SCORE in the News

How small businesses can make use of SCORE

Date
Mon, 2014-09-08 13:13

Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, SCORE has grown from one small Minneapolis office in 1964 to a national organization that boasts more than 320 chapters, attracting 12,000 volunteers annually.

SCORE celebrates 50 years in Minnesota

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Fri, 2014-08-29 18:11
In the beginning, Holly Jo Anderson wasn’t altogether sure about starting her own company. “My whole family had businesses,” she says. “I saw how much they work, and it was just not something I wanted to do.”
 

Recent Honor Given to Dave Philo of the Mississippi Gulf Coast SCORE Chapter

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Wed, 2014-07-30 13:30

On July 30, 2014, SBA’s Mississippi District Office and the Gulfport SCORE Chapter honored John “Dave” Philo, SCORE mentor and current Chair of the Mississippi Gulf Coast SCORE Chapter with a Certificate of Recognition and Appreciation and a Lifetime Achievement award for his service and dedication to counseling small business entrepreneurs.  

Small Business Makeover: Bullseye Powder Coating

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Sat, 2014-08-16 13:51

Antonio “Tony” Balestena loved checking out flashy rides at car shows. He became interested in powder-coating work, which preserves and color-coats specialty metal items like car rims and yacht parts.

Balestena learned the ins and outs of the trade with a friend’s business, Bullseye Powder Coating in Homestead. In 2012, he struck out on his own, paying $50,000 for the naming rights to Bullseye Powder Coating in Broward County, one year’s use of equipment, and training.

Mentors Are Standing

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Sun, 2014-08-03 13:49

Almost anytime Brandon Shults makes a decision about his start-up communications company he has a real-life, business version of "What would Jesus do?" behind him.

Shults has connected with many of the nation's top CEOs on LinkedIn, and following the suggestion of his SCORE mentor, asks them no more than two questions a month.

By limiting his interaction, he can tap their expertise for free, said Shults, a resident of rural Asotin County and founder of Ion Integrated Systems.

Mentors Are Standing

Date
Sun, 2014-08-03 13:49

Almost anytime Brandon Shults makes a decision about his start-up communications company he has a real-life, business version of "What would Jesus do?" behind him.

Shults has connected with many of the nation's top CEOs on LinkedIn, and following the suggestion of his SCORE mentor, asks them no more than two questions a month.

By limiting his interaction, he can tap their expertise for free, said Shults, a resident of rural Asotin County and founder of Ion Integrated Systems.

Overlooked Talent Pools—And Why You Should Tap Them

Date
Mon, 2014-08-11 13:31

Reach out to different groups to make a great hire

The shrinking American workforce has made numerous headlines over the past year, but don’t despair—instead, think broadly when hiring and recruiting to make sure you’re not leaving talent on the table. Here are four overlooked talent pools ripe for small business hiring opportunities.

Retirees

5 Tips to Keep Cash Flow Strong

Date
Mon, 2014-08-11 13:21

Michael Lewis, a former business executive and financial blogger, does not sugar coat things when he says, “owners who cannot efficiently manage their cash flow are almost certain to fail.”

Non-Profit Business Organization Helps Local Businesses Become More Profitable

Date
Wed, 2014-08-13 12:51

For the past five years, Wayne County Business Builders (WCBB) has been honing their efforts to help foster the growth of small businesses in the Wayne County area. As an affiliate of SCORE, they uphold the mission of equipping small business owners with the tools they need to drive success by providing free mentoring services and low cost educational workshops.

5 Questions You Must Ask Before Hiring a Business Coach

Date
Tue, 2014-08-12 12:18

If you've ever found yourself stuck in your business, maybe it's time to hire a business coach. Get the answers to these 5 questions to help you make the right match. If you've never used a business coach, the idea of hiring one can seem so right—and so wrong. While you might concede that everyone could benefit from sound business advice, at the same time, you may be thinking, "What am I in? Little League? I'm a grown adult. I don't need a coach."

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