SCORE in the News

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.

Are You Psychologically Immature For Business Expansion or Serial Entrepreneurship?

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Fri, 2014-02-21 09:29

Don't sweat it, we've all be there!

Senior Entrepreneurs Comprise Fastest- Growing Sector

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Thu, 2014-02-20 11:06

The Senate Special Committee on Aging held a joint hearing with the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee focusing on entrepreneurism and older Americans.

What to Expect and Not to Expect From a Business Mentor

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Sat, 2014-02-08 23:37

What Does a Business Mentor Do?

A business mentor’s particular duties can vary greatly based on each business’s individual needs. Some businesses secure mentors at the very beginning and work with them throughout many years, and others just use mentors for short-term or specific issues.

The format of these mentorships is also based on those needs and the availability of both the mentor and the business owner. In the email interview, Ken Yancey, CEO of SCORE explained:

Decals will show 'how SCORE is at work' in Hagerstown's business community

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Tue, 2014-02-04 05:34

Hagerstown’s SCORE chapter on Tuesday unveiled a window-decal program as part of its anniversary year kickoff event.

Entre-paw-neur: Pet lover fulfills dream with animal care center in Throop

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Fri, 2014-01-31 22:32

THROOP | Bonnie Ford has had family pets her whole life. Now, the motto of her business is to treat her clients' pets like her own.

Ford is the owner and operator of Paws n' Purrs Pet Care on Turnpike Road in Throop. Opened in 2013, the facility is dedicated to sheltering and taking care of dogs and cats while their owners are away.

The local has always loved pets, so when the opportunity came to open her own care center, she seized it. For Ford, it's a dream come true.

Art Mattox- Work It, Richmond

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Tue, 2014-01-28 02:00

Tell us the basics: Who are you, what’s your company’s name and how long have you been at this company?

I am Art Mattox and I am a volunteer mentor with SCORE. I have been a part-time mentor with SCORE for about four years and have worked with over 100 entrepreneurs and small businesses over that time – some clients have continued with me for a couple of years.

What sort of large companies did you work for as an executive?

Why Don't More Small Businesses Get SBA Help Selling Abroad?

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Mon, 2014-01-27 23:26

Small business exporting has gotten plenty of attention since President Obama set the goal of doubling U.S. foreign sales in his 2010 State of the Union address. Despite the interest in helping more small companies sell abroad, only a small share of such businesses actually export, according to a report last week (PDF) from the Congressional Research Service.

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