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SCORE Buffalo Niagara
Serving the 8 counties of Western NY

No matter where you are on your entrepreneurial journey, our SCORE mentors are ready to assist. Our mentors are highly successful and seasoned business professionals and entrepreneurs with the experience and knowledge to help you achieve your business goals.

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Karen Foley's Triumph with the Lancaster LGBTQ+ Coalition

A 2019 DEI study examined the challenges that the LGBTQ+ community face worldwide despite recent advances in legal and cultural progress. The results reflected the dilemma that Karen Foley was facing as a member of the LGBTQ+ community in Lancaster. There was a vacuum with a critical need to fill, and Karen was ready to make a move to bridge that gap. One of the first steps that Karen took in this process was to reach out to SCORE Lancaster-Lebanon to request the assistance of a SCORE mentor.

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Our Succcess Stories

Anil Karakkattu
BHA Consulting
Having been born and raised in a middle-class family in India, I did pretty much everything that was expected of a middle-class child – good education, a well-paying job, and marriage.
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Blooming with Success: The Story of Goody Girl Flower Farm
Previously, I was working in a law firm and my duties included planning travel, conferences, continuing education, corporate wellness, events, and administration in the office.
Town and Country Quilt Shop's success with SCORE
Our mission is to create a warm, inviting environment where makers can feel at home, learn new skills, and find the tools they need to make quilts and other sewn items.
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Shirt Pickle, Inc.
Thomas Pickles' company, Shirt Pickle, allows customers to create unique, high-quality T-shirts featuring their own text, images and art. Pickles worked with SCORE mentor Frank Uhlman on securing funding.
Janie’s Emporium Boutique
Janie’s Emporium carries carefully curated products including teas, jewelry, and home accents from places around the world such as India, Thailand, and Indonesia. SCORE helped Taggart-Powell emphasize her store’s sensory experience so customers are delighted as they move throughout the space.
716 Home Inspections
716 Home Inspections provides full evaluations of the structural and mechanical components of clients’ homes. Paolini attended the Starting and Managing Your Own Business workshop, where he learned more about the mentorship opportunities SCORE offers.
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Nicole Williams Collective

After years of freelancing and a failed partnership, Nicole Williams figured out her dream job — rather, her dream business. She created Nicole Williams Collective, a multicultural communications agency helping clients with branding, public relations, digital marketing, event planning, and more. Her company’s strategic, creative tactics empower clients in the private and nonprofit sectors alike.

“I sought out mentoring because while I’m a strategic thinker, I don’t always see myself,” Williams says. “Additionally, I was at a point where I had a lot happening and needed someone with major

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Grand Island Waste Management LLC
Jim Ehde owns & operates Grand Island Waste Management LLC. Knowing Grand Island is a small community that likes to support local companies
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SCORE Buffalo/Niagara
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SCORE for All

We believe that anyone can start and manage a successful small business. We also know that the road is harder for some than for others. Diverse backgrounds, different voices, and unique needs may call for specialized resources and mentoring approaches. SCORE is listening, recognizes these diverse needs, and provides personalized support in a wholly-inclusive platform called SCORE for All. 

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Since 1964, SCORE has educated and mentored more than 11 million small business owners and entrepreneurs. We're looking for people with diverse backgrounds and experiences to serve in a variety of roles — from knowledgeable business mentors to local community advocates. 

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