SCORE celebrates 50; local TCBY owner names new location in RiverGate

Here’s what’s happening in Charlotte-area small-business circles:

This year, SCORE marks its 50th anniversary of counseling entrepreneurs and small business owners on starting or expanding their companies.

A national nonprofit organization, SCORE formed in 1964 as the Service Corp of Retired Executives. Charlotte SCORE joined a year later. Today, with many volunteer advisers active in their own businesses, the group is known as America’s Counselors to Small Business.

SCORE says it has helped more than 10 million aspiring entrepreneurs. In 2013, Charlotte volunteers met with almost 4,000 individuals for mentoring, seminars and workshops, according to chapter President Bill Baker.

Counselors work out of the Small Business Administration office, located at 6302 Fairview Road, Suite 300. To schedule a session, or to volunteer, go to, email, or call 704-344-6576.


TCBY franchise owner Sam Batt, who owns 16 locations in the Charlotte market, says his 17th spot is under way. He’ll have 27 stores overall. Construction begins this month on a new store at the Shops at RiverGate in Steele Creek.

Batt also is celebrating being selected by TCBY corporate as its International Franchise Association’s Franchisee of the Year.

He opened the company’s first self-serve shop in April 2010 in south Charlotte’s Colony Place Shopping Center. TCBY embraced the trend, and credits Batt with reinvigorating the company.


JHE Production Group in Harrisburg, an entertainment experience company, acquired Charlotte-based Total Event Production in a deal announced last week. Financial details weren’t disclosed.

The two companies have worked together before, on events during the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, and on opening ceremonies for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

JHE is now launching a corporate event production division. “Creating a new JHE division that integrates Total Event Production’s expertise and extensive equipment allows us the opportunity to offer existing and potential clients a more diverse skill set,” JHE President Jay Howard said in a statement.