Rural Entrepreneurs

Ben Van Dam: SCORE's Input Helped Boat Maker Change with Times

Wed, 2013-04-10 15:59

At Van Dam Custom Boats, the recession of the late 2000s made several things clear to us. The times had changed and we needed to change too. We needed a better marketing plan, and we needed to restructure our company management.  SCORE helped us in not only recognizing these things but also helped us in acting on them in a cost effective and efficient way.


Learn how to choose the best legal structure for your new business.

  • Sole Proprietorship
  • "C" Corporation 
  • Limited Liability Partnership
  • Partnership
  • "S" Corporation              
  • Limited Liability Company

(This information is provided for guidance only. Competent legal accounting advice should be obtained to assist you in making a decision on form of organization)

Webinar Learning Center

Sat, 2013-03-23 17:37

The seven Minnesota Chapters of SCORE have jointly developed a series of online on demand recorded webinars.   These topics cover issues beyond what we can provide in a face-to-face workshop setting due to their use of technology and newest of the issues to new entrepreneurs. View the topics currently available.

SCORE ExpertAnswers

When Jill Konrath recognized that the crazy-busy work environment was wreaking havoc with sellers, she immersed herself in the issue until she discovered new strategies that worked. That resulted in her highly acclaimed book, SNAP Selling, which jumped to #1 on Amazon within hours of its release, joining her previous book, Selling to Big Companies, as one of the site’s most popular sales titles. 

Jill has worked with large companies like IBM, GE, and Staples as well as numerous small businesses. She’s also shared her insights and ideas via TV, leading business publications, and on her website which contains a wealth of free resources. 



All customers begin as leads, but is it possible to differentiate a “good lead” from one that may have a lower chance of panning out? 

About the Author

Sales expert Jill Konrath is the author of two best-selling titles, SNAP Selling and Selling to Big Companies, has trained sales teams at Fortune 1000 brands including IBM, GE and Staples, and works with numerous small businesses to provide the same high-quality sales training normally available to large corporations. Visit her website at


       After working for more than 25 years in the publishing industry, the company I worked 
for downsized and I accepted an attractive buyout package. Now I’d like to start my own 
business. What do I do first?



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 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.
       Have a question you’d like answered in this column? E-mail it to, with “Ask SCORE” in the subject line.    

Choosing Among Sole Proprietorships, Single-Shareholder Corporations And Single-Member LLCs For New Businesses

Choosing Among Sole Proprietorships, Single-Shareholder Corporations And Single-Member LLCs For New Businesses

Q: I’m starting a new business in New Hampshire. I will be its only owner. Should my business be a sole proprietorship, a single-shareholder corporation or a single-member LLC?

About the Author

John Cunningham is a N.H. business lawyer whose practice is focused on LLC law and tax. He chaired the N.H. Business and Industry Association committee that drafted the Revised New Hampshire Limited Liability Company Act, a radical revision of New Hampshire LLC law that went into effect on January 1st. LLCs are, by a wide margin, the entities of choice for N.H. business start-ups.

New Freedom Company Invents Pad to Reduce Injury in Car Racing - Stephanie Reighart

Thu, 2013-02-28 09:42

Denny Gross has had back injuries all his life.  He started sprint car racing in 1973 at the age of 22 and has kept up with the competition ever since.

"When you're an engineer and race for a lifetime, you come up with ideas to solve problems," Wickham said.

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Taylorsville Business Owner Recipient of National Training Grant - Jessica Miller

Thu, 2013-02-21 15:19

Thanks to a grant from one big business and a nonprofit organization, two small-business owners in Utah have received money and training that will help them take their business to the next level.  Kris Rudarmel, who owns Taylorsville’s Anchor Water Damage and Restoration with her husband, received one of the grants. She said she went to the two-day workshop in January and learned about different ways to market the boutique-style emergency flood-service business, including using YouTube videos and blogs.


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