SCORE in the News

SCORE Advises Budding Business Owners - Vicki Vaughan

Wed, 2013-05-15 10:35

Before Gabriele Hummels-Schucker took an entrepreneurial leap in March and opened her business, Schugga Bakery, she sought out advice from an outfit called SCORE.

Hummels-Schucker, a native of Germany, was determined to put her skills to work by opening a shop selling pastries from her homeland that range from a seven-layer cake to bread rolls and pretzels.

She got advice from Halbert Brown, the incoming president of SCORE's local chapter.

3 Tips for Newbie Entrepreneurs on Starting a Business - Liz Elam

Tue, 2013-05-14 15:09

"1. Write a business plan.
Some say you don’t need a business plan. I disagree. Instead, I highly recommend writing one.

When I hit some roadblocks writing my business plan, I turned to SCORE, a national organization of retired executives. Because of their experience, they were able to answer questions and help with projections. Three years later, I still utilize SCORE and reach out to them when I have issues."


Ask the Experts: To Stay in Business, Avoid These Pitfalls - Virginia Bridges

Tue, 2013-05-14 09:30

Shop Talk reporter Virginia Bridges reached out to David Grant, Raleigh SCORE chairman, who, with the help of other SCORE volunteers, shared the top five reasons why small businesses in the Triangle fail.

Bounce Down Under is Manasota SCORE’s May 2013 Client of the Month

Tue, 2013-05-14 09:25

Manasota SCORE selected Jennifer and Chris Mannering, owners of Bounce Down Under, as the organization’s May 2013 Client of the Month.

Beginning in 2010 with a concept for a business they thought would meet an unmet need in this area, and through the assistance of SCORE workshops and mentors, the Mannerings opened Bounce Down Under at 935 N. Beneva Road, Sarasota, on April 13, 2013.

How I Got Started, with Rob and Zoe Benzinger

Mon, 2013-05-13 10:41

"We manufacture botanical skin care products including Shave With Benefits, with an all-natural foam that makes the razor perform better and last longer.

When was it founded? 2010

The idea came from my own need. It was born of necessity. I used to cut myself whenever I shaved, I got redness and irritation from the shaving foam and I had ingrown hairs covering my neck. It goes back to the late 1990s, I was in my late 40s when the ingrown hair issue became much worse than it ever had been. That’s what pushed me over.

Villagers Excel as SCORE Counselors - David R. Corder

Thu, 2013-05-09 11:02

Something about empowering prospective entrepreneurs, especially Villagers with good business ideas, inspires Ed Walsh and Barry Black.

“It’s just fun,” said Walsh, a former IBM senior manufacturing superintendent who recently embarked on his third term as a chapter chairman. “Working with clients motivates me, because they’re talented and motivated. So, it’s fun that way.”

SCORE: Adds Non-profit Counseling to Portfolio - Susan L. Silk

Thu, 2013-05-09 10:52

The SCORE counselors on Martha's Vineyard unveiled a new initiative to assist the Island's non-profit organizations (NPOs) at a meeting the Visiting Nurses Association (VNA) hosted of executive directors assembled by the Donors Collaborative on April 25 . Representatives of approximately 30 NPOs attended.

In a survey conducted prior to the meeting, the Donors Collaborative posed the following question to Island NPOs: If you were offered a free consultant or expert what is the first issue you would have them address in your organization?

SCORE Breathing New Life into Business Counseling - Chelsea Davis

Tue, 2013-05-07 13:04

The south-central Iowa chapter of SCORE, formally known as the Service Corps Of Retired Executives, has existed in Ottumwa since 1977, finding new leadership in the last two years. Gordon Aistrope now chairs the organization and is "putting a different spin on it," said Megan Framke, Ottumwa Economic Development Corporation initiative manager.

Today, approximately one-third of Ottumwa's SCORE board is comprised of those under age 50.


SCORE Lauds Top Clients

Tue, 2013-05-07 10:03

Before members and invited guests, Hagerstown’s SCORE chapter celebrated Small Business Month and the selection of its clients of the year at the April 26 awards luncheon at Always Ron’s in Hagerstown.

This year’s award winners were selected by the chapter’s board of directors from among more than 300 applicants mentored by the local organization.

Chosen as startup client of the year was Toni Ogden, owner/operator of Sour Sentiments, an online retail outlet offering a unique line of gifts, greeting cards and novelties.

Before They Were Digital - Robbin Block

Fri, 2013-05-03 09:51

Can you imagine what doing business was like before email? Some of us can, most of us can't remember. Ben Meyerhoff, who is currently a Seattle SCORE counselor, shares what it was like working in sales for IBM in the 1960's when the name was synonymous with computing. And what's changed for the better and worse today.

Minding Your Business is a lively interview program in Seattle featuring owners, experts and organizations sharing personal stories, advice and essential business tips.


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