50+ Entrepreneurs

A video with 3 Client Success Testimonials

This is a video Directed and Produced by Andy Crittenden (andy.crittenden@gmail.com)  It contains interviews with the founders of 3 companies that SCORE assisted.  It is narrated by our Chapter President, Michael Scotto. Watch, listen and enjoy!

How SCORE Helped

View the Video to see how SCORE assisted these three successful businesses.

Resources

BuzGate
A great resource for small businesses in New Hampshire

Upper Valley business resources
Vermont SCORE Chapters
New Hampshire SCORE Chapters
New Hampshire Small Business Development Centers
Vermont Small Business Development Center
Micro-Credit, NH , 7 Wall Street, Concord, NH 03302, tel 603-223-0634
Northern Community Investment Corporation , serving Coos, Grafton, and Carroll counties in New Hampshire; and Caledonia, Orleans, and Essex counties in Vermont.
Green Mountain Economic Development Corporation

Upper Valley Towns
Hanover, NH
Lebanon, NH
Littleton, NH
Claremont, NH

Upper Valley Businesses

Upper Valley Organizations

State Government Resources
NEW HAMPSHIRE
VERMONT

Upper Valley Chambers of Commerce
HANOVER AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
LEBANON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
NEW LONDON LAKE SUNAPEE REGION CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
WOODSTOCK CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

Legal Services
A valuable collection of legal and regulatory information for America's small businesses is at businesslaw.gov.

Vermont Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service, 800-639-7036, first half-hour no more than $25.
New Hampshire Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service, 603-229-0002, first hour $25.

New Hampshire Corporate Attorneys

Concord
David Howe, Rath, Young & Pignatelli, 603-226-2600
Peter Burger, Orr & Reno, 603-224-2381
Dodd Griffith, Gallagher, Callahan & Gartrell, 603-228-1181
David Fries, Cleveland, Waters & Bass, 603-224-7761

Manchester
Scott Ellison, Devine, Millimet & Branch, 603-669-1000
Michael Kasten, Sheehan Phinney Bass & Green, 603-668-0300
Stephen Patterson, Wiggin & Nourie, 603-629-4526
Curtis Little, Cook, Little, Rosenblatt & Manson, 603-621-7104

Financing Agencies
SBA504 PROGRAM , expansion financing for companies acquiring facilities that will create or preserve jobs; Wilmer Jones, 225-1400x130.
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT PROGRAM , to create jobs for low to moderate income workers through business expansion
FINANCING SOURCES , a list of possible sources of funds for starting your business..

Business Assistance Programs
NEW HAMPSHIRE BUSINESS AND INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT AGENCY , offering information and resources for New Hampshire business development.
SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER, providing free counseling from subcenters in Concord, Durham, Keene, Littleton, Manchester, Nashua, Plymouth, Portsmouth, and Rochester.
NEW HAMPSHIRE BUSINESS AND INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT SITES, a data base of available buildings and industrial parks.
SMALL BUSINESS TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM, helping small businesses comply with state and federal environmental regulations.
NEW HAMPSHIRE SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER, supported by the US Small Business Administration and the University of New Hampshire.

SCORE Partnerships
Corporate Turnaround and SCORE have formed an alliance to help businesses get out of debt.  Corporate Turnaround has helped thousands of smaller companies find financing, settle past-due debts, resolve tax problems and avoid bankruptcy.

Reference Library (some materials available in SCORE local office)
BUSINESS EKG, The Kauffman Business EKG provides a comprehensive assessment of your company's financial vital signs.
US CENSUS BUREAU, a source of population and economic data.
1997 NAICS and 1987 SIC CORRESPONDENCE TABLES, categorization of all US businesses, useful for starting market research.
Starting & Operating a Business in New Hampshire , Michael Jenkins
SMALL BUSINESS SOURCEBOOK, contact us about this wealth of information about 336 small business profiles including relevant trade and professional associations, licensing information, educational directories, periodicals, franchises, software, etc.
Also, contact us about ALMANAC OF BUSINESS AND INDUSTRIAL FINANCIAL RATIOS, 50 financial ratios and key operating data for 179 industries, derived from millions of US companies, useful for business modeling or diagnosis.

The Arizona Department of Commerce offers a must do Small Business Services Online Program that guides you through what you need to know to start or expand your business in Arizona. The step by step guide acquaints you with all the statewide resources and information needed to start up your Arizona small business!  Included in the guide is detailed “how to” information on the following subjects:

  • Business Structure

  • Business Name Registration

  • Specific Business Activities

  • State Regulatory Licensing

  • Transaction Privilege Tax

  • Employee Hiring

  • City/Town Compliances

  • Loans

  • Procurement Opportunities

  • Certification for S/W/W/DBE

You should NOT start a business in Arizona without going through this guide. It is available 24/7 and you can proceed at your own pace. It is extremely valuable! : Click This Link  

You should NOT start a business in Arizona without going through this guide. It is available 24/7 and you can proceed at your own pace. It is extremely valuable!

A nationally recognized expert on entrepreneurship, Barry Moltz has founded and run small businesses for the past 15 years, experiencing both great success and great failure along the way. His latest book, BOUNCE!: Failure, Resiliency, and Confidence to Achieve Your Next Great Success, offers entrepreneurs a new perspective on the concept of failure, and how recognizing and even embracing it can set the stage for bigger successes.

Forget about having “no fear,” or asserting that, “failure is not an option.” Actually, it is a very real option, and often happens. It’s okay to be afraid and it's okay to fail. Not everything works. Learn from failure and bounce to the next action and success. It's about resilience.

A proactive approach to managing potential disasters may help mitigate the effects on your business, and lessen the time and resources necessary to resume normal operations.

 

SCORE is committed to helping small business owners with disaster preparedness and relief. Below is a comprehensive list of helpful resources.

Small businesses on the Internet are racing up beside large multi-national corporations on the information superhighway and giving them quite a scare. On the Internet a small business like can compete with, and even surpass, large national firms.

E-Commerce Lowers Business Costs
A global business on the Internet does not require bricks and mortar or staff around the world, just a Web site and perhaps one central warehouse. .

E-Commerce Is Accessible Anywhere, Anytime
The audience on the Internet is global.

E-Commerce Strengthens Customer Service
A Web site allows a business to address its customers on a personal level.

E-Commerce Develops Customer Loyalty

How to really start your business
Bankruptcy: An overview

1. Go to the website of the Maine Secretary of State: http://maine.gov/sos 2. On the left-hand side is a menu, click on “corporations”; 3. When the corporations page opens on the left hand-side, depending upon what you want to do, click on either “Business Corporations” or “Limited Liability Companies”; 4. When the appropriate site comes up scroll down to the document(s) needed: • With respect to Business Corporations at least two documents will be required: • Form MBCA-6 “Articles of Incorporation”; you will also want • Form MBCA-3-NCRA “Appointment of a non-commercial clerk” • With respect to Limited Liability Companies one document will suffice: • MLLC-6 “Articles of Organization”

Community Recreation Centers Find Success Through Collaboration

Collaboration with the competition. For some businesses, it would be a radical — and sometimes unthinkable — idea. Not for Karen Mailen and her colleagues at the recCenters of Lancaster County. The group, made up of four recreation facilities in four different communities, is a collaboration designed to capitalize on shared resources and to enhance the marketability of each center.

Owner/Founder
Karen Mailen
My Successes
Collaboration with the competition. For some businesses, it would be a radical — and sometimes unthinkable — idea. Not for Karen Mailen and her colleagues at the recCenters of Lancaster County. The group, made up of four recreation facilities in four different communities, is a collaboration designed to capitalize on shared resources and to enhance the marketability of each center.
The idea for the alliance came out of a conversation Karen, executive director of the Lititz Rec Center, had with a local businessperson. The discussion turned to the challenge that many firms have with corporate recreation center memberships—a single facility might not be easily accessible to every corporate location or to every employee.
For Karen, who as a former YMCA program director had often shared ideas and resources with other YMCAs, the solution came naturally: create a coalition of recreation centers that offered standardized products and services, making each facility more attractive to corporations and individuals. 
To offer the best possible package, the fledgling group would include centers that offered similar services, such as a fitness center, a gym, and swimming facilities. As a result, along with Karen at the Lititz Rec Center, the group includes Alan Houck from the New Holland Recreation Center, David Lloyd from the Ephrata Rec Center, and Barry Newton from the Hempfield Area Recreation Commission.
From the start of the process, team members were receptive to the idea of collaboration. Karen says, “They were all very open and very helpful. We have a similar mindset.”
One result of the joint effort is the recAlliance program, which allows a member of any one of the four facilities to receive a discount on fees at the participating centers. As a result, a member of the Hempfield center can take discounted classes that may be offered only at Ephrata or New Holland.
In addition, the group recently launched a corporate membership program in which a company’s employees receive a discounted rate to join any recCenter facility. Since all the centers are available in the program, it makes it easier for an employee to find a convenient location, whether it’s near the workplace or one that’s closer to home.
The recCenters of Lancaster County is starting to see a return on their joint efforts. Karen says, “All of our centers are seeing growth in their memberships.” The group’s collaboration on an advertising campaign has also raised the profile of each facility. “We’re able to do television ads, something that we could never afford to do independently.”
Karen credits the group’s success to the assistance of SCORE Lancaster, a non-profit business mentoring service. To help build upon her initial vision, SCORE assembled a task force that included counselors Pete Faber,  Bill Graham, Dave Heckel, and Larry Merris. Karen says these mentors played a critical role in facilitating decision-making among group members. “It’s sometimes hard to get everyone to the same place. SCORE mediated and helped us move forward, even when we couldn’t all agree.”
With SCORE’s assistance, the alliance established their official name as well as a common logo. The process, which took place over a half-dozen work sessions, also included the creation of a marketing plan.
Karen says, “We were very thankful for SCORE’s help and support, and they did it at the perfect price for us — free.”
What's Great About My Mentor?

 To help build upon her initial vision, SCORE assembled a task force that included counselors Pete Faber,  Bill Graham, Dave Heckel, and Larry Merris. Karen says these mentors played a critical role in facilitating decision-making among group members. “It’s sometimes hard to get everyone to the same place. SCORE mediated and helped us move forward, even when we couldn’t all agree.”

How SCORE Helped
With SCORE’s assistance, the alliance established their official name as well as a common logo. The process, which took place over a half-dozen work sessions, also included the creation of a marketing plan.
Karen says, “We were very thankful for SCORE’s help and support, and they did it at the perfect price for us — free.”
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