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SCORE Helps Interior Designer Make Fresh Start as Wedding Planner

If the COVID-19 pandemic had a silver lining, it would be that losing her job as an interior designer motivated Samantha O’Donnell to make a fresh start in the career she always... Read more

Samantha O’Donnell
Owner and Lead Planner, Lavish Haus
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SCORE Helps Party Planner Make Dreams a Reality

From a young age, Angel McLaughlin has had a passion for party planning. Her summer birthday always coincided with a large family reunion each year. By middle school the... Read more

Angel McLaughlin
Owner, Dreams of Themes
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SCORE Mentors Help Yoga for Kids Biz Launched During Pandemic

Yoga has been intertwined in Adi Strigl’s life for almost as long as she can remember. “I found yoga or yoga found me,” she said. “It really supported me though pregnancies and... Read more

Adi Strigl
Owner, The Yoga Gnome
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Cyber Security Integral to Bucks IT Business

Data breaches and cyber security threats continue to pose problems for businesses and their customers. Did you know that 60 percent of small companies close within six months of a... Read more

Daniel Weigner
President, OverclockedIT LLC
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SCORE Mentor Helps Teacher Launch Handyman Side Gig

Justin Kloc grew up helping his “very handy” father with projects around their home. The Lower Makefield native bolstered his handiness by lending a hand to family members as they... Read more

Justin Kloc
Owner, Kloc Work LLC
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SCORE Helps Esthetician Become Her Own Boss

Vanity Haus esthetics center opened March 1 in Bethlehem, PA Mariana Franco traded 13 years of teaching English language arts to kindergarten through eighth-grade students for a... Read more

Mariana Franco
Owner and Lead Aesthetician of Vanity Haus, Vanity Haus
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SCORE Mentors Offer Ongoing Support for Solopreneur

In 2016, Lydia Grossov was at a crossroads. She was contemplating whether to find another corporate job in the pharmaceutical industry or take her long-time side hustle full-time... Read more

Lydia Grossov
Creative Director, Expresso Design
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SCORE Bucks County Helps Engineer Transition to Business Owner

In his 19.5 years working for a Bucks County engineering company, Jason Saul, a mechanical engineer, strengthened his knowledge of all aspects of the company. In November 2020,... Read more

Jason Saul
Founder and President, Dynamic Conveyors and Automation, LLC
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SCORE Bucks Assists Nonprofit Spurred to Feed, Educate Amid Pandemic

Muneera Walker was knee deep in census work in her Lower Merion community when the pandemic began. Soon after, she saw her neighbors struggle to have enough food. A former owner... Read more

Muneera Walker
Founder, Neighbors Helping Neighbors on the Main Line
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SCORE Bucks Helps Biz Owner Relocate, Increase Customer Base Amid Pandemic

Lyne Walke felt unseen among the other retailers at Valley Square in Warrington. Her lash and brow bar was situated at the end of the shopping center, resulting in little foot... Read more

Lyne Walke
Owner, LC Lash & Brow Bar
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SCORE Helps Launch Doylestown Cat Café

After retiring from her career as a math teacher, Eilene Shaffer was intrigued by her daughter’s suggestion to start a cat café in the heart of Doylestown. The MeWow Cat Café... Read more

Eilene Shaffer
MeWow Cat Café
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SCORE Bucks Helps Hairstylists Transition to Business Owners

From cuts to color, highlights and more, Courtney McIntyre and Annie McIntosh know hairstyling. Running a business was a new venture that the hairstylists-turned-business partners... Read more

Courtney McIntyre and Annie McIntosh
The Deca Salon

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