Success Stories

SCORE Presses for Success with Minuteman

Today it’s lean times financially for many small businesses, and for some it’s simply become just a great labor to remain profitable.

Jeanne Salisbury had met challenging times before. While raising five children, she apprenticed for 14 years at her sister-in-law’s printing business, Rapid Printing in North Providence.

It’s a laughing matter now, she recalls, but it was humbling at first, for Salisbury knew very little about printing and less about computers, never mind that she had never turned one on. Over time she grew enough in her trade to consider starting her own printing business.

She eventually did, purchasing a Minuteman Press franchise in Pawtucket. Then the recession hit hard in 2008. Through diminished returns, her enterprise struggled but survived. This year was worse. The end, despite her hopeful nature, appeared near. Rather

than closing doors, though, she called the Small Business Administration (SBA) in Providence for... Read More

Joe and Brenda Baginski are serial entrepreneurs. The Providence couple has operated five businesses over the past 20 years. The latest, Professional Ambulance, is a medical transportation firm headquartered in Providence.

The Baginskis launched their journey into entrepreneurship in 1990 when they purchased a small factory and opened a costume jewelry company. That firm eventually employed 50 people before the jewelry businesses evaporated in the United States and drifted offshore, mainly to Asia. The factory closed in 1998. That same year Joe and Brenda opened a check-cashing business in a small office at the front of the factory.

That check-cashing business once handled about $15 million annually. Those were the days before electronic transfers and the direct deposit of payroll and government payments. Joe believes that the check-cashing business will go away, much like the jewelry industry in America.

They have sold cell phones in a kiosk at a... Read More

From the industrial city of Medellin, in her native Columbia, Sandra McNamara came to America and the Rhode Island Small Business Development Center (SBDC) with the enthusiasm of an entrepreneur, and a desire to teach those who wanted to be one.

At RISBDC in Providence, as a marketing and training director, she would teach the fundamentals of small business to classrooms of multi-cultural students. Later, she counseled small business aspirants at the former Gibbs College in Cranston. Sandra, who recognized that American companies were rapidly expanding into the Latino market, eventually became an independent small business owner herself, opening CONTEXT Translations and Consulting in 2007.

Sandra promotes her skill as a bilingual journalist and marketing specialist to draw clients. She translates mainly for book publishers, website designers and marketing companies, from English to Spanish, or vice versa; she consults with small businesses in marketing and... Read More

       Juana Horton is always on the go.  From one meeting to the next, she blurs to the casual observer as she enters yet another boardroom to chair a committee, and later exits on the run to her translation business.      Juana is the picture-perfect profile of a successful woman entrepreneur who created a small business from the ground up, and a civic minded volunteer who serves in her community to help others do the same. For that, and other contributions to the development of women in small business, the industrious president and CEO of Horton Interpreting Services, Inc., was selected as the 2011 Rhode Island and New England Woman in Business Champion of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration.      Operating from a humble beginning in her East Providence home and headquarters — counting herself a workforce of one — her interpreting and translation business, which began in 1994, has grown to 30 full-time workers and over 50 consultants, and is located... Read More

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