The first-ever SCORE Awards honors the success of America’s small businesses in a time of economic recovery.
SCORE honored Kim Haas, owner of Haas Media LLC, with the Outstanding Minority-owned Business Award. Haas Media is a communications company providing media consulting, community outreach, educational initiatives, training and editing services. Her firm provides English, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian translation for corporations, government agencies, small businesses, nonprofits and community organizations.
Haas combined her love of languages and cultures with communications and started her Milwaukee-based business in 2003. After relocating to New York City in 2006, one of the first things she did was contact SCORE’s Manhattan office. “I’d learned about SCORE while living in Milwaukee,” Haas says. “Anyone even thinking about starting a business should check out SCORE. They give you great insights on things to think about. And, it’s always nice to have someone in your corner who’s always there for you.”
Check out all the SCORE award winners.
Today’s tough economy calls for using every tool in our toolbox to keep our businesses growing. Personally, I think women entrepreneurs have a couple of advantages here.
First, we tend to be more intuitive—more willing to go with our gut to come up with creative solutions for doing things differently. Second, we’re more willing to share advice and ideas with others—and to learn from others, whether that means our colleagues, employees or customers. So take advantage of this fact and start gathering ideas from every source you can think of. That could mean using an online survey tool, holding a focus group, brainstorming with your staff, picking your best customers’ brains over lunch or talking to other business owners in an online or offline community. Find out what your customers want, what your employees think and how other entrepreneurs are handling tough times. Then, use your creativity to make this knowledge work for you.