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Local Business Owners Acknowledged at SCORE Lancaster Open House

May 20, 2011

Small Business Award Recipients at SCORE Lancaster Open HouseSCORE Lancaster presented awards to five Lancaster businesses and organizations at the SCORE annual Open House and Luncheon on April 28. The event is held each year and honors clients of SCORE Lancaster who have created and sustained successful businesses in Lancaster County. This is the third year of the awards luncheon, held at Liberty Place.

This year’s award recipients are:


Dr. Keith Zimmerman, owner of River Valley Animal Health & Production veterinary clinic in Columbia, PA. Dr. Zimmerman attended the Kauffman FastTrac program, a 12-week educational course co-sponsored by SCORE and ASSETS Lancaster, for business startups. As a Kauffman First Steps FastTrac graduate, Dr. Zimmerman added knowledge about business ownership and management to his veterinary skills, and was able to successfully open, develop and grow his practice in a sluggish economy.

Kevin Brown and James Futty, owners of The Fridge, a new business that will open soon at 534 N. Mulberry St. in Lancaster City. The owners came to SCORE Lancaster for mentoring as they developed their business idea and put together the structure, development and financing to get it launched. The Fridge is a fresh craft beer and fresh artisan flatbread pizza establishment that will feature hundreds of unique craft beers and micro-brews from around the world. SCORE Lancaster, Community First Fund and The City of Lancaster all collaborated to support this plan.


Dawn Cox, owner of Prana Functional Manual Therapy on Prince Street in Lancaster.

Prana is a holistic physical therapy center that opened in January of 2009. Ms. Cox utilized the free services at SCORE Lancaster to help learn and implement effective business practices and processes. She continues to learn and share best practices by participating in SCORE Lancaster’s networking program. In one year she has grown her business, expanded her staff and identified new services to offer.

Dr. Brenda Becker, Superintendent of Schools for the Hempfield School District. For the past two years, Dr. Becker has used the free professional mentoring services of SCORE Lancaster to help find solutions to marketing and communications issues facing the school district. With SCORE’s help, Hempfield School District has been at the forefront in moving forward and continuing to provide an excellent educational program and value for its community.

John Frey, Executive Director of The Center for Dairy Excellence in Harrisburg, PA. The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture developed this non-profit organization in 2004 to enhance the profitability of the dairy industry in Pennsylvania. Through a partnership with SCORE Lancaster’s business mentoring services, dairy farmers in Lancaster County have learned and applied effective business practices to help them manage their farms as profitable, sustaining businesses.

More than 100 people, including state representatives, mayors, and representatives from many Lancaster organizations devoted to promoting economic development in Lancaster  County, attended the award luncheon.

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