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Akron SCORE reports most successful year
AKRON — Akron SCORE experienced the most successful year in its history during its Fiscal Year 2011-12 for all of its free services to small businesses in the Summit, Medina, Portage and Wayne county areas, the organization recently announced.
“Our growth in service to our four-county service area increased substantially, even with last year’s down economy,” said Tom Duke, Akron SCORE chair. “We believe that this was because many citizens who lost their jobs decided to start their own businesses. This is one reason why the only growth area in our economy has been small businesses.”
Duke noted that the following activities were increased during the past fiscal year, ending Sept. 30: face-to-face and email counseling, up 7 percent to 1,134 sessions; workshops, up 8 percent to 85; workshop attendees, up 7.5 percent to 1,600; total services, up 8 percent to 2,734; number of volunteer hours, up 1 percent to 11,510; and number of volunteer counselors, up 9 percent to 73.
“All of our services are provided free to start-up and existing small businesses,” said Duke. “If these services were provided by a for-profit consulting organization, they would have been worth $1.6 million.”
In addition to this contribution, SCORE-counseled businesses in the area are adding millions more to the economy. In 2011, the most recent year for reporting, there were 1,591 new business starts in the four-county area, with 881 for Summit, 305 for Medina, 239 for Portage and 166 for Wayne.
Akron SCORE also penetrated further into the area community through three new engagements, the organization announced. They include the association with The Taylor Institute for Direct Marketing at The University of Akron, which is supplying workshop facilities; Summit County, which is supplying an office suite in the Ohio Building at 175 S. Main St.; and a new Student Entrepreneur Mentoring program, conducted from a supplied office at The Taylor Institute. Also, a new relationship has been started with BVU (Business Volunteers Unlimited), in which SCORE counselors will assist in counseling BVU clients in specialty areas.
Funding for Akron SCORE is currently being provided by the GAR Foundation, the Akron Community Foundation and The Burton D. Morgan Foundation.
Main Library offering patent, intellectual property, entrepreneurship series
DOWNTOWN AKRON — The Akron-Summit County Main Library will offer a series of sessions on patents, intellectual property and entrepreneurship early next year.
The following sessions are scheduled:
• Introduction to Intellectual Property, Jan. 8 and March 5, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. — Participants will learn the differences among the various types of intellectual property and how best to protect their creative work.
• Introduction to Patents and Patent Searching, Jan. 12 and March 9, 10 a.m. to noon — Librarians from the Science and Technology Division will explain the process of getting a U.S. patent and show how to do a preliminary patent search using the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office website. Basic computer skills and familiarity with the Internet is suggested.
• Frisina and Smith Entrepreneurship Series, Jan. 16 and March 20, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. — Local patent attorney and SCORE volunteer Dominic Frisina will host this series of informative sessions aimed at making the most of intellectual property:
√ Jan. 16 — Business Formations. Attorney Patricia Smith will discuss business organization options (such as sole proprietorship, partnership, LLC, C-Corp and S-Corp) and the steps of registering a business and selecting a business name; and
√ March 20 — Business and Product Branding. Frisina will discuss legal and practical issues in selecting a brand, including the brand’s relationship to the goods sold under it, trademark clearance and infringement issues, selecting and working with a graphic designer and establishing ownership of artwork and copyrights, and building brand awareness, advertising, websites and social media.
Contact the Science and Technology Division at 330-643-9075 or stdiv@akronli brary.org for more information or to reserve a spot.
Cascade Auto Group, Mobile Meals join forces
CUYAHOGA FALLS/STOW — For the fifth year, Subaru is having its “Share the Love Event.” During this time, Subaru donates $250 to one of five charities for every new car purchased or leased. This year, in addition, Cascade Auto Group will donate $50 to Mobile Meals for the “Share the Love Event.”
Employees at Cascade Auto Group will deliver meals one day a week to the homes of Mobile Meals’ clients living in Cuyahoga Falls and Stow through Dec. 27.
If anyone is interested in donating time to deliver meals for Mobile Meals, contact David Flanagan at daveflana firstname.lastname@example.org or David Hurte at email@example.com at Cascade Auto Group or Phil Marcin at pmarcin@mobile mealsinc.org at Mobile Meals.
To make a contribution to the clients of Mobile Meals, mail it to Cascade Auto Group, 4149 State Road, Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44223. It will be forwarded to Mobile Meals, according to Mobile Meals officials.
Stephanie Kist contributed to these reports.
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