SCORE in the News

My Biz: Mount Vernon Confections Owner Finds Sweet Success

Date
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

Date
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

Date
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.

Small Business Navigation: SCORE Mentors Help New Business Owners Find Their Way - Susan Smigielski Acker

Date
Mon, 2013-11-18 10:40

Many times when an entrepreneur has a great idea, business guidance is needed to get it from conception to market. That is where a mentor from SCORE can help.

Steven DeFonzo, owner of From the Hearth Pizza, a catering company based in Carrollton, received help from Jemal Harris, a freelance consultant and director of operations for Peninsula SCORE, with his business plan. DeFonzo needed funding to purchase a mobile brick oven.

Blackbird Underpinnings: A New Oakland-based Intimate Apparel Line - Kristin Scheel

Date
Mon, 2013-11-18 10:33

Local artist Marin Camille remembers the first time she bought lingerie. She will tell you that it was the perfect thing and the right occasion, and it is an experience she wants you to have. Marin has also always wanted to design her own line of vintage lingerie, and this year, that lace-and-silk fantasy is becoming reality.

11 Tangible Ways Entrepreneurs Can Help Veterans - Holly Magister

Date
Thu, 2013-11-14 13:42

There are approximately 22 Million U.S. Military Veterans and another 2.3 Million Active and Reserve Military Personnel to thank this Veterans Day and while this may feel like an overwhelming task, I believe entrepreneurs are positioned uniquely to make a real difference today by going beyond raising the American flag and doing something tangible to help Veterans.

Lancaster SCORE, Nationally Honored, Helps Launch Small Businesses - Diane Bitting

Date
Wed, 2013-11-13 15:02

A Lancaster couple recently launched a small business selling micro-roast coffee.

An audiologist began her own practice 13 years ago and now oversees three thriving Lancaster County locations.

A Lancaster nonprofit that helps single mothers care for their children and get an education went from being in the red to being on the road to sustainability.

What do these three scenarios have in common?

5 Tricks to Starting a Business While Working Full Time - Miriam Salpeter

Date
Thu, 2013-11-07 11:53

Have you thought about creating a side business to bring in revenue in addition to your full-time job? The book "Social Networking for Business Success," defines a MOXIE as someone who creates a side gig - someone "managing other, x-tra income engagements."

Chadha suggests the following for those considering starting a business while already employed.

SCORE CEO Ken Yancey ON THE AIR with A Sharpe Outlook host, Angela Sharpe

Date
Tue, 2013-11-05 16:16

SCORE CEO Ken Yancey discusses the breadth of SCORE's free resources and tools with Angela Sharpe; host of A Sharpe Outlook. 


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Small Businesses Should Seek Help for Financial Challenges Before Bills Multiply - NewsObserver.com - Virginia Bridges

Date
Tue, 2013-10-29 11:01

"Owners of established businesses should consider reaching out for help when they face changes in their business, such as an increase or a decrease in sales, a product becoming obsolete or a rise in the cost of materials."

 

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