SCORE in the News

Why Small Business Finds It Hard to Borrow from Banks

Wed, 2014-04-09 10:42

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- A small-business owner faces two daunting challenges: The first is securing the financing needed to open his enterprise. The second is ensuring he maintains the financing needed to stay open.

“Startups are the hardest to finance,” says Steve A. Spencer, president of the Youngstown chapter of Score, formerly the Service Corps of Retired Executives. Spencer should know. He’s the former president of three commercial banks.

From Miami Herald: Small Business makeover: Air Quality Control Environmental in Coral Springs

Sun, 2014-04-06 02:55

Special to the Miami Herald

​ In 1991, two weeks after Al Dexter moved his wife and four kids to South Florida, he was laid off from his job. So Dexter, then 49, started working with a man cleaning air ducts — not for pay, but to learn the business. A couple of months later, Dexter saw an opportunity: The man was moving back to New York. Dexter took out a loan to buy equipment and a cargo van with 400,000 miles on it, and started an air-duct cleaning business out of his garage.

When Economy Slumps, SCORE Sees More Entrepreneurs Seeking Help

Mon, 2014-03-31 12:24

March 31--The Frederick SCORE chapter was an essential factor in the starting and success of Nancy Copen's business.

Copen, owner of Annabelle Grace & Co. LLC in Walkersville, has created a line of women's sandals with vintage looks to reflect the company's name -- the first names of her two grandmothers.

"I was initially looking for someone to bounce my idea off of, get independent feedback," Copen said. "I wanted to talk to entrepreneurs who had been through the process, knew the ropes."

Kenwood Entrepreneur Nabs Award

Thu, 2014-03-27 08:56

It’s no surprise that a bowl of tomato soup and a grilled cheese sandwich is a national comfort food.

What may be surprising is that grilled cheese has created a sustainable business for entrepreneur Emily Frank, owner of C’est Cheese Food Truck Inc. of Cincinnati.

Frank, 39, of Kenwood, has been selected a SCORE Client Success for her hard work, profitability and vision to form and organize the Cincinnati Food Truck Association. Her 2-year old company was a 2012 finalist in the Bad Girl Ventures micro-lending class.

Why So Many Seniors Are Launching Businesses

Wed, 2014-03-26 14:32

When Jeffrey Nash, 60, started thinking about his retirement several years ago, he didn't like what he saw. As a salesman for Men's Wearhouse, his income went up and down, and he hadn't yet saved much for retirement. In addition, he was struggling to pay off a mortgage at risk for default.

Three Ways To Hone Your Entrepreneurial Skills

Wed, 2014-03-26 09:00

If you ever took an entrepreneurship course in business school, chances are you’ve heard your professor ask, “Can entrepreneurship be learned, or is it something you are born with?”

Willamette SCORE Chapter #416 Seminars

Sun, 2014-03-23 13:00


The full day Seminar that was scheduled for Wednesday, May 14, 2014 has been canceled and will be rescheduled for in the "Fall". Sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.

SCORE One for the Little Guys; Small-Business Owners Get Help from Volunteer Mentors

Sun, 2014-03-23 11:44

Small-business owners in Yuba-Sutter looking to improve their operations are in luck.

Thanks to mentors from Sacramento SCORE, a volunteer group of knowledgeable business leaders, about two-dozen locals are learning what it means to have a well-run business.

"We talk about principals and concepts that apply to any business," said Jack Mayfield, a SCORE volunteer who spoke for much of the first class.

4 Ways a Small Business Can Scale to Profitability

Tue, 2014-03-18 12:27

Downfalls like not being a profitable venture, startups shutting their doors or even bankruptcy are often caused by a lack of knowledge or a willing ignorance amongst small-business owners.

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