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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
Wee Speak
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SCORE Bucks Helps Client Launch Business and Pivot Amid COVID-19

Since beginning her career as a speech language pathologist, Meg Max has worked in a variety of clinical settings, but always wanted to own her own practice. In 2019, the... Read more

Meg Max
Pediatric Speech Therapist, Wee Speak
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SCORE Assists Client Launch Business Spurred by Pandemic

Starting her own mental health counseling business was in the back of Megan Duerring’s mind for years. It took the COVID-19 pandemic and help from the Bucks County chapter of a... Read more

Megan Duerring
Owner, Conceptual Counseling Services
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SCORE Helps Couple Launch Consulting Business

After spending 35 years working for the city of Philadelphia, Pat O’Donnell knows the ins and outs of the permitting process. So much so, that after retiring in January, O’Donnell... Read more

Pat and Terri O'Donnell
Owners, O’Donnell Alliance, LLC
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Entrepreneur Matt Becker Opens Coffee Roasting Business with Help from SCORE Mentor

Becker credits Niche with helping to make his upstart a success. “The focus is on me and my company.  He wants to see me succeed,” Becker said of Niche. “He is compassionate,... Read more

Matt Becker
Owner, Le Sommet Coffee