SCORE in the News

Art Mattox- Work It, Richmond

Tue, 2014-01-28 02:00

Tell us the basics: Who are you, what’s your company’s name and how long have you been at this company?

I am Art Mattox and I am a volunteer mentor with SCORE. I have been a part-time mentor with SCORE for about four years and have worked with over 100 entrepreneurs and small businesses over that time – some clients have continued with me for a couple of years.

What sort of large companies did you work for as an executive?

Why Don't More Small Businesses Get SBA Help Selling Abroad?

Mon, 2014-01-27 23:26

Small business exporting has gotten plenty of attention since President Obama set the goal of doubling U.S. foreign sales in his 2010 State of the Union address. Despite the interest in helping more small companies sell abroad, only a small share of such businesses actually export, according to a report last week (PDF) from the Congressional Research Service.

SCORE Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Mon, 2014-01-27 23:24

HAGERSTOWN, Md. - Hagerstown's SCORE Chapter is celebrating its national organization's 50th anniversary and the chapter's 30th anniversary of offering expert, free counseling for startup and continuing small businesses. Mayor Dave Gysberts, Downtown Manager Andrew Sargent and SCORE Chapter President Bob Jones will join Vickie Hrabal, owner of Oak Hill Interior Design, to announce the anniversaries' kickoff event at 3:30 p.m. on Feb. 4 at Oak Hill Interior Design showroom at 114 N. Potomac St. Hrabal was SCORE Hagerstown's 2012 Small Business Award Winner.

Award-Winning SCORE Mentor Shares "Secrets to Writing a Successful Business Plan

Fri, 2014-01-24 03:00

Hal Shelton shares his experience and tips through his new book released January 15 to help business owners succeed.

Mayor's Office Kicks off 2014 Small Business Training Series Next Week

Thu, 2014-01-23 11:50

Mayor-President Melvin "Kip" Holden's Small Business Opportunity Program, Business with Baton Rouge, will begin its 2014 Next Level Training Education series next week with a free workshop on legal strategies.

The workshop will happen on Jan. 27 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Goodwood Library, 7711, Goodwood Blvd.

Fresno’s WET-incubated Companies Raised $7M Last Year

Wed, 2014-01-22 01:25

One of the region’s best-known hubs for business startup assistance, the Central Valley Business Incubator has recently assumed a new title with a revamped mission focused on helping entrepreneurs in the water and energy sector.

Since its establishment in 1996, the Fresno-based organization has been providing startup and expanding companies with business consultation, education, access to capital and even office space to help them make their ventures profitable.

Free Library Collaborative Workspaces are Hubs for Entrepreneurs

Wed, 2014-01-22 23:15

The entrepreneur incubator, once the place in laboratory outposts of universities to grow startups, are now at the center of libraries throughout Arizona where there are fresh, expert resources available. Best of all—the library resources are free. 

The library’s co-working space, repurposed into collaborative workspaces, serve as the new hub for entrepreneurs or small business getting started and in need of people to help in the process.

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My Biz: Mount Vernon Confections Owner Finds Sweet Success

Thu, 2014-02-13 14:00

Mickey Miller doesn’t hesitate to admit that she hates to cook.

“I’m not a complicated recipe person,” she said. “But I have always loved baking. When I am in the kitchen I like to figure out how to make a recipe right and maintain the quality.”

Those are wise words coming from a woman who has spent the last couple of years honing her skills as a chocolatier.

Miller owns Mount Vernon Confections, a chocolate shop that prides itself on high quality, simple chocolate made from top of the line ingredients.

Advice for Jewelry Designer Trying to Expand

Tue, 2014-02-11 13:46

Question: I design custom jewelry. I have had several home-based parties and sold $3,000 to $5,000 worth of cuffs, earrings, and rings at each. I work with a local silversmith who does fabulous work, but he is limited in the number of pieces he can produce because each design is handcrafted. I would like to expand my business to a broader audience, but I need advice on how to increase production and sales.

On Main Street, High Hopes for This Year’s Small Business Saturday - J.D. Harrison

Mon, 2013-11-18 11:49

Eileen McGervey expects her bookstore to attract plenty of customers on the final Saturday of November, increasingly known as Small Business Saturday — but she concedes it won’t likely garner quite the attention it attracted on that day last year.

After all, President Obama isn’t likely to visit the same store on consecutive Small Business Saturdays.

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