SCORE in the News

Restoration Xperts in Deerfield Beach seeks to restore its own success

Mon, 2014-12-01 10:53

Ralph Pokorny has seen his share of economic downturns in his 64 years. A recession in the early 1990s led him away from other business ventures and into the damage restoration business. In 1995, Pokorny opened Restoration Xperts, Inc.

The company handles emergency restoration work after natural disasters, as well as mold remediation and structural repairs. Restoration Xperts has 10 employees in its Deerfield Beach office, and uses contract laborers as needed.

Former Jamaican journalist heads SCORE's local chapter

Mon, 2014-12-01 10:40

When I immigrated to Hagerstown from Spanish Town, Jamaica, in 2013, a 2,393-kilometer journey by air, to join my beloved wife, Jean, little did I know I would be elevated to the leadership of SCORE’s Hagerstown chapter.

Today, I am basking in the afterglow of being appointed the new chairman, the first Jamaican national to have held this position. I was handed the ceremonial gavel at a breakfast installation ceremony on Sept. 26 at the Golden Corral restaurant in Hagerstown.

Pasco entrepreneurs to compete for support in launching a business

Mon, 2014-11-24 11:21

Pasco County entrepreneurs who have hoped for help launching a business have a shot to get it.

The SMARTstart Challenge is a competition being sponsored by the West Pasco Chamber of Commerce, the Pasco Economic Development Council, the city of New Port Richey Economic Development Department and SCORE. It is inspired in part by ABC's Shark Tank.

C. Norman Beckert: Eleven tips from seven SCORE members on business

Mon, 2014-11-24 11:18

Often I have been asked what it takes to be a success in business. I contacted seven SCORE volunteers who own or have successfully operated small businesses.

The most prevalent opinion was to "Get off on the right foot." That meant doing research on the market and the competition, defining a specific market, having adequate financing to start the business and to sustain it until income catches up with expenses, and having the energy and the commitment to take the plunge.

Here are additional tips:

David R. Bobbitt Named President of The SCORE Foundation, Vice President of Development of SCORE

Mon, 2014-11-24 11:09

SCORE – - mentors to America's small businesses, announced the appointment of David R. Bobbitt as President of The SCORE Foundation and Vice President of Development of SCORE. Mr. Bobbitt, previously the Executive Director of The SCORE Foundation, will be responsible for all revenue and national partnership relationships of SCORE, including leading a team of fundraising and B2B sales professionals in this new role.

SCORE: Small business Saturday 2014

Mon, 2014-11-24 11:06

There are nearly 28 million small businesses supporting communities, local economies and families across America.

Let's think about those businesses that are in the town/city where you live — those that employ your neighbors, contribute to the local economy and are a part of the community.

SBA loans to women skyrocket nationwide

Mon, 2014-11-24 10:59

When Medina retailer Angela Waldriff decided to consolidate some debt earlier this year, she went to Five Star Bank for help.

The longtime owner of Ashlee's Place Inc. on East Center Street wound up with a federally guaranteed small-business loan for $25,000. She plans to repay it within five years.

SCORE Mentorship Aids Small Business With Big Dreams

Sun, 2014-11-23 15:16

SCORE Mentorship Aids Small Business With Big Dreams

SCORE client becomes SCORE volunteer

Wed, 2014-11-19 11:05

Juliet Kosarzycki, owner of Yellow Zone International, was a SCORE client before becoming a volunteer and mentor with the Green Bay chapter.

A former Peace Corps volunteer, Kosarzycki brought a unique array of experiences to the table.

“As I was meeting with SCORE mentors, they saw that there was something I could offer. It was an opportunity to practice the skills that I would be using in my business and give back at the same time,” Kosarzycki said.

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