SCORE in the News

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.

Military Spouse Foundation Gives Entrepreneurs a Place to Go - April Dudash

Fri, 2013-02-01 10:10

Mary John-Williams turned to Fayetteville State University's Veterans Business Outreach Center and the SCORE mentorship program before starting her business.

John-Williams saw an opportunity in Fayetteville not long after moving there with her Army husband about three years ago. What began as a word-of-mouth business cleaning houses for fellow military spouses is now A Green Clean Environmental Inc.



Patrons Whip Up Recipe to Save Bakery - Michael C. Juliano

Fri, 2013-02-01 10:07

For almost two decades, Rick Dickinson has been providing Westporters with sweet treats from his Great Cakes bakery.

Over the past few days, however, Dickinson's customers have been treating him after learning the bakery was in financial straits and that its closing seemed imminent.

Dickinson needed $4,000 within 24 hours to save his business. And the story of how his customers rallied to rescue the business illustrates the power of both new-age social media and old-fashioned customer loyalty.


Why You Should Start the Year with a Small Business Insurance Re-evaluation - Adrienne Burke

Thu, 2013-01-31 15:35

As a small business owner, being under- or uninsured can cost you your company and land you in jail. Greg Bivona, a retired insurance industry executive who now helps entrepreneurs as a SCORE mentor, recalls a 2005 case in which a Bloomfield, Conn., trucking company owner met both those fates when one of his uninsured dump trucks caused a catastrophic accident that resulted in 5 fatalities.  Yahoo! Small Business Advisor asked Bivona for a quick insurance tutorial like one he offers small business owners in local SCORE workshops.

New Esthetics Business Launches in Portsmouth

Thu, 2013-01-31 09:37

Aviva Esthetics, the dream of owner Alisha Finneran, opened just after Thanksgiving and has bustled into the new year providing personalized skin care and hair removal treatments for local clients.

Festivities, one of New York/Connecticut's leading special event catering companies, opens two new stores at SoNo Marketplace with help from retired executives from SCORE

Wed, 2013-01-23 10:54

Festivities is thrilled to announce the opening of two new stores at the SoNo Marketplace. 

Life of Back Pain Inspires Hanover Man's Invention - Brittany Wilson

Tue, 2013-01-22 09:54

John Rutty, 80, of Hanover has a long history of back problems.  In 2002, he built the first prototype of the Backjack, a lightweight, portable device that helps alleviate back pain and discomfort. The device can be strapped to a car seat or office chair and looks similar to a padded chair back with arm rests and an adjustable lumbar support made from memory foam. 

Jaimi Ellison, Owner of Santa Cruz Core Fitness, Named Woman Entrepreneur of the Year - Jondi Gumz

Fri, 2013-01-18 09:56

Three and a half years of hard work is paying off for personal trainer Jaimi Ellison, with the U.S. Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship naming her its 2013 Woman Entrepreneur of the Year.  Ellison, 30, owner of Santa Cruz Core Fitness, was nominated by Jack Zahorsky, a business consultant who volunteers with Santa Cruz SCORE counseling startups.

Square One Rental Kitchen Serves Restaurants, Cooking Buffs - Paul Flessland

Wed, 2013-01-16 09:24

Casey Steele once rented space in a commercial kitchen to bake cakes for weddings and special occasions.  She opened Square One Rental Kitchen & Event Center last week to provide cooking enthusiasts and organizations with the equipment they require to meet their cooking needs.

Steele turned her business dream into a reality with the help of Jim Stenerson, a mentor from SCORE.



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