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Faerie Grace - Keynote Speaker - Let Me Motivate Your Team!

Marie Zanotti and Diana  Kreiling, SCORE WESTMORELAND mentors,  encouraged Faerie to create a business plan. Additionally, her mentors  assisted Faerie in identifying  local... Read more

Faerie Grace
Owner/Founder, Fairy Grace Entertainment, LLC
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Bridgeport Technology, Inc.

The Finfrocks worked with SCORE mentors Sam Dickson, Tom Marx, and Dave Vale on getting a business consolidation loan and line of credit, meeting with the mentors weekly or... Read more

Ron and Kathy Finfrock
Bridgeport Technology, Inc.
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Walkers Pet HoTail

Over a period of about 5 years, six SCORE volunteers reviewes facets of their business.  Areas included bookkeeping, inventory control, placement of merchandise in the sales area... Read more

Sam and Michelle Rubin
Walkers Pet HoTail
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McElwain Mechanical Solutions, LLC

SCORE provided them with resources that gave them the confidence that they could achieve their objectives.  SCORE was particularly helpful in developing a business plan which... Read more

Dorothy Sadler-McElwain
PresidentC, McElwain Mechanical Solutions, LLC
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Bridgeport Technology

Ron and Kathy’s problem was that their debt load was mostly current carrying high interest rates.  With Sam and Tom’s help they were able to restructure their debt load spreading... Read more

Ron and Kathy Finfrock
Founders, Bridgeport Technology
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Grandma's Country Oven Bake Shoppe

The Score mentors  acted as brain storming guides as the process started.  The Young family , based  on recommendations from the mentors, recreated their bakery using their own... Read more

Bill And Kathy Young
Founders, Grandma's Country Oven Bake Shoppe
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French Express

Christophe and Nicolas were world class chefs but with  no business experience needed help in creating their own business. The Score team of Bob Tupper ( Marketing), Tom Marx (... Read more

French Express Christophe Fichet and Nicolas Grunewald
Founders, c
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Spencer's advice for anyone considering opening their own business is to do research. She worked with the Westmoreland County chapter of the Service Corps of Retired Executives... Read more

Yvonne Spencer
Founder, knitsburgh
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Operations Strategy Consulting

Before meeting with her mentors, they recommended Burns attend a workshop so she could understand the basics and be ready to talk about specifics when she sat down with her... Read more

Megan E. Burns
Operations Strategy Consulting
Sway-Oh icon with product name
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What To Do With An Idea? Make It A Reality With Help From SCORE!

I am fortunate to have several amazing SCORE mentors. I found Dana Connon on the SCORE website, sent her an email, and then set up an in-person meeting. Dana offered resources,... Read more

Shirley Washington
Inventor/Founder, Sway-Oh, LLC
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Building Business and Legacy

SCORE has helped me by defining the role to take in my business and how to work on my business instead of the day-to-day functions. They even recruited me to be a SCORE volunteer. Read more

Dr. Lisa R. McGuthry
CEO/Boutique Boss, Our Favorite Things Boutique & Event Center
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From new business to Oregon Bride Magazine's Best Wedding Planner and All Around Vendor

Almost every year, we've been able to achieve our financial goals, our number of wedding goals, and our growth goals. Even though this past year has been incredibly rough on the... Read more

Briana Denman
Owner, Planner , The Indigo Bride