SCORE in the News

Boise Company Takes Victory Lap

Fri, 2012-04-27 11:18

Al Youngwerth bought a clutch to put on his children’s motorbike a few years back. But the thing was always breaking down.  So in 2002, he developed his own clutch and started a company to make it.  Rekluse Motor Sports now has 40 employees in Boise, Idaho and sells about 10,000 clutches a year that sell for $400 to $900 each.

Mom Entrepreneur and SCORE Client Michal Chesal Featured on

Thu, 2012-04-26 11:26

Michal Chesal is the co-founder and president of Baby K'tan, makers of a specially designed soft baby carrier that she created and used while raising her own 3 children.  Michal knew she was on to something great when others constantly complimented her own carrier but she and co-founder Isaac Wernick turned to SCORE for help with bringing their product to market.



6 Things That Growing Businesses Do Right

Thu, 2012-04-26 08:52

What sets growing businesses apart from their small business brothers and sisters whose revenues are flat or falling? The Guardian Life Small Business Research Institute wanted to find out so it commissioned a study to compare what owners of small firms with rising 2011 revenues did differently than their counterparts at businesses with flat or declining sales.



Hispanic Small Business Seminar Holds Graduation on November 11, 2011

Thu, 2011-11-17 22:17

The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in Partnership with the Greater Bridgeport chapter of SCORE, the SBA and the City of Bridgeport Small and Minority Business Resource Office hosted a six-week small business workshop series. The series culminated with a graduation ceremony on November 17, 2011. 

A new presentation of this series will start on April 12, 2012.

Greater Bridgeport SCORE moves Shelton Office

Wed, 2011-12-21 13:48

On December 21, 2011, Score volunteers worked hard to move their Shelton office.

Bill McLeod receives SCORE Platinum Leadership Award

Tue, 2012-04-03 13:17

Peter Stack, Connecticut Regional Chairman of SCORE (on left) presents Bill McLeod with the Platinum Leadership Award. Bill is the Workshop Chairman of the Greater Bridgeport chapter of SCORE. The award was presented at the Regional Executive meeting on April 3, 2012.

The award reads "In recognition of your outstanding leadership and meritorious services to the SCORE association."

SCORE Success Story: True Tool Innovations

Tue, 2012-04-24 08:56

Christina and Brian McKahan, founders of True Tool Innovations, opened their business in late 2008.  They realized they needed guidance in developing a formal business plan so they turned to SCORE.  Enter Charlie Pinkerton, a veteran SCORE mentor who was assigned to assist the McKahans. “Christina and Brian certainly knew the fine points of their highly-technical business,” said Pinkerton, “but all businesses need some guidance and support in areas outside their specific expertise.

Focus More on Job Creation than Unemployment Numbers

Mon, 2012-04-23 10:25

Debbie Cohen, an attorney who helps entrepreneurs at SCORE, said she has seen more people coming in who have been laid off.

“The only answer they have is to start their own business,” Cohen said. “We explore ways to get them off the ground.”


Entrepreneurs Finding Cash Before Making Money

Mon, 2012-04-23 10:17

After decades as a bakery chef and bakery school teacher, Jocelyn Lee Shoopman will launch her own business in Rancho Mirage, California this week. Banks and other lenders shied away from funding the startup.  Shoopman sought help from SCORE counselor and longtime business owner Debbie Cohen. She couldn't qualify for an SBA loan, but she learned how to tap her retirement account to get iPastries off the ground.

“I wish I'd called (SCORE) years ago,” Shoopman said.

Help For Entrepreneurs with Disabilities

Thu, 2012-04-19 09:07

People with disabilities are almost twice as likely as the general population to be self-employed. (They are also much more likely to be unemployed or underemployed.) When they plan to establish a business, people with disabilities have to confront extra challenges, such as arranging for insurance and special furniture.

Organizations like the Minority, Women and Disabled Participation Program, the Central Florida Disability Chamber of Commerce and SCORE assist entrepreneurs with disabilities in starting and expanding their small business ventures.

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