Helping small businesses to succeed in the global economy. That's the mission of SCORE, a national nonprofit organization that works with small businesses to improve their bottom line.
One local business owner, Rob Waite, has joined the organization's national board. "In any business you need mentors and advisors and people who can help you," says Rob Waite, vice chairman of Drexel Metals.
Surcees is a distinctly Southern word that means “wonderful surprise.” And that’s exactly what Surcees Vintage Clothing and Handmade Gifts in Surfside Beach is. Owner Erin Adams says the vintage clothes “have lived and loved” and now need to be passed on to the next person who’ll treasure them.
Her natural gift for merchandising and marketing helps. So does the SCORE workshop she took to hone those skills.
Ross Irwin, 65, and Trivonna Irwin, 61, owners of Cabinets by Trivonna in Lacey, are living proof that learning takes place at any age.
After opening their business on the eve of the recession, the Irwins have sought the advice of SCORE and the Small Business Development Center, both providing key advice that helped them weather the recession.
Cass Cannon is an entrepreneur. She’s followed her heart—plus gone into a lot of research and training—to start her own new business, “Peg’s Salt.”
She learned about what she was getting into before jumping off the new business cliff. “A year ago I went to SCORE,” a nonprofit association of volunteer business counselors throughout the U.S. with offices in Waynesboro and Charlottesville. Then she filled out the incorporation papers online. “Doing Peg’s Salt was like a no brainer,” Cannon said.
A recent study conducted by the U.S. Small Business Administration cites SCORE as a trusted, FREE small business resource and the organization’s reputation as the primary reason why today’s entrepreneurs seek counsel from its 13,000+ volunteer mentors every year.
The report also highlights the fact that businesses that avail themselves of counseling services early on have a greater success rate overall.
Etiquette is not always about which fork or glass to pick up at the table, said Diane Marcus, owner of Essential Business Etiquette.The Penfield woman offers etiquette seminars to businesses on variety of topics, such as social situations, introductions, international and health care settings, and more.
For the last 10 years, John and Lauri Oliva’s digital production company has found a good niche in a saturated market. They have two big clients, Bank United and VITAS, along with a mix of others that have kept them busy.
But a toehold isn’t what they want anymore. The couple want their business to grow.