Women Entrepreneurs

Aids Service Center NYC (ASCNYC)

Sharen Duke launched Aids Service Center NYC (ASCNYC) in 1990. With the help of the Design Industry's Foundation for AIDS (DIFFA) who donated an office space and the AIDS Institute who provided a grant, Sharen along with her staff of three, began their mission to improve the lives of those infected with the AIDS virus.


My Location
New York NY
United States
Year Company Formed
My Successes

Currently, ASCNYC has more than 90 staff members, 85 peer interns and a budget of nearly $8 million. More than 1,800 clients come to ASCNYC for services each year and 18,000 people are reached through ASCNYC's peer education and community outreach initiatives. ASCNYC was also recognized by SCORE as the 2014 Outstanding Non-Profit Organization.


How SCORE Helped

In 2008 the recession presented Sharen with new, unfamiliar challenges. Sharen reached out to SCORE to help her in an area she had not been trained in, finance. Sharen's mentor, Munir Saltoun worked with Sharen and ASCNYC's CFO to create a five year plan to restructure the organization in order to get it back on financial track.

Miami Herald Small Business Makeover: Roy’s Delivery Service

Sun, 2014-07-06 15:52

Hada Grullon is a bulldog — a tenacious, talented, self-made woman who turned an idea into a thriving business called Roy’s Delivery Service. Her company, which has been around for 20 years, delivers just about anything, but its core business is handling deliveries for the medical industry. Every day, Roy’s delivers human organs, blood, tissue, radiology film, sensitive documents and other specimens to doctors and medical facilities throughout South Florida.

          After working for a large accounting firm for many years, I’ve decided to go out on my
own and specialize in helping small businesses with their accounting and financial needs.
          Initially, it will be just me, and to keep expenses down and be able to better manage my young
son, I’m thinking about operating out of my home. What are the pros and cons?

          For productivity, convenience, and downright comfort, nothing beats a home-based business. Here, most every day is “casual day,” and the only obstacle on your commute is dodging the cat or dog on your way upstairs.

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.

RN Cancer Guides

Susan Scherer
My Location
26852 Tanic Dr., Suite 101
Wesley Chapel FL 33544
United States
How SCORE Helped

RN Cancer Guides (RNCG) was founded to assist cancer patients and their caregivers navigate through all the complex financial, medical, and emotional barriers of a cancer diagnosis.  RNCG utilizes only oncology certified nurses throughout the state of Florida and was able to design and implement 3 programs.  The private patient program, the first Employee Cancer Assistance Program (ECAP), and the Patient Medication Compliance Program.  More details may be found at RNCancerGuides.com.

RNCG came to the Pasco Economic Development Council (PEDC) SMARTstart incubator looking for assistance and growth.  They immediately directed us to Richard Bonnett from SCORE.  We met Richard, and he was able to assess our growth potential by viewing our business plan and assisting us with the ability to secure a Microloan from the PEDC.  Our company's programs have expanded since receiving the funding and advice.  We moved our company to Wesley Chapel and added more staff.  We were able to expand our marketing efforts and building brand awareness.  Our client base doubled, and our ECAP program is now being introduced by health care brokers across the state to self-funded corporations.

Richard continues to provide sound advice and guidance on various ideas that we present to him.  He is able to provide the pros and cons and keep us from making very costly mistakes.  RNCG is positioning itself to become a national company within the next couple of years.

“What’s An LLC?"

Q: What are limited liability companies (“LLCs”), and what should businesses know about them?

A: LLCs are a new type of business entity that emerged in the early 1990s. They have many important legal and tax characteristics, but the key ones are these:

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

Former Teacher Achieves Dream of Knitting, Crocheting Shop

Thu, 2014-06-26 13:22

Brenda Johannessen, a former culinary teacher in the Clark County School District, has always wanted to open her own knitting and crocheting shop.

On May 1 she finally got the chance.

Unwind Knitting, at 10545 S. Eastern Ave. in Henderson, offers a variety of hard-to-find luxury yarn and accessories, and an array of classes for every level of knitter or crocheter from beginners to seasoned pros.

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By Ed McCormick, Merrimack Valley SCORE

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