

Tim Ream and Paula Kanarek worked closely with me to develop a business plan and to work on my financials. I found a financial projection worksheet particularly helpful to think about my budget, how much I needed to sell to stay afloat, and what type of volume and pricing was necessary to become profitable. Tim and Paula made sure I thought through potential challenges and ethical issues along the way.

Liberty Tax Franchise, Cincinnati OH

Gina Pinto Williams, a native of Peru came to America to achieve her dream of owning her own businesses. In 2012, Gina came to SCORE to help her achieve her goal. Since 2010, Gina has successfully opened three thriving Liberty Tax franchise offices in Cincinnati.

Owner/Founder
Gina Pinto Williams
My Location
Cincinnati OH
United States
My Successes

All three of Gina's Liberty Tax franchises have proven to be successful. The Norwood Liberty Tax office has ranked as one of Liberty Tax Top 10 franchises since its second year and this year was ranked sixth of 4,500 Liberty Tax franchises nationwide. Gina has also won the franchise Top Gun Award every year since starting Liberty Tax in 2007. Liberty Tax was also recognized by SCORE as the 2014 Outstanding Franchise Small Business.

 

What's Great About My Mentor?

Gina says she is very grateful for the help she has received from SCORE.“I believe that education provides options and options provide empowerment, SCORE has helped me identify problems and research competition in the industry. Dennis and my team mentors have been very helpful by giving me homework and guidance. I feel very privileged that I found SCORE.”

How SCORE Helped

Gina's mentor Dennis Murphy helped her with identifying key problems in her industry as well as key competitors. Dennis says he enjoyed working with the hardworking business owner. “Gina is a self-starter who only sees obstacles as opportunities, she listens and takes advice and has always completed her assignments on time. She is an extremely talented, well organized, hardworking individual.”

Aids Service Center NYC (ASCNYC)

Sharen Duke launched Aids Servcie Center NYC (ASCNYC) in 1990. With the help of the Design Industry's Foundation for AIDS (DIFFA) who donated an office space and the AIDS Institute who provided a grant, Sharen along with her staff of three, began their mission to improve the lives of those infected with the AIDS virus.

http://ascnyc.org/

My Location
New York NY
United States
Year Company Formed
1990
My Successes

Currently, ASCNYC has more than 90 staff members, 85 peer interns and a budget of nearly $8 million. More than 1,800 clients come to ASCNYC for services each year and 18,000 people are reached through ASCNYC's peer education and community outreach initiatives. ASCNYC was also recognized by SCORE as the 2014 Outstanding Non-Profit Organization.

 

How SCORE Helped

In 2008 the recession presented Sharen with new, unfamiliar challenges. Sharen reached out to SCORE to help her in an area she had not been trained in, finance. Sharen's metnor, Munir Saltoun worked with Sharen and ASCNYC's CFO to create a five year plan to restructure the organization in order to get it back on financial track.

Miami Herald Small Business Makeover: Roy’s Delivery Service

Date
Sun, 2014-07-06 15:52

Hada Grullon is a bulldog — a tenacious, talented, self-made woman who turned an idea into a thriving business called Roy’s Delivery Service. Her company, which has been around for 20 years, delivers just about anything, but its core business is handling deliveries for the medical industry. Every day, Roy’s delivers human organs, blood, tissue, radiology film, sensitive documents and other specimens to doctors and medical facilities throughout South Florida.

          After working for a large accounting firm for many years, I’ve decided to go out on my
own and specialize in helping small businesses with their accounting and financial needs.
Initially, it will be just me, and to keep expenses down and be able to better manage my young
son, I’m thinking about operating out of my home. What are the pros and cons?


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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.

RN Cancer Guides

Owner/Founder
Susan Scherer
My Location
26852 Tanic Dr., Suite 101
Wesley Chapel FL 33544
United States
Employees
4
How SCORE Helped

RN Cancer Guides (RNCG) was founded to assist cancer patients and their caregivers navigate through all the complex financial, medical, and emotional barriers of a cancer diagnosis.  RNCG utilizes only oncology certified nurses throughout the state of Florida and was able to design and implement 3 programs.  The private patient program, the first Employee Cancer Assistance Program (ECAP), and the Patient Medication Compliance Program.  More details may be found at RNCancerGuides.com.

RNCG came to the Pasco Economic Development Council (PEDC) SMARTstart incubator looking for assistance and growth.  They immediately directed us to Richard Bonnett from SCORE.  We met Richard, and he was able to assess our growth potential by viewing our business plan and assisting us with the ability to secure a Microloan from the PEDC.  Our company's programs have expanded since receiving the funding and advice.  We moved our company to Wesley Chapel and added more staff.  We were able to expand our marketing efforts and building brand awareness.  Our client base doubled, and our ECAP program is now being introduced by health care brokers across the state to self-funded corporations.

Richard continues to provide sound advice and guidance on various ideas that we present to him.  He is able to provide the pros and cons and keep us from making very costly mistakes.  RNCG is positioning itself to become a national company within the next couple of years.

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Q: What are limited liability companies (“LLCs”), and what should businesses know about them?

A: LLCs are a new type of business entity that emerged in the early 1990s. They have many important legal and tax characteristics, but the key ones are these:

About the Author

John Cunningham is a N.H. business lawyer whose practice is focused on LLC law and tax. He chaired the N.H. Business and Industry Association committee that drafted the Revised New Hampshire Limited Liability Company Act, a radical revision of New Hampshire LLC law that went into effect on January 1st. LLCs are, by a wide margin, the entities of choice for N.H. business start-ups

Former Teacher Achieves Dream of Knitting, Crocheting Shop

Date
Thu, 2014-06-26 13:22

Brenda Johannessen, a former culinary teacher in the Clark County School District, has always wanted to open her own knitting and crocheting shop.

On May 1 she finally got the chance.

Unwind Knitting, at 10545 S. Eastern Ave. in Henderson, offers a variety of hard-to-find luxury yarn and accessories, and an array of classes for every level of knitter or crocheter from beginners to seasoned pros.

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