SCORE in the News

Love of the Kitchen Keeps Myrtle Beach Area Chef Going - Jennifer Lombardi

Tue, 2013-02-19 10:05

“I always gave 100 percent no matter where I worked. For so many years I did it for everyone else, and I decided I was going to do it for myself,” said Stephens.

With the help of her family, SCORE, her accountant Darryl Vick, and a lot of prayer, she found a way to make her new dream a reality.



Historical Society Sees Changes in New Year

Wed, 2013-02-13 09:58

The Dorchester County Historical Society has spent the last year and a half growing exhibits, initiating new events, revamping their Museum Shop and improving their offerings. Reorganization from the inside has also been approached with the help of a new board of trustees, the appointment of an executive director and the recommendations of SCORE advisors Fred Smyth and George Howie.

Milepost 111 Earns Nod As 2012's 'Best' - Nevonne McDaniels

Tue, 2013-02-12 09:38

Fourth-generation Cashmere native Melissa McClendon returned home in 2010 planning to open a winery.  Once here she realized the Wenatchee Valley already had a bountiful crop of fermented grape purveyors, so she adapted her business model, opting instead to put her fermentation skills to use by establishing a brewery and adding a restaurant to the mix.

10 Business Startup Tips From Shop Local Maven - Linda Hersey

Mon, 2013-02-11 10:38

Ester Venouziou is an accidental business owner. The viral popularity of her "buy local" Facebook page convinced Venouziou to turn Local Shops1 into a business.

Ever the small business advocate, Venouziou is quick to share lessons learned in starting and running a successful startup.



New Ways to Access Capital in 2013

Thu, 2013-02-07 09:40

Entrepreneurs and small business owners trying to obtain a conventional loan from a bank can find the process arduous, if not nearly impossible. It’s no secret: banks have become more restricting when it comes to lending after enduring huge losses from the economic downturn of recent years.

Raj Tumber, a SCORE Las Vegas mentor, debunks the myths surrounding small business financing and offers alternative options to consider.


Alzheimer’s Disease Kits Draw Kudos for Nurse - Brenda Showalter

Wed, 2013-02-06 13:22

Bonnie Shehan, a nurse who has worked in health facilities in the Bartholomew and Johnson County areas for more than 20 years, is being honored for creating a kit that helps families who care for relatives with Alzheimer’s disease.

Shehan worked with SCORE volunteers Bob Nelson and Fred Nerz from the Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce office.  Nelson said he and Nerz met with Shehan many times in the past year as they listened to her initial business idea and helped her refine the plan.


Getting the SCORE on Your Business - Mary Ann Milbourn

Mon, 2013-02-04 09:39

When marketing guru Tom Patty asked Jon and Gila Kurtz what their business was about, the owners of Dog Is Good had a ready response: “Dog stuff.”

Wrong answer – and one that derails many young businesses, said Patty, one of 100 local experts who mentor up-and-coming entrepreneurs as part of SCORE's program for small businesses.

A Novel Time Making Michiana Smarter - James Summers

Mon, 2013-02-04 09:37

Michiana is becoming a hot bed of innovative new businesses. One of the hottest segments for new business is education. A Novel Time, LLC is an exciting new business that taps into what INC magazine noted as one of the best industries for starting a new business … education technology.

Joanna Azar is a South Bend native who worked with Michiana SCORE for help on starting her business.


STARTUP She Sticks to Her Knitting - Susan Smigielski Acker

Fri, 2013-02-01 15:54

When family and friends would see the amount of yarn stored in Roz Klein's extra bedroom, their response was always the same, "You should open a yarn store."  After 35 years as an educator, retiring as director at Norfolk Collegiate's Middle School in June, Klein opened Baa Baa Sheep in Norfolk's Ghent neighborhood in August.

Klein received help with the business side of her store from her brother-in-law, Carlisle Wroton, who was active in the Hampton Roads Chapter of SCORE.


Cloak and Dagger Meets Chocolate and Peanut Butter - Aleksander Hewitt

Fri, 2013-02-01 11:53

Delivering home-baked cookies that leave you guilt-free, Undercover Cookies is run by three health-conscious yoga instructors. Valerie Mantzoros, Cindy Toda, and Eva Klembarova all work at the Bikram hot yoga studio on Higuera Street in San Luis Obispo where they came up with the idea to create healthy alternative cookies.

They took their cookie company idea to the SLO chapter of SCORE, which is a nonprofit association dedicated to entrepreneur education.

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