SCORE in the News

Downtown Retail Contest Draws 49 Applications - Kelly Johnson

Wed, 2013-05-29 12:34

Downtown Sacramento Foundation’s inaugural retail business competition received 49 applications by last Friday’s deadline. The big prize for which those applicants are vying has a value of about $135,000.

Pocasset Furniture Business Receives SCORE Award

Wed, 2013-05-29 12:30

Doug and Kristin Shearer, owners of Paine's Patio in Pocasset, were selected by the Cape Cod Canal Region Chamber of Commerce to receive a Build a Better Mousetrap Award from Cape Cod SCORE at its 20th annual awards breakfast in May.

For the past 178 years, the Shearer family has been supplying New Englanders with quality furniture. Paine's Patio newest store opened 10 years ago on MacArthur's Boulevard in Bourne.


Looking to Raise Capital? Exhaust All Your Options - Liz Elam

Wed, 2013-05-29 10:23

YoungEntrepreneur’s Ask the Expert column seeks to answer questions about everything from starting a business to growth strategies.

Q: I want to start a paper recycling business. Where do you recommend I look for capital to start on a small scale?

A: Funding is a big question for anyone starting a business, as you have a lot of decisions to make.

Entrepreneur Loves to Accessorize - Steve Trainor

Thu, 2013-05-23 15:20

It just seemed to kind of fall into place for Grace Madison.

By the age of 24, she had worked retail, been a fashion model, helped place advertising, worked in customer service at APAC, did promotions for a hip hop-rap record label (G-UNIT), earned a Scott Community College degree in business management with a marketing certificate, and scored with SCORE.

She learned a great deal from several people in the SCORE program, citing retired executive Dan Lyphout of Davenport, in particular.

Finding Your Business Mentor - Toddi Gutner

Wed, 2013-05-22 10:49

When it comes to sharing secrets to success, most prominent business professionals, from entrepreneurs like Spanx founder Sara Blakely and Twitter creator Jack Dorsey to corporate giants like Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg and Xerox’s Ursula Burns, will likely mention mentors who changed the course of their careers.

Cape Cod SCORE Awards: The Drive to Thrive - Rachael Devaney

Fri, 2013-05-17 08:59

Richard Elliott-Grunes, owner of Safe Harbor Eldercare in Falmouth, said when his business opened in 2007 there was no Plan B, so "Plan A had to work." And it did.

His private home care agency has had double-digit growth for five of the last six years and he will be honored with the Small Business Owner of the Year award this morning at the 20th annual Cape Cod SCORE awards breakfast.

Turning Hobbies Into Profits, With a Little Help - Elizabeth Olson

Wed, 2013-05-15 11:57

Increasing numbers of people of retirement age or nearing it are remaking a hobby, interest or passion into a money-producing enterprise. That includes Carla Ingram of Sarona, Wis., who is using her expertise as a seamstress to develop a business in weather-resistant porch shades and Donnetta Watson of Kansas City, Mo., who is turning her love of decorating and weddings into a wedding planning service and venue.

SCORE Advises Budding Business Owners - Vicki Vaughan

Wed, 2013-05-15 10:35

Before Gabriele Hummels-Schucker took an entrepreneurial leap in March and opened her business, Schugga Bakery, she sought out advice from an outfit called SCORE.

Hummels-Schucker, a native of Germany, was determined to put her skills to work by opening a shop selling pastries from her homeland that range from a seven-layer cake to bread rolls and pretzels.

She got advice from Halbert Brown, the incoming president of SCORE's local chapter.

3 Tips for Newbie Entrepreneurs on Starting a Business - Liz Elam

Tue, 2013-05-14 15:09

"1. Write a business plan.
Some say you don’t need a business plan. I disagree. Instead, I highly recommend writing one.

When I hit some roadblocks writing my business plan, I turned to SCORE, a national organization of retired executives. Because of their experience, they were able to answer questions and help with projections. Three years later, I still utilize SCORE and reach out to them when I have issues."


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