SCORE in the News

From Craft Beer to Crafting New Laws

Date
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.

Fashionable, Fresh ... & Made in USA

Date
Thu, 2012-07-05 12:37

SCORE client and 2011 SCORE Outstanding Woman-Owned Small Business, School House, Inc., made its fashion-forward college gear in Sri Lanka, until founder Rachel Weeks brought manufacturing home and gained a new competitive advantage.  Read on to learn how all-domestic production has become a key asset to her business.

 

The Difference Between a Mentor and a Consultant

Date
Tue, 2012-07-03 09:47

Norm Brodsky discusses how the best business mentoring relationships work: "A mentoring relationship has to be based strictly on mutual respect. A mentor should be motivated by nothing more than the desire to help."

Brodsky also recommends turning to SCORE to find the right mentor for your business.

 

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If I Had It to Do Over...Advice from Veterans

Date
Mon, 2012-07-02 13:54

Dr. Dolly Garnecki suggests fellow veteran entrepreneurs utilize SCORE: “Because I used a SCORE mentor, I was able to avoid several pitfalls new business start-ups often endure,” she said.

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Late Boomer Bloomers: Older Workers Carve Out New Careers to Stall Retirement

Date
Mon, 2012-07-02 10:08

In Florida's Collier County, SCORE Naples has helped seniors find new careers or start new businesses.

“Given the economy, a lot of people who come to our workshops have been laid off or want another career opportunity or to start a business,” said George Ahearn, chairman of SCORE Naples. “Giving back to the community is something we do. We can take our wisdom and share it.”

SCORE Hits the Road with Jon Taffer's Rescue Tour!

Date
Thu, 2012-06-28 10:41

Jon Taffer, star of Bar Rescue on SPIKE TV, is offering workshops across the country to help nightclubs, bars and restaurants achieve business success!  SCORE is a tour partner, providing free small business mentoring to ventures looking to start or grow their establishment.

 

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For-Profits Should Seek Investors, Not Grants

Date
Thu, 2012-06-28 09:10

SCORE Southern Nevada mentor Raj Tumber discusses the availability of grants for starting a non-profit or a for-profit enterprise.

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A “SCORE” for Small Business Owners

Date
Mon, 2012-06-25 13:29

The South Metro chapter of SCORE has been helping small business owners in Minnesota to weather the recession by starting and growing their ventures.

One of the newest ways that SCORE is trying to reach out to small business owners in the community is through free, Google-sponsored seminars. The Minneapolis chapter has already hosted a handful – with great success, said Zielinski – and plans to host more in the coming months. “The seminars are well worth your time,” said Zielinski.

Entrepreneurs to Receive Advice

Date
Mon, 2012-06-25 09:18

In a partnership between novices and professionals, 22 of Washington County’s prospective future small business owners finalized business plans with help from SCORE volunteers as part of a project for Shelley Bracken’s entrepreneurship class at Pine View High School.

Bracken felt the students needed additional business expertise and perspective during the formulation of their plans, so she contacted Paul Campbell, chairperson for the local SCORE organization, early in the semester.  After one session with the SCORE volunteers, students were elated.

SCORE Reaches for Hispanics

Date
Mon, 2012-06-25 08:58

SCORE Naples partnered with Naples-based Media Vista Group to develop a 13-episode interactive series for Spanish-speaking business owners that will kick off in July and air on Azteca America TV on Sundays at 9 a.m.  The growth in the Hispanic population drove SCORE’s attention to focus more on the business community. The 2010 U.S. Census found roughly 26 percent of the population in Collier County is Hispanic. That comes out to about 83,000 people. In 2000, they made up roughly 19 percent of the population for an estimated 49,000 Hispanics.

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