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New Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loans: How to Qualify and Apply

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A Model Business: Olivia Morgan and Model Space

January 25, 2021

Olivia Morgan has had a lifelong passion for building physical models. She started her career as the model shop manager for ZGF Architects. Her experience there led her to start Model Space her own architectural model building business in 2016, serving architects, contractors, engineers, and product designers. Business was good and then the pandemic hit. As clients tightened their budgets and projects dried up, Olivia pivoted Model Space to provide new services and give back to the local medical community.

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CornerBazar Created During Pandemic

January 4, 2021

The CornerBazar, an immersive shopping experience, was designed by SCORE DC client Marissa Sams and Nya Laemayhu as a way to launch FOUND, an evolving collection of curated apparel, home goods and one-of-kind objects.

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Pitch Winner Spotlight: Johnny Landers, Anaïs Ortiz & Candygrams

December 8, 2020

Johnny Landers and Anaïs Ortiz were visiting Yosemite for the first time and staying at Curry Village Lodge in the park. After a day’s adventure, they settled down to play a board game. But, after sifting through the available options, they could not find one that was simple, fun, and playable by all. Instead, they brainstormed a word game that was not based on points or speed, but rather rewarded creative strategies and thoughtful word-making. Then, after being further inspired by a beautiful West Hollywood sunset of pinks, yellows and blues, Johnny and Anaïs concocted the idea for Candygrams, the word game that they always wanted to play.

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Pitch Winner Spotlight: Loren Vasquez and Rose & Roo

October 30, 2020

Loren Vasquez had been an artist her whole life and has spent her career making art for other people and companies, including Disney! She wanted to create art for herself and started designing quirky enamel pins through her start-up business Rose & Roo.

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SCORE in the News

October 25, 2020

SCORE DC mentor Ann Lim, her client Madelle Kangha and SCORE itself were featured in the 10/28 Washington Post Magazine article The Risks and Rewards of the Covid Career Makeover.

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Pitch Winner Spotlight: Connie Inukai & Tip 'n Split

September 16, 2020

Connie Inukai loved to dine out with her friends, but, at age 68, she had trouble reading the small print on menus and bills in dimly lit restaurants. She was not alone in this challenge; people over 55 experience a decline in vision making reading in darker settings difficult. There had to be a better solution, she thought, than passing reading glasses around the table or fumbling with the flashlight app on her smart phone. The idea for Tip ‘n Split was born, and, with no prior experience, Connie got to work in 2013. “[A]fter 40 years as a University instructor, I put away my teaching materials and launched my own product.”

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Karen Williams Presented Prestigious Conductor Award

August 28, 2020

Congratulations to our own Karen Williams who was recently awarded the prestigious SCORE Conductor Field Leadership Award for her many contributions to SCORE. The Conductor Award was created to recognize outstanding volunteer leadership and impact in the field. Past chapter chair, Certified Mentor, SCORE DC Webinar instructor, Chapter Executive Committee member, National Advisory Council member and National Women's Council member: Karen has contributed greatly to SCORE on both the chapter and national levels. Kudos!!!

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Pitch Winner Spotlight: Nahum Jeannot & GoOats

August 12, 2020

Nahum Jeannot has spent most of his adult professional life in and around the food service industry, starting as a line cook in 2007. It was during his time as a head chef in 2015, when the idea of GoOats was first conceived. Chef Jeannot was preparing for the hotel’s grand opening celebration and wanted to include a fun, innovative finger food in his breakfast menu. He considered the oatmeal his mother made for him with milk, butter, spices, fresh fruits and more, but realized a bowl of oatmeal was neither fun, innovative nor a finger food. After mulling it over for a few days (and still thinking about his mother’s oatmeal), Nahum seized on the idea of “oatmeal bites.”

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How to Hire Your First Employee

Listed below is a copy of the presentation deck for the How to Hire your First Employee Workshop Simple-Steps-to-HiringYourFirstEmployee.pdf We encourage you to set up a one-on-... Read more

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