The U.S. Census Bureau shows that the number of
women-owned businesses increased by 45% from 2007 to 2016, a rate five
times faster than the national average. Women-owned businesses are just
as successful as men-owned businesses when it comes to revenue, job
creation and longevity. However, our new infographic shows that female
entrepreneurs face greater challenges with obtaining business financing
than male entrepreneurs.
You Need to Know for Starting and Growing a Business
5 @ 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT
How are you protecting your
This webinar will discuss how
intellectual property protects the various parts of your
business. It will also help you understand how to create and
maintain a competitive advantage over your competition.
Meghan Ely always knew that she wanted to be a wedding
industry consultant. By the time she launched her consulting firm in
2009, Ely had approximately 200 weddings under her belt. "I
absolutely loved doing events, but I loved doing public relations more,
and I was confident there was a way to combine those two loves,"
How SCORE helped:
SCORE mentor Emmett Richardson helped Ely institute effective HR
policies, determine which clients were right for her, and set price
points. Ely says: "Emmett is the perfect combination of advisor,
sounding board, informal therapist and shoulder to lean on ... Over the
last nine years, he's helped me tackle every major challenge that has
come my way, seeing me through to the other side."
Ely continues to meet with Richardson every six weeks or
so. Additionally, she now gives back to SCORE by leading workshops on
how to be your own publicist.
A SCORE mentor can help you turn your dream into a reality.
The journey to starting a business (or taking your business to the
next level) may not always be smooth sailing, but we'll help you
navigate choppy waters when times are tough.
Exactly How Many Spudnuts Does Tadough’s Make a Day? Feat: Tadough's Kitchen Managers Scott and Kevin Pekin, IL - By now you’ve seen the re-branding of our beloved Pekin classic: the spudnut. Taking place last March, the rebranding to “Tadough’s” sparked some big questions about Central Illinois’ favorite potato flour-based donut and the future of its legendary legacy. Here’s when Jacqueline and Rick enter the spudnut story. Last March Jacqueline saw opportunity when she heard the business was up for sale. An original Pekinite, Jacqueline and her father Rick are committed to maintaining the Pekin icon and want to bring a long-standing household name into the next generation of business development. “We’ve more than doubled our production of donuts made daily,” says Jacqueline . While the business has historically been known to sell out as early as 6:00 and 7:00 a.m., Jacqueline and Rick aim to keep doors open until 10:00 a.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Rick,
Ever Dream of Opening a Bar? A #PekinRestaurantWeek Special Feature Pekin, IL- Chris, Eric, and Ryan didn’t. But a plot twist to a dream dating back over 14 years ago helped a vision become a reality in 2021: The Bunker Indoor Golf Lounge. What is an “indoor golf lounge” exactly? The Bunker hosts indoor, large-scale golf simulators: a big city offering in our Midwestern, small town of Pekin. Oh, and there’s a full-service bar to boot. “We’re really lucky to have great golf courses in Pekin, and now we can enjoy indoor golf too,” says part-owner Eric. Eric lays out the history of the idea and explains he has wanted to open a golf simulator hang-out spot for over a decade, but the technology- and price- just wasn’t there yet. Eric continues, “I toured a lot of simulators in the Chicago area and then was waiting for the right opportunity.” Eric and business partner Chris checked out many property locations over the years, including the old dance and tumbling building on
The Pekin Women's Leadership Network empowers women to become effective leaders by providing essential skills and strategies for professional and personal growth. A variety of carefully tailored programs are designed to support women in all phases of their careers. Why is this program needed? Although women have made great strides in achieving equality, a leadership gap continues. In 2013, 20 women serve in the Senate, and only 78 women serve in the House of Representative. Overall, women hold 98, or 18.3% of the 525 seats in the 113th U.S congress. Locally, the statistics are even worse, with only 1 woman serving on the Pekin City Council. The business world does not fare much better, with only 22 women CEO's in the Fortune 500. Our focus is on helping young women develop the skills and abilities necessary to succeed and flourish in their chosen career paths. Sessions scheduled for the 2013-2014 series include: November 1st - Women in Politics - Rep. Cheri Busto