Susquehanna SCORE

Register Now for the September 24th Susquehanna SCORE Small Business Success Breakfast!

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Come and meet small business owners -- and their fans! -- who are challenging retail-as-usual, right here in our region. Susquehanna SCORE clients like Tamara Coleman Sweets (customized beauty products) and Sheri Karan (gourmet nut butters inspired by a visibility challenge) are making the most of what the eye can and cannot see. And among the leaders of York's downtown commercial renaissance are dozens of women who own their own business. Among them are our featured keynote speakers, Mandy Arnold of Gavin Advertising, Caroline Morris of Kimmons Co., and Hilary Arthur of Arthur and Daughters. Find out more about this great small business networking and celebration breakfast. It's September 24th at the Hotel Yorktowne.

SCORE clients -- promote your business at the October 10, 2015 County Cup event at Santander Stadium!

Date: October 10, 2015

Showcase Time: 9AM - 3PM

Location: Santander Stadium, York PA

In Conjunction With: Susquehanna SCORE, Buy Local and The County Cup

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Each exhibiting SCORE client receives a FREE Susquehanna SCORE class or workshop of their choice through 2016. Can be worth as much as $125, depending on the client's course selection.

The SCORE Big with Buy Local Business Showcase is sponsored by:

The Showcase is being held at Santander Stadium in conjunction with The County Cup, an annual York County Rotary-sponsored croquet tournament to benefit York County non-profits.  In addition to the venue, you will enjoy their food trucks, music, and 1920s-themed activities.  For County Cup details, CLICK HERE. Come and have fun!

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Successful Mentoring Marathon

Susquehanna SCORE office administrator, Tammi Dawson, welcomed participants to the Small Biz Motivation Day. They came with babies in strollers, with their teenage children, spouses and friends, they came with their dreams and their business start-up questions to Susquehanna SCORE’s free Small Biz Motivation Day on Friday, May 29, at Santander Stadium. 

Susquehanna SCORE mentor, Phil Reck, CPA, listens to Motivation Day participant describe the vision for her business. Compliments of the York Revolution baseball team and the York County Industrial Authority, who awarded Susquehanna SCORE the stadium’s White Rose Hall through a community-wide grant contest, SCORE mentors and five SCORE success story company owners participated in a 5-plus-hour mentoring marathon with 37 individuals.​ We received outstanding support from our two presenting sponsors, CBY Systems and DOCEO Office Solutions. Every hour on the half-hour, these generous sponsors gave away a total of six pre-paid $100 credit cards to delighted registrants who were present to win.

Five SCORE-mentored small business owners were featured guests and joined in the mentoring of the constant flow of attendees. The opportunity for informal and extended conversations afforded folks the chance to test their new business ideas, trouble-shoot their obstacles and gain new insights into how to make a business turn a profit. These small businesses success story mentors were Sheri Karan of Blind Spot Nutbutters (2015 award winner for Outstanding Community Impact Small Business, The SCORE Foundation, see below); Tamara Coleman Sweets of Nu Natural Organics; Pam Getner of  Primerica Financial Services; Judy Orcutt of QuilliGraphy (see below); and Tom Stayer of Tom's Services.

Susquehanna SCORE mentors included the professional duo of CPA Phil Reck and attorney Greg Gettle, along with Julie Poland, Mike Bingham, Lou Lavetan, Debra Botterill, Bob Doerfler (photo, right, above), Leroy Moore, Wade Keech, and Kellie Boysen, joined by SBA lender relations specialist, Solomon Wheeler.

The conversations were both informal and challenging, experience-based and blue-sky. Thanks to the stadium’s free parking, everyone was able to take as much time as they wanted to talk with one or more mentors, many for an hour or more. Ideas, questions, passion and commitment – the big room buzzed with energy and conversation that will echo into the future, boosting the economic potential of our region and enhancing the lives of our entrepreneurs and their families. 


Susquehanna SCORE Client, Sheri Karan, owner of
Blind Spot Nutbutters, 1336 Spahn Ave, York, PA 17403, is this year's winner of the National SCORE and The SCORE Foundation's 2015 SCORE Award winner for Outstanding Community Impact Small Business.

Sheri will be recognized at the SCORE Awards Gala, to be held on September 17, 2015 at the US Chamber of Commerce Halls of Flags in Washington, DC.  In addition to other marketing assistance, Sheri will receive a marketing video professionally created by MiniMatters of Columbia, Maryland and paid for by the SCORE Foundation. 

SCORE Mentors (Kellie Boysen, Gregory Liegey, James Stahly, Dylan Bauer, & Ross Grady) worked with Sheri & Troy over a period of a year to help them grow their business.  A portion of their profits are donated to funding research for retinal conditions.


Susquehanna SCORE and Crispus Attucks: Partners in Entrepreneurial Education

Harrisburg & York SCORE Chapters Merge

     SCORE chapters in Harrisburg and York merged recently to form Susquehanna SCORE. The two SCORE chapters are in the largest and best performing SCORE district in the country.
    The realignment, part of a district-wide improvement program, is designed to expand SCORE’s reach and impact throughout Central Pennsylvania. 
    Susquehanna SCORE, with multiple offices and well over 75 business mentors throughout the region, continues to serve clients in Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Perry and York Counties. 
    Under the leadership of Julie Poland, Susquehanna SCORE has, according to Julie, “Outlined an aggressive schedule with more workshops for clients in all parts of our market, and a mentor recruitment strategy targeting prospective volunteers to add to SCORE’s industry expertise, diversity, workshop capabilities and community connections.”
    Susquehanna SCORE is Central PA’s source of free and confidential small business mentoring and low-cost workshops. Business mentors are working or retired business owners, executives and corporate leaders who share their wisdom and lessons learned in business with SCORE clients. 
    SCORE clients are people who want to take the next step toward achieving their business dreams, or tackle that next business challenge. Contact Susquehanna SCORE 717-845-8830, via email at, or on the web at


Thinking of starting a business?

It's easy to take the next step. For a free consultation with experienced business mentors, call 845-8830, 9 AM -12 PM, Monday through Friday, for a consultation at our office. If you'd like, we can even Skype a consultation with you.

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2015 SCORE Breakfast Big Success

Business leaders, elected officials and small business owners packed the ballroom of the Heritage Hills Resort for this first-ever York SCORE event. The play-by-play of the jam-packed one hour of information was best summed up in the words of Joe Deinlein of the Central Pennsylvania Business Journal.

Photos: (top to bottom) Featured speaker, Sarah Lanphier, CEO, Nuts About Granola; York SCORE Honoree, Chef Tim Jutzi, CEO, Chef Tim Foods; York SCORE Honoree, John Lewis, CEO DOCEO Office Solutions; US Representative Scott Perry (center), York SCORE Chapter Chair Julie Poland (right) and Mindy Juiliano, York SCORE Administrative Assistant)


Creativity and innovation are the catalysts that often drive successful new businesses. In this video, Susquhanna SCORE's Chapter Chair Julie Poland shares how these catalysts are changing and inspiring people. 

"All of a sudden they realize they don't have the limitations...They see a solution, they see a path forward and they walk out of the room excited about their next steps."

-- Julie Poland, Susquehanna SCORE Chapter Chair