SCORE in the News

Program Grows Business in the Latino Community

Tue, 2014-03-18 08:49

Blanca Muñoz was ready to convert the room into a mint-green paradise for 500 partygoers, but she confronted several obstacles: washing machines, assorted appliances, power tools.

She had to wait hours for all of it to be hauled away so she could drape and decorate.

"I'm tired. It's a lot of work," the Avondale businesswoman said in Spanish. "But that doesn't matter."

Leigh Reynolds: ‘Owning a Business Was as Natural as Breathing’

Fri, 2014-03-14 08:43

KENNEBUNKPORT - Leigh Reynolds was a mom with a sick daughter, and she knew she wasn’t alone. Using her decades of executive management experience – plus the scientific expertise of the very child who was ill – Reynolds decided to create a solution to the problem. The result? Gluten Free Therapeutics, a company that produces Celi·Vites, a line of scientifically formulated supplements designed specifically for individuals suffering from the debilitating effects of celiac disease or gluten intolerance.

Pamela Laskey: ‘I get Up and I’m Really Excited to Do What I Do’

Fri, 2014-03-14 08:38

When Pamela Laskey decided it was time for a “mid-life change of scenery,” she also decided she wanted to own a business. She just wasn’t sure what that business would be. Then a friend took her on an impromptu tour of his favorite eating spots in Portland and Laskey had her idea. Today, Laskey’s business, Maine Foodie Tours, operates culinary tours in Portland, Kennebunkport and Bar Harbor.

INDUSTRY SPOTLIGHT Beware of Sharks in Coaches' Clothing

Fri, 2014-03-14 08:30

Parker Geiger hadn't come dressed in a shark cage. But as he openly conversed at a casual event hosted by a friend, the need to protect himself from a natural predator emerged.

A friend of the friend had begun studying Geiger, a well-established image- and brand-development coach and CEO of Atlanta-based CHUVA Group. Had Geiger realized how hungry the guy, also a business coach, was, he might have been less chummy.

Miguel Alban Shares Knowledge of Law, Banking and Business to Help Hispanics

Fri, 2014-03-14 02:47

For Hispanics living in Chester County, obtaining basic services can sometimes be a challenge.

Statistics from the Chester County Department of Community Development paint a sobering picture:

• More than 15 percent of Hispanics in Chester County are below 100 percent of the poverty level, and nearly 40 percent are below 200 percent of the poverty level.

• More than 32 percent of Hispanics in Chester County are uninsured.

Mind Your Own Business: Planning Tips for a Smooth Start-Up

Tue, 2014-03-11 21:11

It started with a great idea: a product(s) or service(s) on which, you’re convinced, a successful entrepreneurial venture can be built. Now comes the tough part — actually planning and launching the business.

Success Stories of Equal Value

Thu, 2014-03-06 10:01

When I sat down to write a recent article for Lehigh Valley Business, titled “SCOREway to Success,” I never imagined the amount and depth of the success stories that would result from the efforts of a volunteer organization.

To show an equal appreciation and admiration for all of the stories and voices, I would like to share those that could not fit into the space limitations of the print version of my article. (The good news is I am not limited on space in my blog, thankfully.)


Fresno Co. Veteran Becomes Inaugural Recipient of National Award

Thu, 2014-03-06 09:54

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- A local disabled veteran was once told he was unemployable. So the Squaw Valley man and his wife created their own jobs -- turning his woodworking hobby into a successful engraving company. Now their efforts are receiving national attention.

An impressive Superman collection at Al Kroell's Squaw Valley home all started with a nickname: "Man of Steel." Because that's what Kroell is, after 53 surgeries.

"Due to a very bad accident when I was in the military I lost the use of both of my hands," said Kroell.

3 Ways to Overcome the Liability of Youth

Wed, 2014-03-05 11:30

Young Americans today are armed with creativity, passion and a desire to change the world. As a result, it’s no wonder they are one of the fastest growing groups becoming entrepreneurs.

Despite their drive and enthusiasm, many of these young business men and women fall victim to high rates of business failures due to their lack of experience and an attitude of indestructible naivety. Young entrepreneurs inherently face a double whammy of their age coupled with a lack of business experience.

How a Duo Turned a Food Blog Into a Niche Retail Business

Mon, 2014-03-03 11:22

It all started seven years ago with a chance meeting on Thanksgiving in an Oakland, Calif., kitchen. Yoko Kumano, who lived in Tokyo at the time, and Kayoko Akabori, who lived in New York City, decided to start a food blog together.

“I knew I wanted to upload something every day, but I didn’t want it to just be me,” recalls Akabori (pictured, right). “Having different viewpoints,” she feels, makes the content more interesting. She adds, “That’s the spirit of Umamimart.  It’s very collaborative.”

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