How SCORE Helped
My SCORE mentor (Dan Butler) helped me evaluate my business and move it forward. I worked with SCORE to secure a micro-loan so I could buy new equipment and increase my marketing. These changes have put me on a new business track. I am excited to see where this takes my business, as I anticipate expanded sales and higher earnings. Thank you SCORE.
How SCORE Helped
SCORE helped us get QuickBooks up and running for our business. Thanks to our mentor (Joe Mierendorf) we were able to install the program, input data, and run reports. This has been a huge help. Not only did we get assistance with QuickBooks, but we received useful operations suggestions, accounting 101 training, systems ideas, and information on tax considerations. SCORE has had a big impact on the way we do day-to-day business.
How SCORE Helped
My SCORE mentor (Richard McKenzie) helped me through the process of getting funding for our business. He met with me several times, went over all my paperwork, and guided me along the way. Anytime I called him, he was there! He was a pleasure to work with, and I am very grateful for his help.
How SCORE Helped
SCORE has been a tremendous help to me in the starting of my business, Advanced Thermal Imaging. I had a dream which SCORE has been very instrumental in bringing to fruition in just a few short months. The first and very involved project was creating a business plan, with which Mr. Bill Leete was very patient, persistent, and encouraging. Being prepared with a competent business plan enabled me to secure a loan from the second bank I contacted. Once that occurred, I was able to take the certification course and begin other details for starting a business. Mr. Leete was most helpful in providing information regarding other services I might need, such as lawyers, accountants, and insurance companies. Mr. Leete was also helpful in connecting me with other men in areas of expertise that I needed. I was very grateful for Mr. Jim Toth’s expertise with building a website; that was invaluable to me. I was also very grateful for Mr. Joe Mierendorf who willingly tutored me in QuickBooks. I can’t say enough how pleased I am to have been connected with SCORE and how impressed I am with the dedication of each individual in helping me succeed; each person willingly gave up time for mentoring and tutoring me. As a start-up business I will continue to use SCORE services when necessary and definitely recommend SCORE to others who are interested in starting a business or need help with an existing business.
Name: Cynthia Heathcoe
Distinction: CEO of Contemporary Living furniture store
City: Palm Beach Gardens
Cynthia Heathcoe’s dreams of having her own business materialized a year ago when she opened Contemporary Living (www.contemporarylivingpbg.com) in Downtown at the Gardens. This year, she is in the running for the Entrepreneur of the Year Award from Palm Beach SCORE (palmbeach.score.org). The awards ceremony will be on May 8. Finalists will be announced soon.
How SCORE Helped
Stephanie began working with SCORE in 2012 after hearing about the organization from the SBA. She had created a line of natural body products and was selling them at trade shows. "Initially, Tom from SCORE helped me to get more organized and how to be more effective in my booth at shows," she said.
Even though she had started selling some products at Whole Foods in Texas, she has pulled back her line offering it solely online. "I decided to first develop my website and online status, making sure it's solid - especially the packaging and product mix."
Stephanie added that SCORE helped her to streamline the product line. "It was great to be able to bounce ideas of them, and they gave me experienced feedback. They also helped with my business strategy and to make decisions," she said.
She added that she likes the counselor’s flexibility as she can email questions and meet them when she's available. "Because I work at nights, SCORE is great for my needs and schedule."
"It's a true mentoring relationship," she said.
Stephanie said her next steps with SCORE will be to discuss how to get back into retail and how to handle adding staff.
Published Apr. 9, 2015
This is one of the 6 most current Biz Talk articles written by Certified Mentor Bill McCabe and published in the Charlotte County Florida Sunpapers twice per month.
Mobile Payment Services. Provides a review of various mobile payment services and the pros and cons of each.
Published Apr. 3, 2015
A friend and I are considering becoming partners in purchasing an existing, somewhat successful hobby shop. I’ve known him a long time, but we’ve never been in business together. What is your opinion of partnerships?
The partnership has been the foundation for millions of successful small businesses. Unfortunately, it has also been the source for innumerable disputes, arguments, irreparable relationships and lawsuits, all of which exacted economic and personal costs on the people involved.
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Creative Cottage - NH Winner of The American Small Business Championship
SCORE, mentors to America’s small businesses, recently announced the winners of The American Small Business Championship, a program supported by Sam’s Club that provides expert training, resources and networking opportunities to small business owners. A total of 102 winners from 47 states were chosen based on written, video and photo entries that detailed the sacrifices each has made to achieve small business success. Winners were determined by online voting and a panel of judges comprised of small business experts.
Creative Cottage in Merrimack won the award for New Hampshire. Thanks to a $700,000 grant from Sam’s Club, Champions will each receive a $1,000 Sam's Club gift card, an all-expense-paid trip to one of five SCORE training events, SCORE mentoring for one year, and promotion throughout the year to showcase each Champion’s story.
Creative Cottage reproduces the world around us in miniature using polymer clay and other natural materials. Founder, Michelle Landry notes, “I've been creating my own miniature worlds as long as I can remember. Growing up, I spent hours in the woods near my rural home in Connecticut looking for gnomes and critters. That wonder and curiosity has stayed with me my whole life and is reflected in my artwork, gardening, photography and attention to detail.”
Landry applied to SCORE in 2014 for mentoring to assist in growing the business. She was matched with mentor Ron Weiss, a member of SCORE’s Merrimack Valley Chapter. According to Landry, “Ron was instrumental in helping me focus on the business side as opposed to the creative side of Creative Cottage. He gave me homework, kept me on track and helped me focus my time on things that needed doing to attain my goals.”
The partnership has reaped results in that Landry has seen month-over-month increases in revenue after their initial sessions. And mentoring continues on a less frequent basis, with Ron checking in periodically and handing out homework assignments when necessary.
For more information about how SCORE can assist small businesses grow and help grow ideas into businesses, go to merrimackvalley.score.org. For information on Creative Cottage and its range of miniatures, visit creativecottagenh.com
Published Mar. 30, 2015
What is a Business Team and why should you have one in place. This article also discusses what to consider when selecting members of your business team.
Do You Have a Business Team?
You might ask, “What is a Business Team?” A Business Team is the core group of professionals to whom every business must have access. It includes an attorney, accountant, banker and insurance agent. It is this team that helps you