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Mayor Gray Addresses Lancaster SCORE

March 25, 2009

Mayor Richard Gray of Lancaster PA

Mayor Richard Gray

March 17, 2009 Lancaster, PA

Mayor Richard Gray spoke to SCORE members recently about the ‘state of the city’ and the challenges he faces in financing the services provided to citizens throughout the county.

Mayor Gray also discussed the rennaisance that is occurring in downtown Lancaster and he stressed the importance of small business to the Lancaster economy. 

Importantly, Mayor Gray endorsed SCORE’s new micro-loan partnership with the city, urging SCORE counselors to find and qualify more candidates for these city-issued business loans.  The Lancaster micro-loan program works this way:

* Loans from the city of Lancaster are for up to $10,000 for businesses in the city

* Candidate loan  recipients agree to work with SCORE to complete business education workshops and to write a business plan

* Candidate business plans are reviewed by a panel of SCORE experts and revised as necessary and until ready for presentation to the city – sort of a “seal of approval”

* Following city approval the loan, the recipient agrees to work with SCORE for at least two years to help assure the success of the venture.

For more information about the micro-loan program, or about other SCORE services and resources for small business contact SCORE on the Web at or call us at 717-397-3092 or visit SCORE offices at Liberty Place, 313 West Liberty, Suite 231,Lancaster on weekdays between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. steven hansen 9yrs old permalink
    May 11, 2009 10:30 pm

    Thank You Mayor Gray For The Autographed Picture of You For My School Project.


  2. charliecrystle permalink
    June 30, 2009 2:11 am

    I sent a friend to SCORE. He called to make an appointment, and the guy who answered dissed his idea from the outset. I would expect that your role is to help people think through their ideas and plans, not to dismiss them outright. I’m not inclined to make further referrals.

    • July 4, 2009 3:00 pm

      SCORE seeks to help people with their business ideas and plans.

      We are sorry that your friend thought his idea was being “dissed.” SCORE Lancaster policy is to request that people register before an appointment is scheduled. Once registered, SCORE tries to match the client with the volunteer best able to help. There should not be any discussion of the merits of the business idea by the person who has phone answering duty.

      We’re also sorry to hear that you do not feel you can make any more referrals to SCORE based on your friends reported perception of his initial phone inquiry.

  3. charliecrystle permalink
    October 21, 2009 9:22 am

    He was very specific about the phone conversation, which happened just a few days before he discussed it with me. The SCORE person on the phone said something to the effect that he should not start a restaurant, etc, etc. He was very discouraged. Perhaps this was an isolated issue.

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