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Dayton SCORE Supports Small Businesses in the GEM City

Dayton SCORE leads the challenge of putting the "Gem" back into the "Gem City" one business at a time. Dayton businesses, area educators, government officials, business development agencies and support groups such as SCORE must work together to save jobs, create jobs and drive the local economy. Small and medium businesses have traditionally created more jobs, generated more income, and had the greatest economic impact on the American and Dayton landscape throughout the years. Poised to do it again, they just need vision, confidence, motivation and leadership.

Dayton SCORE 2014 Annual Awards and Recognition Event

The Dayton SCORE chapter held our annual appreciation luncheon Dec. 18 at the Country Club of the North in Beavercreek, OH. Our local chapter recognized some of the organizations and individuals that have contributed to improving the Dayton area through their efforts related to Dayton SCORE.  A highlight this year was the program to support non-profit organizations in Dayton through training workshops, individualized mentoring, and connections to supporting groups. 

Two non-profit organizations were recognized as Dayton SCORE “Non-Profit Clients of the Year”.  The organizations were Sunlight Village, and the Mentoring Collaborative of Montgomery County

Sunlight Village is a 501(c)3 non-profit that addresses the educational and mental health needs of children and young adults in our area.  Robbie Brandon, the Executive Director of the organization, received the award and thanked the SCORE members for their invaluable support that they provided to Sunlight Village. 

The Mentoring Collaborative partnered with Dayton SCORE to train 15 of its mentors in five key areas of non-profit effectiveness, which culminated in their certification for course completion.  Jane McEwen, the Project Manager for the collaborative stated that the program was very successful, and her intention is to repeat it in the future.  Dayton SCORE members who participated in the non-profit initiative were also recognized for their contribution to SCORE and the community with a plaque accepted for the group by Wally and Carol Nugent. 

EnviroControl Systems, Inc. was recognized as the Dayton SCORE “Small Business of the Year” for 2014.  The family owned company has been working with SCORE for several years, and has been growing rapidly, moving into a building that they renovated on Helena Street in Dayton.  Lisa Crosley, the company’s President and owner feels that the help she has gotten from SCORE is incredible to the point of stating “If you are a small business, you can’t win without a SCORE”!

DayAir Credit Union and UP DAYTON were recognized as Dayton SCORE “Partners of the Year” for their support in the Dayton Open business competition held in 2014.  The competition was based on the Shark Tank television show model, with the winner receiving funding for their business start-up from DayAir.  The program involved the development of a business plan and loan application using the Dayton SCORE Simple Steps curriculum.  18 applicants went through the process, with selected participants making their business pitch at the Aileron campus in Tipp City.  The astounding outcome of the competition was that not only the winner received funding from DayAir, but 7 additional participants received funding or a credit line to help them start their business. 

CLICK HERE to view pictures from the event.

Hannah's Treasure Chest

hannahFounded in 2001, Hannah’s Treasure Chest is a non-profit organization which enriches the lives of children in need by providing clothing, furniture and toys through partner agencies in Butler, Greene, Montgomery and Warren Counties.  

Several volunteers from Hannah’s Treasure Chest have attended workshops presented as a part of the Dayton SCORE non-profit initiative.  Leslie Marsh, Community Relations & Marketing Coordinator, for the Hannah’s Treasure Chest stated that the Social Media Marketing for Nonprofits workshop was a valuable, basic overview of the platforms and methods to use in connecting with donors, sponsors and clients in online communities.

She appreciated the opportunity to share and hear from other nonprofits who are exploring this area of marketing, and to talk more in-depth with attendees about their issues and solutions. The guidelines and suggested resources offer a solid starting point for organizations who are just getting into, or who are improving their current social media marketing programs. 

Dayton SCORE Monthly Newsletter

Within our monthly newsletter, learn about Dayton SCORE′s outreach to the business community that is supported by our experienced counselors. These counselors provide FREE mentoring to existing and start-up business within the Dayton and surrounding communities.

This newsletter provides basic steps for business success, a local success story, and highlights our vision and mission.  You can stay involved with happenings at Dayton SCORE and the SCORE Advantage activities by receiving our newsletter and periodic workshop bulletins.

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We Care - Non-Profit Initiatives

The Dayton SCORE non-profit initiative is: “WE CARE about the Success of Non-Profit Organizations”.  Dayton SCORE has a committee of dedicated members to help small non-profit organizations increase their capacity and operate similar to a small business.

First, the committee investigated the needs of non-profit organizations.   Then they created a three part program starting with an Organizational Assessment for Staff members and Boards to review their current status.   The second step of the program is a series of five workshops which address basic organizational needs:  Strategic Planning, Board Development, Financial Management, Fundraising and Marketing – all directed to non-profit organizations.    The third step is specific mentoring for organizations at their request.

The non-profit community has embraced the Dayton SCORE workshop program with average attendance of 35 people at each session.   Twenty-five non-profit workshop sessions have been presented since its inception in 2012.  The total attendance during this three year period has exceeded 850 individuals.

The demand is continuing.  We expect another series of the workshops to be presented by Dayton SCORE in the Spring of 2015. The five workshops and links to several of our contributors can be found on our website (click here).  On-line Registration is required at our website and will be offered three weeks prior to each session.

Who supports The Dayton SCORE Non-Profit Initiative?    The Dayton Foundation, The Levin Family Foundation, United Way, Better Business Bureau, The Dayton Metro Library, and others.  

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