SCORE in the News

How I Did It: From Defense Contractor to B&B Owner

Mon, 2012-05-14 11:34

A year ago, Melanie Camp worked long hours as an executive director for a division of Lockheed Martin, one of the nation's largest defense contracting companies.  Today, Camp, 48, employs her corporate skills as the new owner of a bed-and-breakfast in Door County, Wisconsin, on the shores of Lake Michigan.

She downloaded free templates from to create business plans, spreadsheets and financial statements to help her business get started on the right track.


Doctor Aromas’ Subtle Scents Need Strong Marketing Push

Mon, 2012-05-14 11:04

Marcelo Zelicovich and Rolando Epstein teamed up to create and launch Doctor Aromas', an air freshening system that works through a building's HVAC system.  The duo has landed several big name clients but they were still struggling to successfully market and grow their business to the next level. They hadn’t figured out how to most effectively explain the product and were juggling commercial and residential customers.

PS Scrubs Scores Big with SCORE

Mon, 2012-05-14 10:40

Paulus Sutrisna, owner of PS Scrubs in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania said he had a bad year financially in 2010 and considered closing in 2011.  "We just didn't have enough customers and we needed to pay our bills," Sutrisna said. "I was considering closing when my wife told me to call my original business counselor from SCORE."

Open for Business: St. Paul Pet Hospital

Mon, 2012-05-14 09:40

St. Paul Pet Hospital, a full-service veterinary facility, is now serving the pets of the Ramsey Hill neighborhood thanks to the help of SCORE mentor Mark Ratner.  Read on to learn how and why owner Eric Ruhland finally decided to launch the business and how he'll measure its success.



SCORE San Diego Offers Free Small Business Workshops to Military Personnel

Wed, 2012-05-02 14:50

As a great number of men and women return home from serving overseas, SCORE San Diego is increasing its commitment to the military community with the Military Transition Program.

Read on to learn how SCORE San Diego helps veterans like John Vallas, owner of Café Mono, transition to civilian life as business owners.

Mompreneurs: Daily Cues to Stick to Goals

Fri, 2012-05-11 13:54

SCORE client Nancy Shapiro, founder of Cue Sticks®, tells her startup story and offers advice for other mompreneurs including using's resources and seeking the advice of a SCORE mentor.



Austin SCORE mentors help entrepreneurial dreams come true!

Thu, 2012-05-03 14:22

In 2011, volunteer mentors at SCORE Austin spent over five-thousand hours assisting Austin entrepreneurs with online and face-to-face small business counseling.  Why do they do it?  As one SCORE mentor said with great enthusiasm, “I do what I do because watching others succeed gives me great joy!”

Read on to learn more about the great work SCORE is doing in Austin.


Pick of the Planet Garden Center Opens with Help from SCORE

Tue, 2012-05-01 15:01

The Pick of the Planet recently opened its new wholesale and retail garden center in Greenland, New Hampshire.

Owner Ellen Mitchell said she turned to SCORE, a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground and supported by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

"I wanted some professional input and had a great experience with SBA when I first started my business in 1999," she said.

SCORE for Generation Y?

Fri, 2012-04-27 13:36

Michael O’Malley of Fairfield County SCORE set out looking for ways to haul SCORE into the social media era, and as it turned out it was Generation Y that found him.

As much as a rebounding economy, chapter leader O’Malley chalks up Fairfield County SCORE’s more recent gains to efforts to run ongoing workshops, now numbering more than 100 for the calendar year – with several addressing emerging technologies such as cloud computing and social media.

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.

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