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SCORE's White Plains Workshops Aid Entrepreneurs

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y -- Local retirees, corporate veterans, and entrepreneurs gathered in the county’s department of labor Wednesday and listened as a SCORE counselor suggested whether a solo business model or various corporation classes would best translate their dreams into thriving businesses.

The 25 attendees came to the free weekly workshop with ambitions to start a restaurant, music publishing company, limo company, and real estate venture. Some sought tips from SCORE, a national nonprofit supplying small businesses with advice and free classes, on existing enterprises such as a teachers’ supply store and a staffing agency. Many, like Andre Green, took notes, as Mitch Glick, a retired lawyer and one of roughly 35 volunteer counselors at SCORE's Westchester chapter, delved into the intricacies of business tax laws.

“I kind of wish I went to this before because I am a [subclass] corporation and I don’t think I needed to be one. So now it’s a matter of working within that to make my business run as smoothly as possible,” said Green, 44, a Mount Vernon resident attending SCORE’s free weekly workshops to fulfill New York’s Self-Employment Assistance Program’s requirements. “It’s a good program. Some things may not be as applicable to my business, but knowledge is knowledge and it always gives you an idea.”

Green has attended four SCORE workshops since he caught the entrepreneurial bug from his father, ditched “corporate America,” and decided to launch BAD Company Worldwide, a Facebook-inspired networking site for motorcyclists.

“There’s definitely a community that hasn’t been channeled,” said Green, who said he rides his motorcycle everywhere. “We call cars cages.”

Glick’s outline of the tax and legal requirements and benefits that accompany various business models was of equal interest to attendees like Thomas Tisserant, who is only considering starting a business.

“I might be interested in starting a business but before I go ahead I should know what I need to do,” said Tisserant, a geophysicist in White Plains, who may start an online financial services company.

Glick concluded the workshop by reminding everyone that SCORE also offers free individual consultations, advice from a patent lawyer, and franchise tips for small businesses.

Have you ever attended a SCORE workshop or consultation? Was it helpful? What do you think small business entrepreneurs need most? Email thoughts to strangle@thedailywhiteplains.com and we'll include your responses in future coverage.

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