SCORE in the News

Greater Bridgeport SCORE moves Shelton Office

Wed, 2011-12-21 13:48

On December 21, 2011, Score volunteers worked hard to move their Shelton office.

Bill McLeod receives SCORE Platinum Leadership Award

Tue, 2012-04-03 13:17

Peter Stack, Connecticut Regional Chairman of SCORE (on left) presents Bill McLeod with the Platinum Leadership Award. Bill is the Workshop Chairman of the Greater Bridgeport chapter of SCORE. The award was presented at the Regional Executive meeting on April 3, 2012.

The award reads "In recognition of your outstanding leadership and meritorious services to the SCORE association."

SCORE Success Story: True Tool Innovations

Tue, 2012-04-24 08:56

Christina and Brian McKahan, founders of True Tool Innovations, opened their business in late 2008.  They realized they needed guidance in developing a formal business plan so they turned to SCORE.  Enter Charlie Pinkerton, a veteran SCORE mentor who was assigned to assist the McKahans. “Christina and Brian certainly knew the fine points of their highly-technical business,” said Pinkerton, “but all businesses need some guidance and support in areas outside their specific expertise.

Focus More on Job Creation than Unemployment Numbers

Mon, 2012-04-23 10:25

Debbie Cohen, an attorney who helps entrepreneurs at SCORE, said she has seen more people coming in who have been laid off.

“The only answer they have is to start their own business,” Cohen said. “We explore ways to get them off the ground.”


Entrepreneurs Finding Cash Before Making Money

Mon, 2012-04-23 10:17

After decades as a bakery chef and bakery school teacher, Jocelyn Lee Shoopman will launch her own business in Rancho Mirage, California this week. Banks and other lenders shied away from funding the startup.  Shoopman sought help from SCORE counselor and longtime business owner Debbie Cohen. She couldn't qualify for an SBA loan, but she learned how to tap her retirement account to get iPastries off the ground.

“I wish I'd called (SCORE) years ago,” Shoopman said.

Help For Entrepreneurs with Disabilities

Thu, 2012-04-19 09:07

People with disabilities are almost twice as likely as the general population to be self-employed. (They are also much more likely to be unemployed or underemployed.) When they plan to establish a business, people with disabilities have to confront extra challenges, such as arranging for insurance and special furniture.

Organizations like the Minority, Women and Disabled Participation Program, the Central Florida Disability Chamber of Commerce and SCORE assist entrepreneurs with disabilities in starting and expanding their small business ventures.

Helping Maine Small Business in Maine - MTI and SCORE

Wed, 2012-04-18 13:38

SCORE mentor and White House Champion of Change, Nancy Strojny, joins fellow small business experts and entrepreneurs on the Maine Calling radio show.  The group discusses common issues facing entrepreneurs in Maine and how they can find help in starting and growing their small business ventures.


SCORE Client La Vita Compounding Pharmacy Wins 2012 Women-Owned Small Business of the Year

Thu, 2012-04-12 13:52

SCORE client La Vita Compounding Pharmacy has been named the 2012 Women-Owned Small Business of the Year by the Small Business Administration.  SCORE San Diego mentor Paul Hollenbach stated “Debra Hubers and Christine Givant were nominated because of their commitment to their dream of building a thriving business. They have both personally sacrificed extensive time and financial resources without being afraid to seek help and evaluate suggestions.

SCORE CEO Ken Yancey on Build Your Business Radio

Tue, 2012-04-10 09:21

SCORE CEO Ken Yancey is featured on Build Your Business Radio with host Barbara Weltman.  He offers a birdseye view of the state of small business in America including his perspective of the effect of the new Jobs legislation and how SCORE helps military veterans start and grow small businesses.


Lighthouse Adds Jobs for Vision-Impaired

Mon, 2012-04-09 11:12

The Lighthouse, a non-profit organization working to provide persons who are visually impaired and blind with the skills needed to achieve their maximum independence, has created an Opportunity Center to faciliate increased employment in their served community.

"The success of our Opportunity Center is really going to rest on local, commercial business that shares our vision," Executive Director Sylvia Stinson-Perez said. "We're not asking people to give us money. We're asking them to give us an opportunity to put some people to work."

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