SCORE in the News

SCORE Opening New Doors

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Thu, 2014-04-17 10:27

Establishing a private practice has been Renee Keller’s dream for the past 18 years.  When she decided to start formulating a plan to accomplish her goal, she only had lots of notes, pictures and ideas but no clue on the next step.

Keller, a licensed psychotherapist, certified in Rapid Resolution Therapy and an educator, is the founder of Mosaic Unlimited, Inc., a psychotherapy based practice in Glen Carbon that specializes in treating trauma. 

Battling Depression: Advice on How to Make Seniors Feel Valued by Others

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Thu, 2014-04-17 10:21

Research shows that the rate of depression among elders in senior residences is 24% to 27%. It's not that every fourth resident you greet in the hallway is depressed.

It's that we should be more concerned about the people who aren't in the hallway to greet.

SCORE to Host Two-Day Business Conference

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Tue, 2014-04-15 10:19

SCORE, a nonprofit association for small business owners, is hosting a free two-day conference aimed at helping Nevada’s entrepreneurs later this month.

The Doing Business in Nevada 2014 Conference is meant for business owners who would like to become more familiar with small business resources and for those looking for guidance to ensure long-term business stability.

New and potential business owners should expect direction on starting their business on the right path.

Businesses Can Pitch Ideas for Cash, Services

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Mon, 2014-04-14 14:48

Entrepreneurs with a unique idea to sell can indulge their fantasies of winning over the judges next month, as Orlando gets its own, local version of the pitch show "Shark Tank."

SCORE Orlando, a non-profit group that provides free business mentoring services to Central Florida companies, is hosting its first-ever "Pitch Fest." The event will pit Orlando's best business ideas against each other in a competition for cash and services.

Mentoring Monday: Three Questions with Mentor Heather Tangora

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Mon, 2014-04-07 11:14

Heather Tangora found a way to schedule work and play early in her career.

Tangora is the president at Tangora Technologies in Delmar, N.Y. In addition to her work with the heating, cooling and entertainment technology company, Tangora is a mother of two teenagers, an avid skier and a European traveler.

"A mentor helped me realize that it's important to carve out time in my schedule to balance my professional and personal life," Tangora said. "You've got to take that time to take care of yourself."

SCORE: Resources Transition Veterans into Entrepreneurs

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Sun, 2014-04-06 11:02

Question: I’m a retired veteran, but am certainly not ready for the rest home. I would like to open my own small business using the skills I acquired during my military career, but I’m not certain how best to proceed. Can SCORE offer some guidelines?

Dance School Owner Took Right Steps

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Fri, 2014-04-04 10:55

It was 1978 and 22-year-old Valerie Gooding, an administrative clerk by day and professional dance instructor by night, knew it was time to move with the tempo of her class of ballet, tap, jazz and musical theater students and open the doors to her dream.

So, the Philadelphian, who has lived in Delaware since 1973 and now Newark, did just that.

From the Ground Up, Janska Builds Dignified Clothing

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Thu, 2014-04-03 10:46

Business has always been good for Jan Erickson and Jon Thomas, owners of Janska Clothing that Comforts.

In business since 2003, Janska staff envision, design, cut, sew and sell clothing like jackets, socks, hats, scarves and more.

Erickson’s and Thomas’ knowledge of business has grown in time with the bottom line, they said recently.

Why Small Business Finds It Hard to Borrow from Banks

Date
Wed, 2014-04-09 10:42

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- A small-business owner faces two daunting challenges: The first is securing the financing needed to open his enterprise. The second is ensuring he maintains the financing needed to stay open.

“Startups are the hardest to finance,” says Steve A. Spencer, president of the Youngstown chapter of Score, formerly the Service Corps of Retired Executives. Spencer should know. He’s the former president of three commercial banks.

From Miami Herald: Small Business makeover: Air Quality Control Environmental in Coral Springs

Date
Sun, 2014-04-06 02:55

BY JULIE LANDRY LAVIOLETTE
Special to the Miami Herald

​ In 1991, two weeks after Al Dexter moved his wife and four kids to South Florida, he was laid off from his job. So Dexter, then 49, started working with a man cleaning air ducts — not for pay, but to learn the business. A couple of months later, Dexter saw an opportunity: The man was moving back to New York. Dexter took out a loan to buy equipment and a cargo van with 400,000 miles on it, and started an air-duct cleaning business out of his garage.

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