SCORE in the News

They shoot, they SCORE - Pat Kimbrough

Mon, 2013-04-22 09:33

Nancy Mahoney and Mark Snyder had an idea. It was just a question of how to make it happen.  They knew they wanted to start their own railroad business. They had experience, having each worked for a large railroad company. And they had skin in the game, putting up about $50,000 of their own cash to get the venture started. Still, they thought they might need a loan to get things off the ground.

In the summer of 2010, they stumbled upon SCORE. After visiting the SCORE office at the High Point Chamber of Commerce, the business partners were well on their way.

Helping the Little Guy - Athena Ponushis

Wed, 2013-04-17 09:49

Michelle Reid-Spitzer started to clean houses to make some extra money while she was in college. When Ms. Reed-Spitzer told her mother she wanted to clean houses, her mother told her she was crazy, reminding her daughter that she had the world’s messiest bedroom as a teenager.

Spa Owners Work Out the Kinks - Josh Hyatt

Wed, 2013-04-17 09:45

When Marcia Connelley and Terri Paradise, friends and colleagues at the Chicago office of payroll services company Paychex, first discussed starting a business together, the idea seemed like just a fantasy.

The first three years were rough. The spa opened in 2007 and grossed under $200,000 that year, forcing the owners to dig into their 401(k)s to cover living expenses. They realized they needed help and turned to the nonprofit SCORE. The advisers there helped them spot mistakes, like pouring money into ineffective ads.

Business Beat: SCORE Offers Expertise to Small Business - Bruce Krasnow

Tue, 2013-04-16 15:50

When a group of Santa Fe artists wanted to submit a proposal for a public display in South Dakota, it sought advice from SCORE Santa Fe.

When a consultant had plans to transform himself but didn’t want to lose current clients, he went to SCORE.

When an inventor had questions about product patents, she sought information from SCORE.

Delivering the Perfect Pitch - Lori Ioannou

Mon, 2013-04-15 10:33

Four years ago, Amanda Allen and Robard Williams discovered an overlooked niche in the $19 billion wedding-registry market while they were planning their own nuptials.

Amanda won $30,000 in seed money in the eight-month Baruch College & Merrill Lynch Entrepreneurship Competition. As part of it, she got free consulting support from experts at SCORE, a nonprofit mentoring organization.

Ben Van Dam: SCORE's Input Helped Boat Maker Change with Times

Wed, 2013-04-10 15:59

At Van Dam Custom Boats, the recession of the late 2000s made several things clear to us. The times had changed and we needed to change too. We needed a better marketing plan, and we needed to restructure our company management.  SCORE helped us in not only recognizing these things but also helped us in acting on them in a cost effective and efficient way.


‘Bubba’s Hover’ - Arthur Foulkes

Wed, 2013-04-10 11:20

A well-executed Internet publicity stunt is delivering loads of potential new business to a small Terre Haute company now facing skyrocketing demand for its unusual product.

Last week, Thinkmodo, a New York City-based advertising agency that specializes in creating “viral” Internet videos, released a short video of PGA golf professional, and defending Master’s champion, Bubba Watson flying around in a hovercraft designed to serve as a golf cart.

SCORE Mentors Offer Entrepreneurs a Lending Hand and Expert Advice at No Cost

Mon, 2013-04-08 10:58

Delaware Beach Life publisher Terry Plowman has come to appreciate the value of a lending hand.

In the midst of the recession, when so many Sussex County businesses were dealing with the worst economic times they had experienced, Plowman realized he needed an adviser to keep him on track.  He sought the expertise of counselors at SCORE, a national group that offers free guidance to entrepreneurs.

Prescott Business Profits from SCORE Counsel - Joyce R. Browning

Mon, 2013-04-08 10:03

With the recent years of a fluctuating economy, local businesses have been contending with keeping their businesses profitable while still providing up to date goods and services.

In downtown Prescott, Martin Anthony, the owner of Superlative Salon and Day Spa Plaza, was looking for a way to spark some new life into his business.

Encore Entrepreneurs: Big Dreams For Older Small-Business Owners - Tim Devaney and Tom Stein

Fri, 2013-04-05 09:28

Fifty is not the new 40. It’s not even the new 30. For an increasing number of Americans, 50 is the new 20, a time to decide what they want to do with the rest of their life.

Once you have identified your opportunity, here are three steps you can take to move your new venture toward success.



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