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SCORE National will honor the 2008 Lou Campanelli Award winner at a ceremony tomorrow in Washington, DC

April 23, 2008
April 22, 2008 Christine Banning or Mike Keaton

SCORE Honors Edie Fraser at SCORE’s Afternoon of Vision 2008

Edie FraserWashington, D.C.—SCORE “Counselors to America’s Small Business” presents the Lou Campanelli Award to Edie Fraser, chair of the Diversity Executive Search Practice and managing director of Diversified Search Ray and Berndtson. Fraser, who lives in Washington, D.C., receives this award for her outstanding individual volunteerism, philanthropic contributions and dedication to entrepreneurship and SCORE.The Lou Campanelli Award annually recognizes outstanding individual volunteerism, leadership, vision and philanthropy in support of small business, entrepreneurship and SCORE. Fraser will receive the award at SCORE’s Afternoon of Vision 2008 at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Washington, D.C., on April 24. SCORE CEO Ken Yancey and Lou Campanelli will present Edie with the award.

Fraser has supported SCORE since 1997. Her father, Les Fraser, is a SCORE volunteer and leader in Atlanta. SCORE CEO Ken Yancey says, “SCORE honors Edie Fraser for her extraordinary leadership in supporting the success of women and minority entrepreneurs and executives.” Yancey adds, “Her ongoing support of entrepreneurship through SCORE inspires all of us to give our very best to the small business community.”

Edie Fraser says, “SCORE is a cornerstone of what is the best of this country. Small business is the most significant part of our economy across this nation.” Fraser believes, “SCORE is the premiere source of free counseling & advice and a source of loan information for America’s aspiring entrepreneurs.”

Fraser’s extensive background in support of diversity and women spans four decades. She is the founder of Diversity Best Practices and the Business Women’s Network. Fraser has won more than 35 major diversity awards, plus honors from federal government agencies and U.S. states. In 2007, she was picked as one of the Top 50 Pioneers in Diversity by Profiles in Diversity Journal, and one of the top 46 of America’s Top Diversity Advocates by

Fraser has served on the Women’s Business Center of Washington, and she was past president of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) of the National Capital Area. She has been a partner of Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP), and in 2007, she served as co-chair of the first WIPP Salute to Diversity. Fraser is a member of the Committee of 200. She also serves on many boards and advisory boards.

Since 1964, SCORE “Counselors to America’s Small Business” has assisted more than 7.9 million aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners through counseling and business workshops. More than 10,500 volunteer business counselors in 389 chapters serve their communities through entrepreneur education dedicated to the formation, growth and success of small businesses.

For more information about starting or operating a small business, call 1-800/634-0245 for the SCORE chapter nearest you. Or, visit SCORE on the Web at


For more information, contact SCORE’s public relations manager at 1-800/634-0245 or

The Business of Art: the RAC Marketing Toolbox For Artists

January 22, 2008

If a tree falls in the forest does it create sound? A similar question may occur to creators of artwork for public consumption. That is, if they lack effective marketing plans. 

One free resource to the rescue is The Saint Louis Regional Arts Commission (RAC), which has compiled a Marketing Toolbox for artists.  The useful kit, which features tools for  Media Relations,  Free Marketing Ideas, and Interactive Marketing, offers some simple, yet effective tools for getting seen and heard. You can access them here.

Of course, you can also obtain free, priceless assistance from SCORE: Counselors to America’s Small Business.  Contact SCORE Chapter 306 in Westchester County, New York, or visit to find your local SCORE office, a counselor with specialized expertise, and a treasure chest of self-help resources. ###

SCORE Counselor Lisa Tolliver is also an artist.

On ‘SCORE Radio’: Matador Travel’s Ross Borden explores the world of freelance travel writing

September 11, 2007

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Some episodes of SCORE Radio: Counselors to America’s Small Business emulate Star Trek. They go where no SCORE Radio episode has gone before, and take listeners with them. Tomorrow’s show is an example.

  • ITINERARY: Matador Travel’s co-founder, Ross Borden, explores the world of freelance travel writing with call-in guests and yours truly.  [ASIDE: I’m an avid traveler and former Let’s Go! travel guides editor.] 
  • SCHEDULE: Beam us up at 11:30 AM to noon, Eastern Time.
  • DESTINATION/LOGISTICS: Tune to New York Radio WVOX 1460 AM or listen live online at to lend us your ear. Or phone the call-in line  – (01) 914-636-0110 – to hear and share. 
  • WHAT TO BRING: You, just tune in. I’ve packed a bag o’ traveling tunes for the occasion. I invite you to listen, and to share your favorite road songs in the comments here and at Matador Travel.

You may be wondering: “What’s Matador Travel?” and “What’s the connection between small business and travel writing?”  I’m glad you asked.

Matador Travel (tag line: “Connecting Passionate Travelers”) self-describes as a “vibrant community for people interested in travel, music and art, writing and photography, sports, and positive global development.” A review at Vagablogging reveals, Matador “aspires to be the “Craigslist for Travelers.”

In fact, Matador’s new york craigslist>manhattan>writing gigs advertisement inspired tomorrow’s show.

Professional and aspiring TRAVEL WRITERS: Paid assignments

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Date: 2007-08-16, 5:36PM EDT

Matador Travel is an online community for travelers and writers. We just launched the Bounty Board–a free resource for both editors and freelance writers. Over the last couple days, professional and aspiring travel writers from across the globe have been taking down up our paid travel writing assignments. There will be new assignments posted every week. Check it out!

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On Matador you can also open a free account and submit a Writer Bio. Some of our users have recently landed big freelance writing and production jobs with funded projects after being discovered on Matador. Check it out.###

Therein lies the connection between small business and travel writing. Hired guns pens can make extra cash, underwrite trips, get exposure, and expand opportunities for themselves and their businesses.

The Bounty Board is one of a boatload of resources Matador Travel offers to freelance writers and other stakeholders, such as NGOs. Moreover, Matador Travel’s scope is rapidly expanding. Tomorrow’s radio show will scoop the latest developments, such the launch of last night’s edition of Traverse Magazine (tag line: Inspiring World Travel).

Come join us.

SCORE Radio features an interview with Lisa Tolliver (SCORE Chapter 306) and Gerd Leonhard (Sonific)

August 7, 2007

Be sure to tune to SCORE Radio tomorrow when I interview Sonific CEO and music futurist, Gerd Leonhard. His books are listed below.

Business owners need not leave the office to benefit from SCORE services or PodCamp City Online

August 2, 2007

No matter how big the payoff might be, many small business owners have little time for off-site training or business counseling. That’s why two innovative resources are worth mentioning:  SCORE House Calls and PodCamp City Online

SCORE House Calls: As Chuck Auerbach describes in “Westchester SCORE expands services,” SCORE Westchester’s House Calls program is a new form of client outreach.  Instead of requiring clients to steal away from work to attend workshops or business counseling sessions, House Calls permits clients to receive valuable business counseling at their places of business.  Other SCORE services clients can receive at work (or at home) include: online training, and email and telephone counseling.

PodCamp City Online: Virtual conferencing – via teleconferences, talk- and text-based chat rooms, distance learning sessions, or all three combined –  is the newest form of New Media meet-up. Consequently, it is not surprising that podcamps – self-described “unconferences” about everything podcasting – would morph from gatherings at tangible brick and mortar conference facilities and shipboards, to  convenings held wholly online.  Posts by SCORE Counselor Lisa  Tolliver, whose online seminar at PodCamp City Online was entitled: “The Power of Podcasting for Performers, Artists, Talk Radio Hosts, and Entrepreneurs,” describe the first virtual podcamp and its benefits.

Recommended small business resources: PC Magazine and

July 22, 2007

PC Magazine and its website, – The Independent Guide to Technology, are treasure troves of trustworthy tech information. Two columns, in particular, are beneficial for small business and home office owners: “Expert Help – Tips, Tools & Solutions for the Internet Age” and “ @ Work – Small Business Center.”

PC Magazine is one of several offerings by Ziff-Davis Media.

On June 27, 2007, Lisa Tolliver and Movers and Shakers, Dario Vaccaro and Patricia Burgess, will discuss the business of dance on ‘SCORE Radio’

June 17, 2007

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Caption: Welcome to the Dario Vaccaro Dance Project (courtesy of Dario Vaccaro)


Dancers do it with rhythm, and often in groups. So do choreographers, musicians and composers.

Their performances, often seemingly effortless to spectators, can require months – even years – of training and preparation, not to mention substantial sweat equity and support. Those subjects, and the muses that move dancer/composer Dario Vaccaro and musician/composer/producer Patricia Burgess, will be the focus of the SCORE Radio program I’m hosting on June 27, 2007.

The show will air on New York Radio WVOX 1460 AM and at 11:30 AM – noon, Eastern Time. Listeners can also hear and share via telephone at (01) 914.636.0110.


Dario is one moving dude. His status as Cultural Ambassador of Argentina and other impressive credentials are right in step with the prestigious recognitions earned by his company, the Dario Vaccaro Dance Project.

Patricia deserves to be heard, too. The Founder and Creative Director of Water Moon Arts has received numerous awards and honorable recognitions for her compositions, performances and productions, some of which have been offered in collaboration with Dario. For example, on August 2, 2007 at 6:30 PM, Eastern Time, Patricia will be performing with the Dario Vaccaro Dance Project at Jacob’s Pillow.

I, as “Meet SCORE Counselor Lisa Tolliver” describes, volunteer as a business counselor and talk radio host with SCORE Chapter 306 in Westchester County, New York. In that capacity, I have worked with Dario and Patricia to harness traditional and digital media to promote their work, raise funds and interact with audiences.


Join Dario, Patricia and me on Wednesday, June 27 at 11:30AM – noon, Eastern Time. Here’s how:

  • Tune your radio to WVOX 1460 AM,
  • Listen live online at, or
  • Hear and share via telephone at (01) 914.636.0110.

After the broadcast, a podcast of the show will be accessible at this blog and at Lisa Tolliver On Air and Online.###

SCORE’s Wednesday Workshop on February 7, 2007: Internet Marketing

February 13, 2007

By Lisa Tolliver

Every Wednesday afternoon, SCORE Westchester hosts free workshops on various aspects of starting, financing and running a small business. The workshops convene from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM, Eastern Time at 120 Bloomingdale Road in White Plains, NY (the Department of Labor Building) on the second floor. There’s no need to register in advance, although one could, conveniently, schedule a free counseling session beforehand. (More about that, below.)

The February 7, 2007 Wednesday Workshop addressed Internet marketing. The instructors, Jim Barnett (who helped launch a wildly successful online business that sells designer fashions at cut-rate prices) and Herb Stanger (who manages the chapter website at, are both Internet gurus and seasoned SCORE counselors.

The web-savviness of the 20-or-so workshop participants ranged from inexperienced to expert, which made for some interesting exchanges. Attendees received, in addition to the instruction and discussion, informative handouts about Internet marketing and blogging.

The workshop participants, and others reading this post, might also benefit from the Internet Marketing and eBusiness resources available at, and Online Business 101.

SCORE counseling sessions are free and convenient. Face-to-face sessions can be held at a SCORE location or client’s place of business (SCORE Westchester makes “house calls”!). Clients can also receive counseling via telephone or email. To schedule an appointment, clients may phone the SCORE Westchester office at (914) 948-3907. Clients who need advice from counselors with a particular expertise may use the “Find a SCORE Counselor” tool at

SCORE clients, who would like to share their stories, are also welcome to apply to be interviewed on the SCORE Chapter 306 radio show on New York Radio WVOX 1460 AM. The program schedule is posted at

Hear and Share in the Chapter 306 Radio Show

February 3, 2007

By Lisa Tolliver

SCORE Chapter 306 (a.k.a. SCORE Westchester) broadcasts a talk show on New York Radio WVOX 1460 AM and The show, which is hosted on a rotating basis by a volunteer team of SCORE counselors, features interviews with chapter clients, subject matter experts and purveyors of resources that are relevant to small business owners.

You may visit the programming page to view our broadcast schedule.

Please contact us to suggest story ideas and provide feedback on our show.

SCORE Radio’s next guest is a knockout: boxing champion-turned-entrepreneur, Doug (“the Cobra”) DeWitt

February 2, 2007

By Lisa Tolliver

It’s going down! “It” is the Valentine’s Day match of 2007.

In one corner will be: three-time middleweight boxing world champion/trainer/actor Doug (“the Cobra”) DeWitt. In the other: SCORE Chapter 306 counselor, Chuck Auerbach. The men will face off across mics, not mats.

The venue: New York radio WVOX 1460 AM, not a ring. The time: 11:30 AM to high noon, Eastern.

For some, going rounds with the Cobra has been a challenge, if not a TKO. But this is a sweetheart of a match that Chuck (a heavy-hitter with SCORE Westchester) can handle. You see, Chuck will be interviewing Doug about the prizefighter’s “boxer’s workout” training program.

Here’s how Wikipedia\Doug_Dewitt describes the boxer’s business, Doug DeWitt’s Boxing Studio:

He offers extensive work on speed bag, heavy bag, and wall bag. The focus is to improve hand speed, coordination, and strength. Technique, punch combinations, and defensive movements are taught one-on-one with hand pad contact.

Incorporated into the training is an intensive cardio workout with jump rope repetition, lightweight training, and use of the medicine ball. Footwork and ring movement are also taught.

Class format is specifically designed to be a “boxer’s workout.” The training for both men and women is modified to each individual’s capabilities.

Among those trained [have been]: Doug LaBassa, Anthony Scagleone, Tim Herlihy, John Norrison, Julien LaScala, [and] Mario Penzarri.

Doug trains both children and adults., describes the children’s classes thusly:

The Ultimate Way To Build Confidence, Self-Esteem, Develop Self-Discipline, Self-Control, and Athletic Skills, While Having Lots of Fun!

DeWitt’s site describes the adult classes as “a complete workout for men and women. […] Classes are offered in a group setting or scheduled one-on-one to accommodate the student’s schedule.”

Come join the fray. Tune your radio to WVOX 1460 AM, listen live online at, or phone the call-in line: (01) 914.636.0110.

The countdown has begun. Let’s get ready to rumble!