SCORE in the News

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

Date
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

Date
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

Date
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

Date
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

Date
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

Date
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

Date
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."

 

Ask the Experts: To Stay in Business, Avoid These Pitfalls - Virginia Bridges

Date
Tue, 2013-05-14 09:30

Shop Talk reporter Virginia Bridges reached out to David Grant, Raleigh SCORE chairman, who, with the help of other SCORE volunteers, shared the top five reasons why small businesses in the Triangle fail.

Bounce Down Under is Manasota SCORE’s May 2013 Client of the Month

Date
Tue, 2013-05-14 09:25

Manasota SCORE selected Jennifer and Chris Mannering, owners of Bounce Down Under, as the organization’s May 2013 Client of the Month.

Beginning in 2010 with a concept for a business they thought would meet an unmet need in this area, and through the assistance of SCORE workshops and mentors, the Mannerings opened Bounce Down Under at 935 N. Beneva Road, Sarasota, on April 13, 2013.

How I Got Started, with Rob and Zoe Benzinger

Date
Mon, 2013-05-13 10:41

"We manufacture botanical skin care products including Shave With Benefits, with an all-natural foam that makes the razor perform better and last longer.

When was it founded? 2010

The idea came from my own need. It was born of necessity. I used to cut myself whenever I shaved, I got redness and irritation from the shaving foam and I had ingrown hairs covering my neck. It goes back to the late 1990s, I was in my late 40s when the ingrown hair issue became much worse than it ever had been. That’s what pushed me over.

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