SCORE in the News

Rise Above - Mark Gordon

Fri, 2013-03-15 12:07

Many in the nationwide network of SCORE Association volunteers, more than 12,000 retired business leaders, like to boast about the long history of companies they helped start and jobs they helped create.

That success, including 20,000 new businesses counseled annually since 1964, doesn’t only stem from helping would-be entrepreneurs with what to do. The group’s volunteers, says CEO W. Kenneth Yancey, also excels at helping clients with what not to do.

Applications2U, Pittsburgh-Based Cloud Hosting Provider, Turns 10 - Jonathan Kersting

Fri, 2013-03-15 09:54

One of the fastest growing cloud hosting providers in the Pittsburgh region, Applications2U, celebrates its 10-year anniversary this year.

“I remember starting Applications2U on a cold winter day in 2003 on Liberty Avenue. No one was using the term ‘cloud computing’ but we knew companies needed a better way to keep their data secure while receiving support and a high level of availability to manage computer files and applications,” Dan Dillman, Applications2U President and CEO, said.

Succession: Selling a Bookstore - Judith Rosen

Fri, 2013-03-15 09:47

The New England Independent Booksellers Association couldn’t have chosen better timing for the workshop on “Planning Your Bookstore’s Next Chapter,” just one day after nine-year-old Porter Square Books in Cambridge, Mass., announced that was putting itself up for sale.  Close to 40 booksellers attended the workshop led by Donna Paz Kaufman and Mark Kaufman of Paz & Associates at the Biltmore Hotel in Providence, R.I., on March 12.

Louisville Businessman Joins SCORE - Bill Francis

Wed, 2013-03-13 14:27

Helping small businesses to succeed in the global economy.  That's the mission of SCORE, a national nonprofit organization that works with small businesses to improve their bottom line.

One local business owner, Rob Waite, has joined the organization's national board.  "In any business you need mentors and advisors and people who can help you," says Rob Waite, vice chairman of Drexel Metals.


Vintage Surcees Offers Unique, Classic Looks and Handmade Gifts - Ettie Newlands

Mon, 2013-03-11 11:02

Surcees is a distinctly Southern word that means “wonderful surprise.”  And that’s exactly what Surcees Vintage Clothing and Handmade Gifts in Surfside Beach is.  Owner Erin Adams says the vintage clothes “have lived and loved” and now need to be passed on to the next person who’ll treasure them.

Her natural gift for merchandising and marketing helps. So does the SCORE workshop she took to hone those skills.


Cabinet Company Uses Smart Strategies to Survive Recession - Rolf Boone

Mon, 2013-03-11 10:23

Ross Irwin, 65, and Trivonna Irwin, 61, owners of Cabinets by Trivonna in Lacey, are living proof that learning takes place at any age.

After opening their business on the eve of the recession, the Irwins have sought the advice of SCORE and the Small Business Development Center, both providing key advice that helped them weather the recession.

Peg’s Salt Has Savory Prospects - Kathy Johnson

Mon, 2013-03-11 10:16

Cass Cannon is an entrepreneur. She’s followed her heart—plus gone into a lot of research and training—to start her own new business, “Peg’s Salt.”

She learned about what she was getting into before jumping off the new business cliff. “A year ago I went to SCORE,” a nonprofit association of volunteer business counselors throughout the U.S. with offices in Waynesboro and Charlottesville. Then she filled out the incorporation papers online. “Doing Peg’s Salt was like a no brainer,” Cannon said.

Needles & Notions - Kathaleen Roberts

Mon, 2013-03-11 09:57

Step into the skylightflooded fiber room at Yarn & Coffee and it's nearly impossible not to pet the product.

When California transplant Deborah Grossman got laid off from her Santa Fe IT job, she knew exactly what to do. The dream of owning a yarn shop had been festering inside her for a good 10 years.

Strategic Alliance Partners

Wed, 2013-03-06 10:16

SCORE Cited As #1 FREE Small Business Counseling Resource by U.S. SBA

Tue, 2013-03-05 11:18

A recent study conducted by the U.S. Small Business Administration cites SCORE as a trusted, FREE small business resource and the organization’s reputation as the primary reason why today’s entrepreneurs seek counsel from its 13,000+ volunteer mentors every year.

The report also highlights the fact that businesses that avail themselves of counseling services early on have a greater success rate overall.


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