50+ Entrepreneurs

A two-sided flyer designed to instruct prospective clients how to sign up for counseling.  

Printed copies are available in the SCORE Office.

 

 

Ask SCORE 
          I’m in the process of establishing a graphic design/web development business. 
Should I form a corporation? 

 

CHOOSING YOUR BUSINESS ENTITY
By Attorney Ruth-Ellen Post


The four most common forms of business structure are:

  • LLC (Limited Liability Company)
  • CORPORATION (Conventional and Subchapter S)
  • PROPRIETORSHIP
  • PARTNERSHIP

The following outlines provide very general information on some of the main
similarities and differences among these business structures in six key areas:

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. 

 

Pizza Business Owner Marking Anniversary, Aiming Toward Future

Date
Thu, 2014-05-29 21:40

Anniversaries are a time to reflect on the past, however, for Sami Ladeki, owner of Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza, he’s already thinking about the future.

Next month, the restaurant chain celebrates 25 years in business with more than 20 locations throughout California and Southern Nevada, including McCarran and Los Angeles airports.

Goosebumps Exotic Ices

Jean took Bill back to suburban Philly and introduced him to water ice. He only went back 6 times in 5 days. It was such an unique and delicious product. On the trip home, Jean asked the innocent question, "Why wouldn't something like water ice sell in North Central Florida?" BOOM!

Owner/Founder
Bill & Jean Thomas
My Location
8830 SE 167th Mayfield Pl
The Villages FL 32162
United States
Employees
2
Year Company Formed
2014
My Successes

1. Using pure ingredients, make a line of frozen desserts of highest quality, consistency and simplicity. 2. Using sound and austere business practices, minimize start-up and production costs without compromising standards. 3. Using up-beat and fun approaches, market the line of products to consumers in the Ocala/The Villages area. 4. Using careful planning and cautious practices, grow the business to be worthy of selling and/or franchising within 3 years.

Great article about Goosebumps Exotic Ices in the April 3rd, 2015, issue of The Villages Daily Sun newspaper including a photo.

What's Great About My Mentor?

Dedication: we grew to count on one or all of the mentoring group to attend any and all of our emails and meeting inquiries AND every one of our public endeavors (3 product beta-testing sites, the soft opening and the grand opening). Insight and perseverance: every dilemma, dead-end, frustration, what-if question was met with an accurate, but up-to-us answer. Resourcefulness: if they didn't have an answer themselves, they dug and researched until they found a suitable solution.

How SCORE Helped

Flat out, Goosebumps Exotic Ices would not exist without the Simple Steps to Starting Your Business workshops 2 through 5 or the entire mentoring staff and process. The workshops provided a treasure of insights and resources without being over-bearing or preach-y. The structure of the workshops took us from basic to complex in logical "go-or-no-go" steps. If I only had a dollar for every time a topic caused me to say, "Gee, I never thought of that." The workshops were the best money Goosebumps ever spent.

Ask SCORE

            I own a small advertising agency, as well as being a wife and mother. I constantly read about women who “have it all” and would love to be one of them. How do they do it?

            “If only I had more time….”

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.

4th Encore Entrepreneur Day was a Success

Date
Thu, 2014-05-01 08:01

Broward SCORE, the SBA, and AARP held the 4th Encore Entrepreneur Day at the Alvin Sherman Library of Nova Southeastern University yesterday.

The event was attended by close to 70 entrepreneurs. Aimed specifically at people 50+ years of age the symposium featured speakers with a wealth of knowledge on starting a business later in life.

Project Genesis

Project Genesis was founded in 1991 as a non-profit corporation dedicated to serving Connecticut adults and students who have disabilities. While our main office is located in Willimantic, our services are available in every county in the state. We serve over 200 individuals per year, some of whom participate in short-term job supports and many of whom receive long-term educational, vocational and life-skills supports. 

We believe in…

Individualized Services: Each person receiving services is unique and deserves to have our support focused on their own, specific dreams and goals. Since our inception in 1991 Project Genesis has been committed to individualized services and this has set us apart.

Trust: One of our strongest guiding principles is the belief that the relationships between our consumers and our staff are key to the development of productive services. When there is a relationship of trust people are better able to strive and to achieve their best.

Honesty: We have a commitment to open and honest communication. No organization is perfect and we at Project Genesis try to own our mistakes just as we celebrate our successes. We welcome the opinions of our consumers and we regularly request information about how we are doing. Both informal communication and satisfaction surveys provide us with information about how we can do our jobs better.

At Project Genesis we never stop trying to do our best. It is, simply, what you deserve. 

See video
Owner/Founder
Virginia Kerensky
My Location
Willimantic CT 06226
United States
Year Company Formed
2009
How SCORE Helped

"They valued what we did [here] as strongly as we did.....You will never find such a broad group of experts."

Battling Depression: Advice on How to Make Seniors Feel Valued by Others

Date
Thu, 2014-04-17 10:21

Research shows that the rate of depression among elders in senior residences is 24% to 27%. It's not that every fourth resident you greet in the hallway is depressed.

It's that we should be more concerned about the people who aren't in the hallway to greet.

From the Ground Up, Janska Builds Dignified Clothing

Date
Thu, 2014-04-03 10:46

Business has always been good for Jan Erickson and Jon Thomas, owners of Janska Clothing that Comforts.

In business since 2003, Janska staff envision, design, cut, sew and sell clothing like jackets, socks, hats, scarves and more.

Erickson’s and Thomas’ knowledge of business has grown in time with the bottom line, they said recently.

Air Quality Control Environmental in Coral Springs

Owner/Founder
Al Dexter
My Location
3640 NW 118th Ave
Coral Springs FL 33065
United States
Revenue
800000
Employees
12
Year Company Formed
1991
How SCORE Helped
 

BY JULIE LANDRY LAVIOLETTE
Special to the Miami Herald

​ In 1991, two weeks after Al Dexter moved his wife and four kids to South Florida, he was laid off from his job. So Dexter, then 49, started working with a man cleaning air ducts — not for pay, but to learn the business. A couple of months later, Dexter saw an opportunity: The man was moving back to New York. Dexter took out a loan to buy equipment and a cargo van with 400,000 miles on it, and started an air-duct cleaning business out of his garage.

Today, Air Quality Control Environmental in Coral Springs has 12 core employees, four service vehicles and a crew of part-time workers. Dexter, 73, has grown Air Quality into a family business, with son, Mike, and daughter, Kelly, as co-owners.

AL DIAZ / MIAMI HERALD STAFF:  IN THE FAMILY: Al Dexter, at center, founded Air Quality Control Environmental Inc. nearly 25 years ago. Now he and two of his children, Mike Dexter and Kelly Dexter, are also co-owners of the business. The addition of Mike and Kelly have re-energized the business: Sales climbed to $800,000 in 2013, and sales calls grew from one or two a day to six or more a day. But while Air Quality has seen sales growth, Al Dexter feels the company doesn’t have the operational infrastructure to accommodate it and enhance its growth potential. Air Quality asked the Miami Herald for a Small Business Makeover.

The Herald brought in Broward SCORE, a nonprofit with volunteer counselors from the business community that mentor small business owners. The SCORE tune-up team included David Harris, director of marketing, Greenway Golf Course Management, whose expertise is in operational management, fiscal controls and marketing; Michael Bauer, director of accounting, American Traveler, whose expertise is in strategic planning, budgeting and operations; and Chip Ellis, president of the International Association of U.S. Government Contractors, whose expertise is coaching small business owners how to succeed at selling products.

AL DIAZ / MIAMI HERALD STAFF:  IN THE FAMILY: Al Dexter, at center, founded Air Quality Control Environmental Inc. nearly 25 years ago. Now he and two of his children, Mike Dexter and Kelly Dexter, are also co-owners of the business.

 

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Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/04/06/v-print/4040722/small-business-makeover-air-quality.html#storylink=cpy

See article online at http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/04/06/4040722/small-business-makeover-air-quality.html

             

Score's D. Harris                           Score's C. Ellis                                        Score's M. Bauer

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