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Canton Regional Score Chapter Recognizes Successful Clients

 

       The Canton Regional Chapter of SCORE recognized five area small businesses for success in starting or growing their firms at SCORE’s fourth annual recognition luncheon on December 4 at the Kent State - Stark University Center.

       Co-sponsoring this year’s event are Farmers National Bank and Krugliak, Wilkens, Griffiths, Dougherty, Co., L.P.A., two organizations that are supporting SCORE’s mission to strengthen the area’s small business community. 

       SCORE is a national organization of current and retired executives that provides counsel to America’s small businesses.  The Canton Regional Chapter with 37 volunteer members is one of 364 chapters with more than 12,000 volunteers whose counsel is provided cost-free.  The chapter covers Stark, Holmes, Carroll and Tuscarawas counties.

      Two of the five businesses honored are clients of the SBDC, Small Business Development Center that coordinates closely with SCORE.  Indeed, one of those two clients was counseled jointly by the SBDC and SCORE.

       In early 2010 Carl Beatty of Beatty’s Builders sought counsel for creating a marketing plan.  His New Philadelphia firm specializes in innovatively designed and constructed pole-frame buildings – barns, warehouses, sheds and more.  The result: His sales in 2012 have grown to about $600,000, up from $250,000 in 2011.

       Craig Miloscia’s Optic Lingo, Inc. designs products for a range of companies as well as designing websites and graphics for branding and packaging. In February 2011 he sought help in developing a marketing plan. In each of the last two years his sales have increased by about 35 percent, and he has moved his firm to larger quarters. 

       About 80 percent of Don Baker’s Canal Fulton Canoe Livery business was taking place on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.  He sought help in growing his firm.  A newly developed marketing plan set as an objective increasing his business on the other four days.  As a result he began targeting youth and church groups as well as other organizations – and saw his sales grow by $20,000 from 2011.

       In mid-2011 Karl Beitzel sought counsel for his firm, Jack Hooks, that manufactures a series of uniquely designed fishing hooks for the $5 billion retail and professional fishing market.  His innovative design enables connecting a fishing line to a hook in less than five seconds.  Jack Hooks’ motto: “If you are still tying knots, you don’t know Jack.”  His success led to a $50,000 grant from the Canton Entrepreneur Launch Fund.

       Barbara Abbot was aware of a concept that had not been introduced in the Canton area.  The concept: food tours that consist of visiting an area and learning about local history and architecture while sampling food in restaurants.  She needed a business plan.  The result was the formation of Canton Food Tours, LLC.  Her success has created six new jobs and included buying a 12-passenger van so that tours covering greater distances could be organized.            

       During the past year the Canton Regional SCORE Chapter conducted more than 340 counseling sessions with area start-ups or existing businesses with growth aspirations.  The chapter also conducted 19 workshops that drew more than 400 attendees.  In addition to counseling, the chapter’s volunteers invested nearly 1,900 non-counseling hours in carrying out the chapter’s mission of strengthening the area’s small business community. 

       The Canton Regional SCORE Chapter’s office is located in the Kent State-Stark University Center at 6000 Frank Avenue.  For more information on the chapter’s services, phone 330-244-3280 or email cantonscore@gmail.com or visit its website at www.cantonregional.score.org.