Women Entrepreneurs

BUSINESS PEOPLE: Liberty Tax Receives Natl. Recognition

Date
Tue, 2014-08-12 13:06

Liberty Tax, Cincinnati was named this year's recipient of the Outstanding Franchise Small Business Award given by The SCORE Foundation.

SCORE, mentors to America's small business, serves over 350,000 clients annually and will honor their most successful clients at The SCORE Foundation's 6th Annual SCORE Awards Gala on Thursday, August 14th in Washington, DC. Liberty Tax, Cincinnati will be recognized for demonstrating unique vision, innovation and achievement as an outstanding franchise small business.

LulyBoo Wins SCORE Award for Outstanding Innovative Small Business

Date
Thu, 2014-08-14 12:40

LulyBoo, a progressive baby product brand focused on creating inventive solutions for parents on the go, has won the 2014 SCORE Outstanding Innovative Small Business Award. SCORE, a non-profit association dedicated to helping small businesses grow, recognized LulyBoo for its high-quality products and commitment to innovation.

'Say Yes to Her Dress': New Mentor store strives to serve as mutually beneficial endeavor

Date
Tue, 2014-08-12 12:04

Mothers who’ve shelled out big bucks to buy the gown of their daughters’ dreams might be heard shouting “Yes!” when learning of a new shop aptly named “Say Yes to Her Dress.”

The consignment store, which sells gently worn formal dresses at a fraction of their original cost, is set to open Aug. 15 at 7488 Mentor Ave. in Mentor.

Wellness & Workout, LLC

Owner/Founder
Julie Bruker
My Location
Land O'Lakes FL 34639
United States
Employees
1
Year Company Formed
2008
My Successes

More details about our services may be found at workoutwithjulie.com.  Tampa Bay Times recently featured our business as Traveling trainer brings fitness to clients in Pasco and beyond.

How SCORE Helped

Since meeting with my SCORE mentor, Ned Dietz, and implementing his ideas, I have increased my business by gaining new clients, thus increasing income.

This is a check list of the steps involved in starting a nonprofit in Michigan. Other documents that will be helpful are "Starting a Tax Exempt Non-Profit in Michigan" and "Planning Tools for Non-Profit Organizations".  Both of these documents are available on this site.

This 14 page booklet provides specific information about starting a Non-Profit in Michigan.  It is produced by the Non-Profit Association of Michigan.

This is a very helpful booklet for entrepreneurs who are trying to start a non-profit or who are involved in the operation of a non-profit.

This booklet will help you develop a plan for your business. 

LulyBoo's Success Story

A few years ago, Pazit Ben-Ezri realized her second baby, Ronnie, had a hard time sleeping anywhere that wasn’t his bed at home. Like many mothers, Pazit found juggling the busy schedule of her 4 year-old and making sure her second baby was comfortable enough to sleep anywhere to be challenging.

One night, Pazit woke up with an idea to create something like Ronnie’s bed that was portable. She made a prototype. People saw it and loved it. Pazit wanted to help other moms. A friend told her about a SCORE workshop and they attended together. After meeting SCORE mentors at the workshop, Pazit called the next day to a schedule appointment and was matched with Santa Ana SCORE mentor Bob Godlasky. LulyBoo would soon be just the lullaby Pazit needed for small business success. 

View her product at LulyBoo.com.

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Owner/Founder
Pazit Ben-Ezri
My Location
Irvine CA
United States
My Successes

In 2010 Pazit won 1st place at the Irvine Forum Entrepreneurial Business Competition in which she was awarded a cash prize of $10,000. 

“Working with my SCORE mentor Bob was when my business started to grow. When I talked to Bob about advertising, he helped me contact another SCORE mentor, Tom Patty. Tom and I sat together brainstorming ‘what’s really going to get attention?’ Tom helped me write script, find a musician, and find a videographer to create a video entry for a local contest with the Irvine Entrepreneur Forum. With SCORE’s help I won the $10,000 prize!”

LulyBoo became profitable in 2013. The company has also succeeded as a product supplier for many baby boutiques and the products can be found at over 300 Babies “R” Us stores and online, amazon.com, 100 buybuy BABY stores and 300+ Burlington Coat Factory Stores. 

LulyBoo was also recognized by SCORE as the 2014 Outstanding Innovative Small Business.

What's Great About My Mentor?

Pazit says she feels she has the best SCORE mentor helping her with her growing business. 

“(Bob) is one of the most amazing people. I could talk about him forever. You can see that he loves what he’s doing. He enjoys sharing info. He brings professionalism to all our conversations. I feel so comfortable asking any questions. It’s given me the desire to do the same thing and become a SCORE mentor.”

How SCORE Helped

Once the LulyBoo product was created, Pazit's mentor, Bob Godlasky helped the new business owner with: developing startup strategies, marketing, financing, accounting, insurance, sales pitches, operations, social media strategies and trademark/patent decisions.

“SCORE, I feel, has the best people in the industry. I feel like I have the best people for every category of my business - FOR FREE! They are all part of LulyBoo, my life and my business. I’m never alone. For every issue, I have someone there to support me give me advice. I never feel like they are too busy for me. When people ask me what’s the catch they don’t actually believe it exists, but it does!”

- Pazit Ben-Ezri
  
Founder and President​, LulyBoo

 

Basha

In late 2010 I began to take steps to open a social enterprise which would provide dignified work to women at risk and survivors of trafficking in Bangladesh. I had little to no business experience so I was starting from scratch. A friend in Ohio, who was also staring a business, told me about SCORE.   Initially I downloaded some of the templates such as the Business Plan. I then requested local mentors.

Owner/Founder
Robin Seyfert
My Location
Salem OR
United States
Employees
50
Year Company Formed
2011
My Successes

Basha Enterprises Ltd. opened it's doors for production in Mirpur 1, Bangladesh, in May 2011, employing 15 women. We currently have two offices with plans to open a third. We employ 50 women and provide daycare for more than 40 children. We export products all over the world. We turned a small profit in 2012 with greater returns foreseeable in 2013 and 2014.

What's Great About My Mentor?

I recently met with Tim and Paula and it was exciting to be able to tell them of our success and to thank them in person for all the ways they made sure I was well prepared when I started Basha.  SCORE offers such a high calibre of service and resources, it's hard to believe it is free. I am very grateful for this help and would recommend SCORE to any one else starting a business. Having experienced people walking you through your planning stages, asking you tough questions, and helping you utilize amazing SCORE resources is invaluable and can make the difference between a business succeeding or failing.

How SCORE Helped

Tim Ream and Paula Kanarek worked closely with me to develop a business plan and to work on my financials. I found a financial projection worksheet particularly helpful to think about my budget, how much I needed to sell to stay afloat, and what type of volume and pricing was necessary to become profitable. Tim and Paula made sure I thought through potential challenges and ethical issues along the way.

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