50+ Entrepreneurs

This paper will outline ways to stay ahead on your business accounting and financial paperwork. These simple weekly steps will save you major at tax preparation time as well as providing useful ongoing operational financial information to guide your business decisions.

About the Author

30+ years of retail experience with two Big Box corporations, managing numerous multi million retail outlets within New Hampshire. Experience included meeting or exceeding operational goals, profit, expense control, and customer experience.

Festivities, one of New York/Connecticut's leading special event catering companies, opens two new stores at SoNo Marketplace with help from retired executives from SCORE

Wed, 2013-01-23 10:54

Festivities is thrilled to announce the opening of two new stores at the SoNo Marketplace. 

Life of Back Pain Inspires Hanover Man's Invention - Brittany Wilson

Tue, 2013-01-22 09:54

John Rutty, 80, of Hanover has a long history of back problems.  In 2002, he built the first prototype of the Backjack, a lightweight, portable device that helps alleviate back pain and discomfort. The device can be strapped to a car seat or office chair and looks similar to a padded chair back with arm rests and an adjustable lumbar support made from memory foam. 



       My partner and I have been running our laser engraving business ourselves for the past two years. We’ve reached the point now where we’re both completely maxed out, so we’re considering hiring at least one employee. Where do we start  Read more.....

About the Author

       This column is brought to you by the Merrimack Valley Chapter of SCORE, with nearly 70 current and former business executives available to provide free, confidential, one-on-one business mentoring and training workshops for area businesses. Call 603-666-7561 or visit merrimackvalley.score.org for information on mentoring, upcoming workshops and volunteer opportunities. SCORE is a national, non-profit organization and a resource partner of the U. S. Small Business Administration.
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10 Tips for Boomers to Become Entrepreneurs - Andrea Coombes

Mon, 2013-01-14 09:49

Nancy Strojny, chairwoman of the Portland, Maine, chapter of SCORE, shares tips for achieving success as an entrepreneur starting out later in life.

Find people who can act as advisers. “Someone who will tell you the truth—not what you want to hear,” said Strojny.  People are “so in love with their idea” that they’re often blind to the facts, she said. An advisory team can offer a sense of perspective and reality.


At 72, A New Recipe for Success - Matthew Ferreira

Fri, 2013-01-11 09:49

While many 72-year-olds are either in retirement or beginning to think about wrapping up their life's work, Middleboro resident and recent small business grant recipient Joe Gulino is starting a new chapter of his. With a new cookbook "Let's Eat with Joe Gulino" for sale and a second book waiting to be published, the former hairdresser continues to keep his plate full.


Preparing For Life’s Second Act - James A. Fitts and John Weeks

Thu, 2013-01-03 12:42

It’s a situation that every family business owner will eventually face: What will I do when I no longer own and run my business?

Becoming a mentor, angel investor, SCORE volunteer, board member, or advisor to another business can provide new meaning to a person whose life was previously defined by their business accomplishments.



Beyond Made in America

Thu, 2012-12-20 09:21

This holiday season ABC World News has been encouraging viewers to have a Made in America Christmas. That if all of us spent even just a small portion of our gift budget on American-made, we could create thousands of jobs across the country. That goes for here at home too.

More Boomers Taking the Entrepreneurial Route - 55 Plus Business - Ken Little

Wed, 2012-12-19 10:22

About 10 Percent of Older Adults are Self-employed "The number of older, unincorporated self-employed workers in nonagricultural industries increased from fewer than 2,6 million in December 2007 to almost 2.9 million. In March 2012." While the number has increased, the percent of older workers who are self-employed has remained about the same: 9.7percent in March 2012, compared to 10 percent in December 2007, according to a 2012 analysis of data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Constitution Quest Finds Advice on Social Media, Marketing & Business Plan From SCORE

When was the last time you had fun learning about the US Constitution?  A study in 2011 revealed that fewer than half of Americans could answer basic questions about the Constitution, a document critical to our country’s history and present. Two teachers from California, David and Pamela Barret, identified this need in the market and used their years of experience in the education field to create an engaging and effective way of filling that need.


David and Pamela Barret
My Location
Temecula CA
United States
Year Company Formed
My Successes

David and Pamela spent many months brainstorming, researching and outlining questions on Post-it notes that lined their bedroom wall before the board game became a reality.  They chose to manufacture the game within the U.S. despite the higher production costs.  It was an important marketing decision that has paid off.  In just 3 months of production, they sold 600 games.  Pamela commented, “We are just thrilled.  I would love to get it in as many hands as possible.  Our goal is constitutional literacy.”

The Barrets originally identified their target market as homeschool families looking to incorporate civics into their lessons.  But they’ve also noticed demand coming from other groups including classrooms, grandparents, chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and individuals preparing to take their citizenship exam.

What's Great About My Mentor?

The couple spoke of their SCORE mentor saying, “Bob Godlasky has connected with other experts at SCORE to ensure that we are on track toward success.  We know that we can shoot an email to Bob to get advice on answering those burning questions that keep us up at night.”

How SCORE Helped

The Barrets say, “We have built our small business with tons of blood, sweat and tears!  It’s been nice to have listening ears and a guiding hand along the way.  SCORE of Orange County has encouraged us and suggested trainings that have proven to be very helpful in terms of advertising, social media, financing and writing a business plan.”

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