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Small Business Newsletter
The Dayton Chapter of SCORE was founded in 1970 as a nonprofit volunteer organization to assist the Small Business Administration (SBA) in helping grass roots profit and nonprofit businesses to start and grow in the Miami Valley area.
We had an excellent discussion at a recent chapter meeting relating to diversity, inclusion, and ethnicity

We rediscovered why we are all SCORE members. The common thread across all barriers is the strong, selfless desire to give back to our community through helping all our small businesses to thrive. We have been doing this since the late 1960’s and the same common goal binds us all today.

We are a diverse organization with members from all walks of life united in our common goal. If this sounds like the kind of organization that you would like to be part of then please contact us.

Dayton SCORE now has forty
active members and a number in training. You too could be part of strengthening our community.
Sept. 13-15, 2022 | The Arcade + The Hub 

Launch Dayton Startup Week welcomes everyone in-person to the Arcade to celebrate, inspire and equip our region's business owners and startup founders.

Launch Dayton Startup Week organizers are committed to building an equitable entrepreneurial community. Startup Week is the Dayton, Ohio entrepreneur community's largest event, drawing roughly 1,000 attendees including startup founders and business owners.

Two of our SCORE mentors, Art Helmstetter and Joe Hopkins will be presenters and address how small businesses can use pricing as a tool to compete with larger businesses. Art has been a sales and marketing executive and Joe has extensive experience in frontline sales. The workshop will address the 3-Cs of pricing: customer, cost analysis, and competition along with a variety of pricing strategies. 

1st Annual African Extravaganza: Countries Connecting Through Education and Relationships” GALA
August 13,2022

Former teacher and Dayton SCORE clients, Veleta Jenkins, and student Darius Ricks plan to build the “first” technology-focused public library in Liberia, Africa.

The idea for the library started when Jenkins asked Ricks to throw a box of old books that were sitting on her classroom floor in the dumpster. Ricks did not feel comfortable about throwing books away; and asked if he could have them instead. Ricks, a Liberian native, explained that he wanted to send the box of old teacher manuals and encyclopedias to a poor school in Monrovia, Liberia. And after he told her that a public library does not exist in his country; Jenkins did not hesitate to ask, “How can I help?”

In 2019, Jenkins resigned from teaching and founded non-profit Library for Africa, with Ricks as the co-founder. LFA provides educational resources and services to youth in Dayton, Ohio and Liberia, Africa.  She reached out to Dayton SCORE for guidance and assistance. They are fully established with their 501c3 and have attended many of Dayton SCORE’s nonprofit workshops.  The pair purchased two acres of land in Bentol City, Liberia (where the library will be built) and are working to raise funds to begin construction of the library.

Library for Africa will be hosting its 1st Annual African Extravaganza: Countries Connecting Through Education and Relationships” GALA on August 13,2022 at Sinclair Community College. The gala is a fundraiser for the future library. Speakers and guests from the United States and Africa will celebrate the occasion.


Gala tickets can be purchased on Eventbrite:     

Veleta Jenkins |Founder & CEO, Library for Africa
P.O. Box 208 | Englewood, Ohio 45322
(937) 901-3726

Fall 2022 Nonprofit Workshop Series

Dayton SCORE provides mentoring and workshops to nonprofit
organizations and charities by volunteers experienced in working as
board members and executives in nonprofit organizations.

These workshops will be presented in person by our local team of experts in subject areas specific to nonprofit organizations. The workshops are interactive and there will be time for questions during and after the presentations. All workshops will be held at the Presidential/Kohler Banquet Center in Kettering. After the 10am session, lunch will be provided during a networking session from approximately noon to 1pm.

NOTE: Registration for the workshops will open approximately 45-days prior to the event.
Strategic Planning (Workshop Fee $10.00) ... Friday, Sept 16, 10am... The benefits of strategic planning are huge for your non-profit! Discuss and examine when it is appropriate to develop the plan, the steps in the strategic planning process, the methodology for monitoring the implementation of the plan, and how to take corrective actions when appropriate. How to pivot your Strategic Planning after a Pandemic. - Steps in the S.O.A.R. strategic planning process with examples of each step. REGISTRATION

Board Development ... Friday, Sept 30, 10am... An effective, engaged
board of directors is essential. This workshop details the characteristics
of high-performance boards, appropriate board structure, membership
and processes; interaction with an executive director, director’s
independence, competence and behavior, board’s focus on critical
issues including strategic planning.

Leadership Development ...  ​Friday, Sept 30, 1pm... Practical leadership
principles for Directors and Board chairmen that can be implemented
immediately. Regardless of which stage of life your nonprofit
organization is in, leadership is vital to its health and growth. John C.
Maxwell wisely stated that “Everything rises and falls on leadership.”
Without developing your leadership skills as a nonprofit leader, you will
struggle with your board recruitment and development, your volunteer
recruitment and management, and even your fundraising efforts.
  • During this workshop, you will learn:
  • How to intentionally develop yourself as a leader
  • How to effectively develop the people around you
  • How to lead the next generation in an ever-changing world
  • Valuable recommended resources

Marketing/Google Ad Grants ...Friday, Oct 14, 10am... Come and
benefit from the basics of non-profit marketing. Learn about tools for
listening to clients, donors and volunteers; designing services with your
audience in mind; defining your target audiences; creating and
delivering irresistible messages; identifying most effective
communication channels for non-profits. As you increase your
nonprofit marketing skills, your network of supporters will grow. Also,
adapting your marketing program to post-COVID.

Fundraising ... ​Friday, Oct 14, 1pm... Donor-focused, high revenue
fundraising for a nonprofit ensures sustainability and peace of mind.
Learn how to develop a thriving, fundraising plan for your non-profit
through relationship building, telling the right stories, building
diversified funding sources, identifying donors, donor care, unraveling
the secrets of giving streams (annual, major, bequests, etc.), and ethics.

Financial Management (Part 1 and 2) ...Friday, Oct 28, 9:30 am ... Part 1 will cover back-office functions of accounting/bookkeeping systems to monitor performance and comply with IRS requirements. Part 2 will focus on financial statements and will explain the relationship between Balance Sheets and Income statements. It will also relate these financial statements to the Strategic Plan, and how to use them to make business decisions. Parts 1 and 2 will each be 60 to 90 minutes in duration. Lunch will be provided at approximately 12:30.

Volunteer Management... (Parts 1 and 2) ...Friday, Nov 11, 9:30am Part 1 will cover how to develop trust, credibility and accountability, and
define the role of volunteer staff. Part 2 introduces nonprofit leaders to
free tools to attract and motivate volunteers. In the only program of its
kind in Dayton, SCORE mentors provide training on SPECIFIC digital
tools to more effectively manage volunteers. Parts 1 and 2 will each be
60 to 90 minutes in duration. Lunch will be provided at approximately
Impacted by the still-raging COVID-19 global pandemic, inflation, and lifestyle stages, today's consumers have changed where and how they buy. And unless you pivot with them, you will lose their business.
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Tuesday, August 2 | 1pm ET
Part 3 of the "Your Marketing Roadmap" webinar series will address how to integrate content marketing, publicity, and personal branding to grow your business.
Thursday, August 11 | 1pm ET
Join our National Black Business Month webinar as we celebrate with a panel of experts dedicated to answering your business questions.
Thursday, August 18 | 1pm ET
Learn fundamental and advanced email marketing techniques that will help you connect with more customers and grow your business.
Tuesday, August 23 | 1pm ET
What do you do when your business takes over your time and money? This webinar will teach you how to make your business work for you.
Thursday, August 25 | 1pm ET
Are you a writer, painter, carpenter, or have some other marketable talent? Learn how to take your passion and start a creative business!
Tommy Abney enjoyed giving college tours as a hobby to help expose inner-city public-school students to college campuses and opportunities at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). With help from SCORE mentors, Tommy was able to turn his hobby into a business. Read more about Tommy's business journey >

Find Your Success
SCORE provides confidential business advice through our network of 10,000 volunteer business experts. Small business owners who receive three or more hours of mentoring report higher revenues and increased growth.
SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship. We have been doing this for more than 50 years. 

Because our work is supported by the U.S. Small Business Administration, and thanks to our network of 10,000+ volunteers, we are able to deliver our services at no charge or at a very low cost. Find out more about our mission, vision and values.
Funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. All opinions, conclusions, and/or recommendations expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA.