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Stephanie Bealing
My Location
Plainville CT
United States
How SCORE Helped

"I've been blown away by all the help I've gotten..... I'm hoping there's no last meeting!"

Small Businesses SCORE Big

Fri, 2014-04-18 10:28

If it wasn't for the encouragement of a few retired business mentors, the Great Display Company in Bloomington may not have grown to where it is today.

Aaron Hambleton and Jacob Duquenne wanted to start a printing business and approached the Central Illinois SCORE chapter for help about four years ago.

SCORE Opening New Doors

Thu, 2014-04-17 10:27

Establishing a private practice has been Renee Keller’s dream for the past 18 years.  When she decided to start formulating a plan to accomplish her goal, she only had lots of notes, pictures and ideas but no clue on the next step.

Keller, a licensed psychotherapist, certified in Rapid Resolution Therapy and an educator, is the founder of Mosaic Unlimited, Inc., a psychotherapy based practice in Glen Carbon that specializes in treating trauma. 

Dance School Owner Took Right Steps

Fri, 2014-04-04 10:55

It was 1978 and 22-year-old Valerie Gooding, an administrative clerk by day and professional dance instructor by night, knew it was time to move with the tempo of her class of ballet, tap, jazz and musical theater students and open the doors to her dream.

So, the Philadelphian, who has lived in Delaware since 1973 and now Newark, did just that.

          I recently completed development of a new item for the pet industry and will be receiving
the first shipment of product shortly. Though my background is in engineering, I now need to go
out and sell the product to distributors. Any tips on how to become a successful salesman?

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.

Kenwood Entrepreneur Nabs Award

Thu, 2014-03-27 08:56

It’s no surprise that a bowl of tomato soup and a grilled cheese sandwich is a national comfort food.

What may be surprising is that grilled cheese has created a sustainable business for entrepreneur Emily Frank, owner of C’est Cheese Food Truck Inc. of Cincinnati.

Frank, 39, of Kenwood, has been selected a SCORE Client Success for her hard work, profitability and vision to form and organize the Cincinnati Food Truck Association. Her 2-year old company was a 2012 finalist in the Bad Girl Ventures micro-lending class.

Vera's Art

Starting at a very young age, Vera Smith loved using art as a way to express herself. Having an education in art along with a passion for painting, Smith began giving her paintings away to her friends as presents. In 2003, Smith decided to turn her passion into a business.

My Location
San Antonio TX
United States
Year Company Formed
My Successes

Smith attributes the help of her mentor Gordon Sanford and attending SCORE workshops as two of the reasons why she was able to have successful commissions in 2013. SCORE workshops provided the artist with useful business tips and tools that allowed her to manage and improve different aspects of her business.

How SCORE Helped

With no background in business or sales, Smith knew she would need some guidance. The artist says it can be tough running a small business alone, "It can be very lonely and scary having a small business by yourself." When Smith met her mentor Gordon Sanford, she knew her business needed help. "At the time of my first meeting with Mr. Sanford, I knew I really needed help. I use to avoid the disagreeable financial news of verasart.com."

The help and advice the artist received from her mentor was invaluable. "I learned to face my business wish honesty, seeing the strengths, and weaknesses. I learned how to plan, evaluate, and come up with strategies for the future."

Pamela Laskey: ‘I get Up and I’m Really Excited to Do What I Do’

Fri, 2014-03-14 08:38

When Pamela Laskey decided it was time for a “mid-life change of scenery,” she also decided she wanted to own a business. She just wasn’t sure what that business would be. Then a friend took her on an impromptu tour of his favorite eating spots in Portland and Laskey had her idea. Today, Laskey’s business, Maine Foodie Tours, operates culinary tours in Portland, Kennebunkport and Bar Harbor.

AD Greenroof, LLC

Problem: Clean water is the fuel that supports industry around the globe and fresh water is available in only very limited supplies.  In fact, only about 2.5% of all the water on earth is fresh water.  Still, it’s all we have to support humans, other animals, plants and industry around the world.

Challenge:  To conserve our fresh water resources. 

Solution:  One way to meet the challenge is to reduce the volume of contaminated water that enters public lakes and streams as well as treatment systems.  That’s a win-win for utilities, the public in general and the environment. That’s the solution AD Greenroof provides.

Ms. Angie Durhman
My Successes

Projects: AD Greenroof currently has projects in various phases of design and completion across the country.  In the Twin Cities, there are a couple of note:  Providing maintenance oversight for the Target Center and working with the City of St. Paul to calculate the benefits of vegetated roofs; both sizeable projects that have made a big impact on urban water run-off.

Rooftop St. Paul Fire Station

Rooftop of City of St. Paul Fire Station #1 (Photo by John Wiese)

The Future:  Ms. Durhman has recently expanded her business to include GREENFORMATION™ which is a maintenance oversight program for building owners and contractors who need to maintain vegetated roofs.

What's Great About My Mentor?

“I could not have done it alone and the fresh business ideas offered by my SCORE mentors, Bill Collette and Andrew Braden, provided me with the assistance I needed.” – Angie Durjman, Owner.

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