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.
CONGRATULATIONS, SHERI KARAN!
Susquehanna SCORE Client, Sheri Karan, owner of
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.
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