SCORE in the News

10 Tips for Boomers to Become Entrepreneurs - Andrea Coombes

Mon, 2013-01-14 09:49

Nancy Strojny, chairwoman of the Portland, Maine, chapter of SCORE, shares tips for achieving success as an entrepreneur starting out later in life.

Find people who can act as advisers. “Someone who will tell you the truth—not what you want to hear,” said Strojny.  People are “so in love with their idea” that they’re often blind to the facts, she said. An advisory team can offer a sense of perspective and reality.


Truck Stop’s Owner Wins Grant for Face Lift - Meghan Schiller

Fri, 2013-01-11 10:01

J.D.'s Truck Stop has provided rest for weary travelers along US31 and I-80/90 East, since the 1970's. The owner of the popular spot was surprised to learn she won a grant to help give the place a much needed facelift.

Masten has been working with a local non-profit called "Michiana SCORE" for the past year.  The non-profit assigned Masten a mentor to help her bring the struggling truck stop back to life.


At 72, A New Recipe for Success - Matthew Ferreira

Fri, 2013-01-11 09:49

While many 72-year-olds are either in retirement or beginning to think about wrapping up their life's work, Middleboro resident and recent small business grant recipient Joe Gulino is starting a new chapter of his. With a new cookbook "Let's Eat with Joe Gulino" for sale and a second book waiting to be published, the former hairdresser continues to keep his plate full.


Yo Ho Ho and a Barrel of Rum: North Hampton Startup Making Drink the Old-Fashioned Way - Katie Fiegenbaum

Tue, 2013-01-08 10:36

Yo Ho Ho and a Barrel of Rum: North Hampton Startup Making Drink the Old-Fashioned Way

Starting a business brewing artisan rum in an industrial park in North Hampton with little previous experience may sound like a crazy idea. However, Heather Hughes started her own microdistillery, Sea Hagg Distillery, in North Hampton a little over six months ago and business is still going strong.

Mobile is New Mindset in 2013

Fri, 2013-01-04 11:34

For 2013, one thing is certain, says Hal Finkelstein, South Palm Beach SCORE chairman. "Everybody that expects to keep up with the business world has to be mobile, including the mom and pops, which make up 70 percent of Florida businesses," said Finkelstein.

"Small businesses right now are focusing more on sales than fiscal cliffs or health care," says Finkelstein. "Sales are the blood of a company and if you don't have sales, you don't have a business."

Pizza-flavored Healthy Candy Invented by Doctor Being Made in Philadelphia - Kelly Roncace

Fri, 2013-01-04 09:25

Approximately two years ago, Dr. Rita DiCarlo, now of Palm Desert, Calif., who has a doctorate degree in chiropractic medicine and is also an RN, was inspired to create something that’s fun to eat for those who have a restricted diet.  “I was sitting there thinking about all the patients who want to eat pizza and can’t,” she said. “I thought, there has to be a substitute or a way to make something.”

Preparing For Life’s Second Act - James A. Fitts and John Weeks

Thu, 2013-01-03 12:42

It’s a situation that every family business owner will eventually face: What will I do when I no longer own and run my business?

Becoming a mentor, angel investor, SCORE volunteer, board member, or advisor to another business can provide new meaning to a person whose life was previously defined by their business accomplishments.



SCORE CEO Ken Yancey on Biz Talk with Josh Smith

Thu, 2013-01-03 11:14

This morning, SCORE CEO Ken Yancey was a featured guest on the radio show, Biz Talk with Josh Smith.  Alongside Giovanni Coratolo of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Jean Card of NFIB, Ken Yancey reviews the past year and its effects on small businesses in the U.S.



Footloose: Entrepreneur dances to success

Thu, 2012-12-27 16:07

When Evelyn Squires launched her dance studio five years ago in partnership with her mother-in-law, Heather Squires, she made one crucial, yet common, misstep.  She focused too much on the passion, and not enough on the business basics. “I was a dancer,” Evelyn Squires tells Coffee Talk. “I thought as long as I offered dance lessons, the studio would thrive.”

But the studio, after five years of trial and error, in addition to significant assistance from nonprofit business counseling service Manasota SCORE, is now flourishing.


Tails Wag at Indoor Doggie Park - Kim Kalunian

Fri, 2012-12-21 09:13

Bow Chika Wow Town, which inhabits an 8,700-square foot former factory and garage on Pavilion Avenue, was the brainchild of Alisa Paykos-Theurer.  Paykos-Theurer moved back to the States from Japan in 2010 with her husband, Mark, who’s in the Navy. It was then that she began wondering why she couldn’t find an indoor facility to take her dogs and let them play; everywhere she went required enrollment in some sort of obedience or agility class.  So, after searching and coming up empty, Paykos-Theurer decided to take matters into her own hands.

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