SCORE in the News

Over 50, Female and Starting a Business: 6 Essentials to Consider

Wed, 2013-07-10 10:52

Are you a woman nearing retirement, but thinking about starting a business?

Woman-owned businesses are a critical part of the U.S. economy, numbering 7.8 million according to the latest Census data, and growing at twice the rate of men-owned businesses. For women over the age of 50, small business ownership affords many benefits – additional income, a flexible lifestyle and that unbeatable feeling that comes with being your own boss.

4 Must-Have Tech Tools for Boomers - Andrea Coombes

Tue, 2013-07-09 15:53

You’ve got a smartphone, tablet and active Twitter account? This story is not for you. But if you’re a boomer job seeker or someone who just wants to stay connected to their career—and you’re feeling just a twinge of tech fear or uncertainty—read on.

A smartphone helps you learn technology, said Nancy Strojny, chairwoman of the Portland, Maine, chapter of SCORE, a nonprofit that offers free mentoring to aspiring business owners.

Business Experts Offer Post-Sandy Advice - Ryan Parmer

Mon, 2013-07-08 13:56

SCORE hosted a roundtable discussion, offering advice for small business owners in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.  Members say their main goal is to help bring tourists back to the area.

The group is made up of business experts, who volunteer from as far away as California.  SCORE has more than 13,000 volunteers nationwide.

Tutoring Company Learns How to Grow - Jenny Staletovich

Mon, 2013-07-01 15:00

• The Business: Gables Tutoring,, 1880 S. Red Rd. in Miami, started by a public high school teacher to help students after school with college entrance test prep and individual subjects.

• The Expert: Carlos Blanco, a former sales and marketing executive, founder of Aftermath and ERTexting and a volunteer counselor with SCORE Miami-Dade.

Help Wanted! How to Find a Mentor to Help You Drive Your Business - Fran Tarkenton

Mon, 2013-07-01 10:05

In this article and webcast for the June 29 Success Saturday event, Fran Tarkenton met with Mark Dobosz, President of the SCORE Foundation, at National Small Business Week in Washington, D.C. At an event focused on celebrating entrepreneurs and giving them the best chance to succeed, Fran and Mark discussed one of the best things a small business owner can do to improve his or her chance of succeeding: mentorship.

SCORE Helps Novices Start, Improve Small Businesses - Jill Thurston

Thu, 2013-06-27 10:05

Giving a twist to the adage, "you can't teach an old dog new tricks," SCORE has as its motto: "We teach new dogs old tricks."

The "old tricks" come from seasoned business people, mainly retirees, who volunteer to offer their expertise to the next generation.

Entrepreneurial Ally - Stephanie Harris-Holley

Thu, 2013-06-27 09:59

Turning your passion into a business is a fantastic endeavor, but it also includes a great deal of work and risk. Charlotte entrepreneurs don’t have to take the journey all alone. SCORE, a national nonprofit organization, offers numerous resources to support entrepreneurs.

Job losses that occurred during the recession spurred many into action as entrepreneurs. Davida Jackson is one of the many  who suffered a job loss. She had experience in the communications field, but after her job loss, she didn’t take the often-traveled path toward public relations.

Answers to All Your Questions About Web-Video Traffic - David Wolinsky

Mon, 2013-06-24 16:20

Lord bless SCORE and its small business success blog. If you’re unfamiliar, SCORE describes itself as a “a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship.”

Local Businesses SCORE Help - Samantha Sadlier

Fri, 2013-06-14 11:06

During the recession, Sunset Framers owners Michael and Debbie Foot knew they needed to change some of their business plan to increase profits.

Although they had been in business for more than a decade, times were changing. Michael Foot said their marketing approach was in need of a reset in order to reach more customers.

That is when the two knew they needed to contact SCORE, a non-profit organization available to provide assistance to new and existing businesses, Foot said.

Are Criminal Background Checks Illegal? - Gabrielle Karol

Fri, 2013-06-14 09:33

Can employers get in trouble for using criminal background checks in the hiring process? Technically, yes.

SCORE spokesman Raj Tumber says background checks are crucial both for the protection of the employer and for the safety of other employees working at a business.

“Legal issues can sometimes backfire for the company,” when hiring an employee with prior criminal convictions, says Tumber.

He says small businesses should follow guidelines of the Fair Credit Reporting Act, to ensure all checks are legal.

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