SCORE in the News

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.

Small Business Makeover: Finding the Ticket to Smarter Marketing - Julie Landry Laviolette

Tue, 2013-06-04 11:39

The client: Complete Ticket Solutions, 5201 Anglers Ave., Suite 103, Fort Lauderdale, has 11 full-time employees and handles ticket operations for more than 150 events a year, which have included five Super Bowls, the Olympics in Greece and large local events.

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.

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