SCORE in the News

SCORE Column: Client Lives Her Dream - Tina Dettman-Bielefeldt

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Fri, 2012-09-28 09:31

Not many entrepreneurs start planning their business almost a decade before doing it. But Rachel O’Leary, SCORE client and owner of Caffe Espresso in Green Bay, dreamed of business ownership long before pursuing it.  “There wasn’t a single, defining moment,” she said. “The desire built over the years and I always felt like it was something I wanted to do.”

SCORE CEO Ken Yancey is On the Air with Jim Blasingame, The Small Business Advocate.

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Wed, 2012-09-26 14:52

SCORE Matches Seasoned Executives with Entrepreneurs and Gets Results - Stephen Watson

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Mon, 2012-09-24 10:58

Ryan Francis, the owner of Bath and Bliss, reached out to SCORE's retired business executives last winter but he wasn't sure what the organization's mentors could teach him after a decade in business making organic skin-care products.

Over the past 10 months, however, SCORE mentor Steve Martin has helped Francis boost online sales and revamp the company's line of merchandise, encouraging him to eliminate scents that weren't selling and to add products in the most popular scents. Online sales are up 127 percent from March to September, Francis said.

SCORE-ing Big for Small Businesses - Lois Goldrich

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Fri, 2012-09-21 09:37

After he retired from his job as a financial specialist, Fair Lawn resident Howard Sirota, a long-time member of the Fair Lawn Jewish Center, tried playing tennis and bridge.

“It was fun,” he said, “but I wanted to give something back to the community.”

For the past 15 years, he has been doing exactly that, serving as a mentor for the Bergen County chapter of SCORE, based in Hackensack.

“When I help some people go into business, I feel very good about it,” he said.

 

Confessions of a Job Creator

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Thu, 2012-09-20 11:37

"In 2007, I invested $23,000 in a small-business start-up.  The business was an automotive repair shop that Mr. Alevei was starting...We met with a mentor from SCORE, a nonprofit association funded by the Small Business Administration to support entrepreneurship. On a completely volunteer basis, our SCORE mentor took the time read our business plan and give us feedback."

 

Non-profit Helps Veterans Launch Businesses

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Wed, 2012-09-19 13:36

"Through SCORE, I learned the process for developing a small business as well as the day-to-day realities of small business development," claims Dr. LaVerne Jackson, a U.S. military veteran who spent eight years as an Army nurse and who now understands the challenges of business ownership. "There are differences between an idea and a good business concept. Having this education and knowledge allows aspiring small business owners to be successful."

 

Why Starting a Non-Profit to Create Social Change is a Bad Idea - Rieva Lesonsky

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Mon, 2012-09-17 12:42

"Combine their penchant for creating social change with their innate entrepreneurial inclinations, and it you might expect a wave of Gen Y-owned non-profits to launch in the next few years."

Gypsum Recycler Wins Environmental Award

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Fri, 2012-09-14 14:27

USA Gypsum, a pioneer in the US wallboard recycling market, has been chosen as this year's recipient for the prestigious Outstanding Green Small Business award given by SCORE Foundation.

SCORE CEO Ken Yancey said, "SCORE applauds the efforts by USA Gypsum to run a successful small business that is environmentally conscious, recycling used wallboard to prevent landfills from overflowing.  It is small businesses like USA Gypsum that achieve success while preventing pollution and useless waste in their community."

 

SCORE Uses Volunteer Business Experts to Advise Local Entrepreneurs - Dan Dickson

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Thu, 2012-09-13 15:13

There are people who come up with new ideas for businesses all the time. Sometimes they actually get one off the ground. But then what? Do they have a solid business plan, a bookkeeping system and a way to pay for it all?  Unfortunately, many entrepreneurs don’t, and the business withers on the vine. That’s where SCORE could have helped.

USA Gypsum Receives Outstanding Green Small Business Award

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Thu, 2012-09-13 10:33

CMRA member USA Gypsum was honored as this year's recipient for Outstanding Green Small Business award given by The SCORE Foundation and sponsored by Office Depot. SCORE - www.score.org- mentors to America's small business. USA Gypsum was honored for demonstrating unique vision, innovation and achievement as an Outstanding Green Small Business.

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