SCORE in the News

Businesses Can Pitch Ideas for Cash, Services

Mon, 2014-04-14 14:48

Entrepreneurs with a unique idea to sell can indulge their fantasies of winning over the judges next month, as Orlando gets its own, local version of the pitch show "Shark Tank."

SCORE Orlando, a non-profit group that provides free business mentoring services to Central Florida companies, is hosting its first-ever "Pitch Fest." The event will pit Orlando's best business ideas against each other in a competition for cash and services.

Mentoring Monday: Three Questions with Mentor Heather Tangora

Mon, 2014-04-07 11:14

Heather Tangora found a way to schedule work and play early in her career.

Tangora is the president at Tangora Technologies in Delmar, N.Y. In addition to her work with the heating, cooling and entertainment technology company, Tangora is a mother of two teenagers, an avid skier and a European traveler.

"A mentor helped me realize that it's important to carve out time in my schedule to balance my professional and personal life," Tangora said. "You've got to take that time to take care of yourself."

SCORE: Resources Transition Veterans into Entrepreneurs

Sun, 2014-04-06 11:02

Question: I’m a retired veteran, but am certainly not ready for the rest home. I would like to open my own small business using the skills I acquired during my military career, but I’m not certain how best to proceed. Can SCORE offer some guidelines?

Dance School Owner Took Right Steps

Fri, 2014-04-04 10:55

It was 1978 and 22-year-old Valerie Gooding, an administrative clerk by day and professional dance instructor by night, knew it was time to move with the tempo of her class of ballet, tap, jazz and musical theater students and open the doors to her dream.

So, the Philadelphian, who has lived in Delaware since 1973 and now Newark, did just that.

From the Ground Up, Janska Builds Dignified Clothing

Thu, 2014-04-03 10:46

Business has always been good for Jan Erickson and Jon Thomas, owners of Janska Clothing that Comforts.

In business since 2003, Janska staff envision, design, cut, sew and sell clothing like jackets, socks, hats, scarves and more.

Erickson’s and Thomas’ knowledge of business has grown in time with the bottom line, they said recently.

Why Small Business Finds It Hard to Borrow from Banks

Wed, 2014-04-09 10:42

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- A small-business owner faces two daunting challenges: The first is securing the financing needed to open his enterprise. The second is ensuring he maintains the financing needed to stay open.

“Startups are the hardest to finance,” says Steve A. Spencer, president of the Youngstown chapter of Score, formerly the Service Corps of Retired Executives. Spencer should know. He’s the former president of three commercial banks.

From Miami Herald: Small Business makeover: Air Quality Control Environmental in Coral Springs

Sun, 2014-04-06 02:55

Special to the Miami Herald

​ In 1991, two weeks after Al Dexter moved his wife and four kids to South Florida, he was laid off from his job. So Dexter, then 49, started working with a man cleaning air ducts — not for pay, but to learn the business. A couple of months later, Dexter saw an opportunity: The man was moving back to New York. Dexter took out a loan to buy equipment and a cargo van with 400,000 miles on it, and started an air-duct cleaning business out of his garage.

When Economy Slumps, SCORE Sees More Entrepreneurs Seeking Help

Mon, 2014-03-31 12:24

March 31--The Frederick SCORE chapter was an essential factor in the starting and success of Nancy Copen's business.

Copen, owner of Annabelle Grace & Co. LLC in Walkersville, has created a line of women's sandals with vintage looks to reflect the company's name -- the first names of her two grandmothers.

"I was initially looking for someone to bounce my idea off of, get independent feedback," Copen said. "I wanted to talk to entrepreneurs who had been through the process, knew the ropes."

Kenwood Entrepreneur Nabs Award

Thu, 2014-03-27 08:56

It’s no surprise that a bowl of tomato soup and a grilled cheese sandwich is a national comfort food.

What may be surprising is that grilled cheese has created a sustainable business for entrepreneur Emily Frank, owner of C’est Cheese Food Truck Inc. of Cincinnati.

Frank, 39, of Kenwood, has been selected a SCORE Client Success for her hard work, profitability and vision to form and organize the Cincinnati Food Truck Association. Her 2-year old company was a 2012 finalist in the Bad Girl Ventures micro-lending class.

Why So Many Seniors Are Launching Businesses

Wed, 2014-03-26 14:32

When Jeffrey Nash, 60, started thinking about his retirement several years ago, he didn't like what he saw. As a salesman for Men's Wearhouse, his income went up and down, and he hadn't yet saved much for retirement. In addition, he was struggling to pay off a mortgage at risk for default.

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