Women Entrepreneurs

The Translation Link

Translation Link—which offers translation services as well as marketing, document editing, consulting and other services in a variety of languages—hit the market and took off. After signing its first client in January 2007, by year two the company showed growth of 1,300 percent.

"Through the Internet, we found a local mentor Greg Hoffman," Alina Mugford explains. "First of all, I was new in the country in terms of how to go on doing business in the U.S. My experience in business is long in Venezuela. He helped me to do things here in the U.S. business-wise and all the steps that you should do to start a company. He also helped to narrow down my target market. I wanted to start big. He made me rethink my target."

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Owner/Founder
Alina Mugford
My Location
Cortez FL
United States
Year Company Formed
2006
My Successes

"The company just took off on year two. It was something unbelievable," Alina says, noting that the success came "after very hard work; 24-7 is not an understatement."

Alina was nearly 50 when she immigrated to the United States in 2003. Although she had extensive business experience in Venezuela and was a college professor, the Cuban-born Alina didn’t know a lot about doing business in the U.S. "I don’t want to sound trite but I’m a good example of the American dream," says Alina, who became a U.S. citizen 1 1/2 years ago. "Hard work, hard work, hard work pays off. When you put your body, your heart, your soul into what you want to do, you can do it."

"When I was 44-years-old, I had a stroke. I immigrated to the United States when I was turning 50, and I started all over again," she says. "Having faith, vision in the future, internal spirit; I see it as a driving force within myself. No obstacle is insurmountable. If you set your mind to it, you can achieve it."

Translation Link is the recipient of the 2010 SCORE Award for Outstanding Small Business Launch by a 50 Entrepreneur.

What's Great About My Mentor?

SCORE mentor Greg Hoffman helped me understand the steps needed to start a company in the U.S.

How SCORE Helped

After learning that there was a terrific need for translation services in Florida's Manatee and Sarasota Counties, Alina began investigating business resources to help start her own service. She learned about SCORE through her local Chamber of Commerce, and also went online to find a mentor

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Wildlife Photographer

My name is Lori Davis and I’m a photographer.  I began meeting some time ago with counselors from the Downeast Maine SCORE office.  Although I had been working at my photography business for years, I was anxious to make the plunge to a full time career as a freelance photographer.  Specializing in nature, wildlife & landscape imagery, my chosen field is not in demand as much as one who photographs portraits or weddings on a regular basis, so I knew it wouldn't be easy.

Owner/Founder
Lori A. Davis, Photographer
My Location
PO Box 897
Ellsworth ME 04605
United States
My Successes

 

 
My name is Lori Davis, and I’m a photographer.  I began meeting some time ago with counselors from the Downeast Maine SCORE office.  Although I had been working at my photography business for years, I was anxious to make the plunge to a full time career as a freelance photographer.  Specializing in nature, wildlife & landscape imagery, my chosen field is not in demand as much as one who photographs portraits or weddings on a regular basis, so I knew it wouldn't be easy.
 
Although my business was profitable and expanding every year, when I put my finances to paper, my condition looked dreadful.  As with many businesses, I was investing my earnings back into the business again.  When it came to tax time, once I took all of the deductions into consideration, it made one wonder how on earth I could survive on so little income.
 
The SCORE counselors were enthusiastic and energetic right from the start.  They didn't sugar coat things, but they seemed to believe in my work and my business sense and came up with some great promotion ideas.  One counselor in particular was indispensable when it came to organizing a business plan.  He was able to dig through my finances and really prove that my business was indeed profitable.  He went above & beyond what I ever could have expected in providing help and guidance putting together a business plan. With his assistance, I was able to approach my bank and even impress the bank officer with my paperwork and portfolio.  I was granted a business loan which allowed me to invest in materials, supplies and equipment that I needed to expand my business.
 
It's been several years now since I was able to quit my previous job.  I am living my dream and I have the folks at SCORE to thank.  I truly never would have been able to get the bank loan without their guidance.  I walked into their office frustrated, needing help and embarrassed by my finances.  The experience was pleasant and I learned a lot.  With their guidance and my hard work and follow through, I'm proud to say I'm one of the many success stories of SCORE.
 
Thank you for letting me tell my story.

 

What's Great About My Mentor?

One counselor in particular was indispensable when it came to organizing a business plan.  He was able to dig through my finances and really prove that my business was indeed profitable.  He went above & beyond what I ever could have expected in providing help and guidance putting together a business plan. With his assistance, I was able to approach my bank and even impress the bank officer with my paperwork and portfolio. 

How SCORE Helped

The SCORE counselors were enthusiastic and energetic right from the start.  They didn't sugar coat things, but they seemed to believe in my work and my business sense and came up with some great promotion ideas.

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