Women Entrepreneurs

Two St. Paul Companies Receive 2014 SCORE Awards Honorable Mention

Thu, 2014-08-14 09:02

Two small business clients of the St. Paul Chapter of SCORE received a 2014 SCORE Award Honorable Mention August 14th, at the 6th annual SCORE Awards Gala in Washington DC.

See the Press Release.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE SCORE Contact: Greg Guettler, 651-319-1696
August 14, 2014


          All the recent news stories about large companies having their data breached makes me wonder: What can a small business do to protect information stored in the cloud? 

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. 

IRS Home Deduction

Fri, 2014-10-03 09:00
The following IRS webinar is now archived and available for viewing in the IRS Video Portal:
Topic:    "Business Use of Your Home"
Aired:     Wednesday, September 10, 2014
View:      IRS Video Portal

Just a Little Taste of Home

My Location
750 Youngstown- Warren Road Suite 50
Niles OH 44446
United States
How SCORE Helped

Just a Little Taste of Home opened on April 15, 2014 in Niles, Ohio serving Good Southern Cooking. They offer delicious homemade dishes at afforable prices and specialize in Smoked Ribs and Fried Chicken Wings made with homemade sweet BQ sauce. They feature popular southern foods like Fried Okra, Collard Greens, and Fried Catfish, homemade buttermilk mashed potatoes and freshly cut french fries.

 "SCORE was very helpful in advising myself and my business partner in how to start up our restaurant "Just a Little Taste of Home". They gave me the proper resources to become successful."

Dar's Dirty Dogs

Darlene Donatiello
My Location
3265 Canfield Road Suite B
Cornersburg OH 44511
United States
Year Company Formed
How SCORE Helped

Darlene after 25 years of working in the corporate world fulfilled her dream of opening a pet grooming store on May 3rd 2014. SCORE assisted her by reviewing with her business start-up and validating her idea and approach.

Dar's Dirty Dogs is a new and unique place to bring your pet for Do-It-Yourself bathing. Bathing pets at home can be a difficult task, with plenty of mess and backache afterwards.

At Dar's Dirty Dogs, you'll find everything you need to Wash and Dry your pet in a safe and comfortable environment- and let us take care of the clean-up!

Dar's Dirty Dogs also offers full professional grooming services by appointment, and a variety of premium pet supplies.

Wonderstruck Artisan Market

My Location
3649 Canfield Rd Suite 3 (Route 62)
Canfield OH 44406
United States
How SCORE Helped

Wonderstruck Artisan Market & Classes is an artistic multimedia, multi department gift shop with art classes. They specialize in "Sip & Paint" classes, where you can bring in a beverage and will instruct customers step-by-step on how to paint their masterpiece! Their mission is to offer consumers handmade arts and creative crafts at an affordable cost. Their goal is to bring back originality in the consumers home, rather than mass produced products from a retail giant. Whether consumers are looking for a gift, expanding their own creativity in class, or decorating their living room, Wonderstruck is the place.
Wonderstruck has now expanded their business to open a cafe next door to their market.

Wonderstruck Artisan Market and Classes greatly credits the Youngstown SCORE team for helping to establish a business plan which was our key in early business planning. This greatly helped us to be set up for success!

The Learning Dog, LLC

My Location
757 North Main St.
Hubbard OH 44425
United States
How SCORE Helped

The Learning Dog Training & Enrichment Center offers a large variety of classes using non-aversive training methods. From puppy to teenager to adult to senior, there are classes to suit your needs. Both Katie and Jenny are Certified Professional Dog Trainers (CPDT-KA) and believe in non-aversive training methods so choke collars, prong (pinch) collars or shock (e-collars) collars are never used. We believe you never have to hurt a dog to train them.

The Learning Dog Training & Enrichment Center also offers one day training classes, seminars, playdates, cat behavior, bite prevention seminars at vet offices,  and fun pet events. And stop in to check out our retail area offering hard-to-find training tools and unique pet products.  Online retail area coming soon!

Katie and Jenny first met with SCORE in June 2012. They were looking for guidance in increasing sales for this new entity over several visits we discussed concepts especially calls to former clients telling them about new classes.

We also spent time reviewing certain expenses that seemed to be high compared to the sales volume the company was doing. The overall goal was for each partner to get $25000 per year. We suggested instead of paying trainers 30%, that they take that amount when they do the training. Also promoting their business through workshops etc. sales are up 78% in 2013 over 2011. 14% in 2013 over 2012. Printing, office supplies and payroll are now better managed.

2014 sales are up 16% for the first 4 months.

These 2 young ladies have done an excellent job in managing the business and take to heart advice and suggestions given to them!

Trendy Trousseau, LLC

"The past two year's yearly and monthly goals were researched and discussed to adequately advise and help me understand what to expect in the second half of 2013. The year was a huge success! The goals discussed and planned were almost dead on to what Trendy accomplished for the second half of 2013. 2014 is following suit by growing each month as planned and predicted. Trendy;s stylist program has expanded to four stylists and a second location has been added to the Canfield, Ohio area. I felt so blessed to have been able to work with such a great panel of men that helped me reach my goals and make my dream into a reality. I hope and pray that Trendy will keep growing in many different pathways and I will always thank SCORE for helping me have these opportunities."

Summer Wise
My Location
4040 East State Street
Hermitage PA 16148
United States
Year Company Formed
My Successes



How SCORE Helped

Trendy Trousseau was a small clothing business already established but at a cross roads of growth. It had sustained and maintained at a small level but needed to be nurtured to achieve the next level of success. Trendy always had a business plan and mission in place but needed guidance to understand the necessary steps to grow. SCORE helped Trendy put all the necessary steps in place to help in the growing process. This consisted of calculating monthly goals, purchasing of inventory and amounts of inventory to purchase to sustain seasonal goals.


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STARTUP From journalist to entrepreneur

Tue, 2014-09-16 14:59

Not too long ago, Cheryl Tan had been covering Hampton Roads businesses in her role as a television anchor and reporter.

These days, she's advising them in her role as an entrepreneur.

Tan closed the book on her TV journalism career on May 30 and officially began Cheryl Tan Media LLC the next day. The shift has brought its challenges, but she has yet to be deterred from her goal of helping small business owners enhance their marketability.

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