SCORE in the News

Financial: The Business Plan, Cornerstone to Success

Wed, 2012-07-18 11:48

Betty Uribe of Latina Style Magazine recommends creating a solid business plan prior to applying for bank assistance with a business expansion.  She advises that business owners consult with the SBA or SCORE in creating an accurate and effective plan.



Mom Turns Passion for Olive Oil into Business

Mon, 2012-07-16 15:27

TODAY financial editor Jean Chatzky recommends that new mompreneurs, like Peggy O'Kelly of St. Helena Olive Oil Company, seek business planning help from SCORE.



SCORE Counselors Help Small Businesses Get Off the Ground

Mon, 2012-07-16 10:24

Can a geology major open an insurance company?  Barbara Winston did it, but says her success is thanks to the expert help she got from SCORE.  “I don’t know how I would have continued through the roadblocks,” said Winston, CEO of Executive Insurance Group in Jackson Township, now in its 33rd year.

The Two-Step Plan to Starting a Seasonal Business

Mon, 2012-07-16 09:42

Michael Scotto of SCORE Ventura County recommends vital steps to take before launching a local business.  He says it is vitally important to talk with small-business owners in your area before launching something new. 

New Programs Aim to Help Small Businesses

Fri, 2012-07-13 12:17

Clare Whelan knows firsthand how hard it is to secure the vital funding necessary to keep a small business afloat.  Last year, her Little Haiti-based commercial carpentry and welding firm, Doors Inc., “had no working capital and no way to get any” — until SCORE helped her get a $50,000 loan from Miami Bayside Foundation.

On Wednesday, the Obama administration announced several initiatives geared to help small businesses expand and create jobs, reduce paperwork, make it easier to access loans through the Small Business Administration, and get tax credits.


Thu, 2012-07-12 16:57

Blogger Anna Wendt of Hollywood Underdog recommends taking advantage of SCORE's many free resources for small business owners.


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10 Steps to Startup Success

Sat, 2012-02-11 15:34

Are you sitting on the next great idea? You’re not alone. While the Great Recession has been a major downer for a lot of American businesses and workers, it has helped stoke the country’s entrepreneurial spirit. About 565,000 new businesses per month were started in 2010 alone, according to the Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurial Activity. That’s consistent with 2009 and represents the highest level of entrepreneurship over the past decade and a half.

Physical Therapy Business SCOREs in Irmo

Wed, 2012-07-11 11:12

Mike Switzer, host of the South Carolina Business Review radio show, interviews SCORE client Dan Wells, owner of MedFIT, a physical therapy and wellness center located in the Columbia suburb of Irmo.

"Early on, I knew there were things I didn't know and I was looking for expert advice.  [My SCORE mentor] John and I have just bounced ideas back and forth, he helped me develop my business plan and helped me find financing."


"You've Given Me Hope"

Wed, 2012-07-11 09:11

Barb Plotkin of Madison has a passion for and expertise in copywriting. For quite a while, she's been thinking about how to turn that into a business, but wasn't quite sure where to start.

On June 28, she attended a session sponsored by the Madison Chamber of Commerce at the community room in the town's police station and heard experts from SCORE, talk about how they wanted to help her with support and advice, and representatives from the Connecticut Community Investment Core (CTCIC) talk about how they were aggressively trying to lend money.

From Craft Beer to Crafting New Laws

Mon, 2012-07-09 08:39

SCORE client Jason Alvey, owner of a specialty beer store in St. Louis Park, won legislative approval of bills to let liquor stores sell some apparel and charge customers to attend classes.

Alvey also got help developing his business plan and marketing strategy from members of the Minneapolis chapter of SCORE, where he also has received continuing business counseling.

SCORE volunteers Roy Burns and Dan Shidla both said they supported Alvey's decision to mix business and politics.

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