SCORE in the News

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

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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.”

Kitchen Incubators are Popping Up to Help New Food-preneurs

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Mon, 2014-03-03 11:06

Clara Botero, a self-proclaimed health foodie, has been baking for others since she was a child. So when she needed extra income after a divorce, she began looking for shared commercial kitchen space for her burgeoning company, Dulce Bean.

Two months ago she found it in a nondescript former restaurant in North Miami Beach, where she whips ups gluten-free products like Organic Wheat and Gluten Free Chocolate Ganache Peanut Butter Cake and Dark Chocolate Almond Thins to sell online and to local coffee shops and health food stores.

From Our Community: Rules for Customer Service and More

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Sat, 2014-03-01 10:53

In our community news and information roundup, we collect small business sources from across the Web. Here are some important links from the sites we’ve been following this week.

Have Clear Rules for Customer Service (Click Click)

Bounce Down Under Owners Honored

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Tue, 2014-02-25 15:12

Chris and Jennifer Mannering ditched their day jobs to get their indoor children's party-and-play business up and running last spring.

On Monday, Manasota SCORE honored the owners of Bounce Down Under as its Clients of the Year, a highlight of the group's awards luncheon.

The local group — composed almost completely of volunteers with business experience — ended 2013 with 300 active clients.

U.S. Senator Jim Risch Wants More Money For SCORE

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Tue, 2014-02-25 15:07

U.S. Sen. Jim Risch (R-Idaho) has proposed boosting the coffers of the SCORE Program run by the Small Business Administration. To offset the proposed increase in revenue that would go to SCORE, Risch proposes dropping the Program for Investment in Micro-Entrepreneurs (PRIME), also run by the SBA. In a statement announcing his proposal, Risch said:

Senior Entrepreneurship

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Wed, 2014-02-12 10:07

Two Senate committees held a hearing on the growing trend of older Americans starting their own businesses. Witnesses testified on ways to reduce barriers for senior-citizen entrepreneurs and outlined various initiatives to assist new business owners. Other topics included creating access to training and capital for senior business owners, the impact of the Affordable Care Act on senior entrepreneurs, and their impact on the overall economy.

Senior Entrepreneurship

Date
Wed, 2014-02-12 10:07

Two Senate committees held a hearing on the growing trend of older Americans starting their own businesses. Witnesses testified on ways to reduce barriers for senior-citizen entrepreneurs and outlined various initiatives to assist new business owners. Other topics included creating access to training and capital for senior business owners, the impact of the Affordable Care Act on senior entrepreneurs, and their impact on the overall economy.

Web's Radio Newark Gets FCC FM License

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Mon, 2014-02-24 11:26

Nothing's free in life, but Stephen Worden has discovered there are a lot of people, and organizations, who are willing to provide their broadcast content at no cost.

From his Newark basement, his Radio Newark brings science, technology, international news and other brainy podcasts and broadcasts together, sending them over the Internet and around the world. More than 100,000 people listen every month to Radio Newark, he said.

Decide Whether to Make Your Hobby Into a Business

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Mon, 2014-02-24 09:53

Maine is a place that seems to bring out creativity in people. It's brimming with artisans, inventors and culinary creators who dabble in ventures at all levels. For many, it's the genesis of a burgeoning small business; for others, it's destined to remain a hobby. How do you know when it's time to make the leap from an enjoyable pastime to a professional pursuit? Taking a close look at the key drivers for long-term success and asking yourself the difficult questions are the first steps in making a rational, objective decision.

In SCORE Program, Inmates Gain Business Skills

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Sat, 2014-02-22 11:38

SALISBURY — Starting a new life and finding employment after serving time in jail isn’t easy, but a group of volunteers from the Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) are helping inmates transition out of incarceration understand that their options could include starting a new business, if they so desire.

According to Jim Higgins, the clinical director of the Essex County Community Correction Center, SCORE mentors have been helping the inmates know their options for a few years, and their efforts are very well received.

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