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Small Business Newsletter



Chuck Anderson, Chapter Chair Corner

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.

Summer is in full swing and so is Dayton Score!

Our mentors have racked up some impressive numbers which really made a difference in our community.

Velvette Hux led the way to more than doubling the members of the community who attended Score workshops. Vel set up a collaborative sharing program so Dayton Score was able to sponsor a number of new workshops virtually. Vel is the recipient of our Score Spark Plug award for the mentor who made the most significant difference over 2022. Vel’s effort led to a 35% increase in the number of people served.

Alan Schussheim received an Exceptional Service award. He paved the way for much better cooperation with other providers in the Dayton area. His partnerships with Dayton Cares and Launch Dayton spread our programs to a wider audience and gained Dayton Score both new volunteers and new members of the community served.

Bob Carlson received an Exceptional Service award finished his thirteenth year with Dayton Score and served ten years as webmaster for Dayton Score. He led our group through two major upgrades in software and was instrumental in integrating our website with the Score National website.

Launch Dayton Startup Week

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. 


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: November workshop registration link will appear in the October newsletter.

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. REGISTRATION

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.    REGISTRATION  

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. Lunch will be provided at approximately 12:00. REGISTRATION

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. Lunch will be provided at approximately 12:00.  REGISTRATION

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 pm. REGISTRATION

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



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

They held their first fundraising gala on August 13,2022 at Sinclair College. Over 150 people attended, including the mayors of Dayton and Trotwood, other community leaders, dynamic speaker, and a delegation who traveled from Liberia, Africa to celebrate the occasion. African music and dancing, as well as inspirational speeches were given.


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 501(c)(3) 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. 


How you can help support mission to build the library: 

- GoFundMe Campaign: Library for Liberia (build public library)     

- CashApp: $libraryforafrica 

- Donate on Website: 

- Mail Check: Library for Africa, P.O. Box 208, Englewood, Ohio 45322 



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Tuesday, September 6 | 1pm ET
In the final part of the "Your Marketing Roadmap" webinar series, the floor is open to you! Ramon Ray will be taking your questions live to help you apply these marketing strategies to your specific business.
Thursday, September 8 | 1pm ET
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Thursday, September 15 | 1pm ET
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Tuesday, September 20 | 1pm ET
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Thursday, September 29 | 1pm ET
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Find Your Success With a SCORE Mentor
Getting started is easy! Visit the SCORE website and search mentor profiles, fill out a mentoring request form, or contact your local SCORE chapter. Then, you can meet with your mentor(s) as many times as you need at no cost!
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.
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