SCORE in the News

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

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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

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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.

Program Grows Business in the Latino Community

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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’

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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’

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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

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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

Date
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

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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

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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.)

WHAT IS SCORE, ANYWAY?

Fresno Co. Veteran Becomes Inaugural Recipient of National Award

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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.

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