SCORE in the News

A “SCORE” for Small Business Owners

Mon, 2012-06-25 13:29

The South Metro chapter of SCORE has been helping small business owners in Minnesota to weather the recession by starting and growing their ventures.

One of the newest ways that SCORE is trying to reach out to small business owners in the community is through free, Google-sponsored seminars. The Minneapolis chapter has already hosted a handful – with great success, said Zielinski – and plans to host more in the coming months. “The seminars are well worth your time,” said Zielinski.

Entrepreneurs to Receive Advice

Mon, 2012-06-25 09:18

In a partnership between novices and professionals, 22 of Washington County’s prospective future small business owners finalized business plans with help from SCORE volunteers as part of a project for Shelley Bracken’s entrepreneurship class at Pine View High School.

Bracken felt the students needed additional business expertise and perspective during the formulation of their plans, so she contacted Paul Campbell, chairperson for the local SCORE organization, early in the semester.  After one session with the SCORE volunteers, students were elated.

SCORE Reaches for Hispanics

Mon, 2012-06-25 08:58

SCORE Naples partnered with Naples-based Media Vista Group to develop a 13-episode interactive series for Spanish-speaking business owners that will kick off in July and air on Azteca America TV on Sundays at 9 a.m.  The growth in the Hispanic population drove SCORE’s attention to focus more on the business community. The 2010 U.S. Census found roughly 26 percent of the population in Collier County is Hispanic. That comes out to about 83,000 people. In 2000, they made up roughly 19 percent of the population for an estimated 49,000 Hispanics.

Making the Most of Mentorship

Thu, 2012-06-21 08:54

Josh Linkner, Forbes contributor, discusses why mentorship is so important and beneficial for business owners and offers tips for employing it most effectively.  He also recommends finding a mentor(s) through SCORE.



Beer Trio Have Their Sights Set on Hillsboro for New Craft Brewery

Wed, 2012-06-20 08:59

Shauna Carter, Alan Taylor and Nick Roberts, the trio behind what could be Oregon's next craft brewery, are fine-tuning recipes and brewing small batches of traditional German pilsners, lagers and ales -- the precursors of beers they hope will soon hit shelves and taps throughout the Northwest. 

After a Lifetime of Moving, Nacho Mama's Owner Not Ready to Settle Down

Tue, 2012-06-19 08:45

"I feel that coming from a family of migrant workers really rooted my work ethic. My grandparents, on my mother's side, raised me and taught me about goals," Raul Cantu, owner of Nacho Mama's in Richmond, Virginia, said.

While Cantu had plenty of experience running a restaurant, he'd never owned a business before. Unsure of what to do next — and concerned about whether to take the plunge — he turned to SCORE, an organization with ties to the Small Business Administration that gives free advice to small businesses.

Sisters Carry on Shamrock Inn Tradition

Mon, 2012-06-18 08:47

Vickie Elgersma and Tama King are advancing their grandparents’ legacy with their own new business venture, Guinn Special Recipes.  The sisters have been working for more than a year to turn their sought-after family recipes into a product for the grocery shelves. Their first production batch has been completed and distribution has begun across the Hy-Vee Food Store chain.

Boynton Beach Veteran Gets Grant From Non-Profit to Boost His Business

Wed, 2012-06-13 13:20

Fred Pollino of Boynton Beach just needed a little help getting his business off the ground.  Pollino, a former Army Chief Warrant Officer and Chinook helicopter pilot accepted a $40,000 grant from non-profit, Pathway to Business Success, Inc. to grow his Better Escalator Cleaning Company.

Pollino said that while the grant capital is flattering by itself, all the help that has been provided by SCORE and Pathway is a service that he can’t put into words.

More Austinites Trying Hand at Entrepreneurship

Tue, 2012-06-12 16:13

Former Jose Cuervo tequila executive and SCORE mentor Alex Cantu shares his insight into the thriving entrepreneurial landscape of Austin, Texas.  Cantu mentored Chris Rios while starting his vegan taco truck business.

The Value of a Mentoring Program

Tue, 2012-06-12 09:30

SCORE Lancaster is certainly making waves in their local business community: through support of small businesses, SCORE mentors have helped create (and save!) new companies, jobs, and new revenue in Lancaster County. In 2011, SCORE Lancaster directly contributed to the startup of 35 new businesses, creating 75 new jobs in the community—all through mentoring.

Read on to learn more about why mentoring is important for women (and all) business owners and how to find the right mentor for you.


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