Browse through these SCORE mentoring success stories to learn more about the small businesses we've helped. Use the filters below to browse stories by business topic, entrepreneur type, business stage, or industry. Once you've learned how we've helped others, sign up for your mentor today.

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Mike Mariola Restaurants

Mariola sought mentoring from SCORE after a colleague suggested that he find a business mentor with restaurant-specific experience. Read more

Mike Mariola
Mike Mariola Restaurants
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Status Men’s Accessories

SCORE mentor Peter Ryerson pointed Mauro in the right direction with an aggressive networking campaign. The goal, Ryerson told Mauro, was to meet 3,000 people. Read more

Jim Mauro
Status Men’s Accessories
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Wash Land

Markeson calls SCORE mentor Peter Ryerson his “life coach.” He says, “I can sometimes get wrapped up in my day-to-day and he will call me and check to see where I am on ‘number thr Read more

Chris Markeson
Wash Land
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Fast Signs

SCORE has not only helped Ed grow a business, but has also helped plan for his eventual retirement. “We talked about an exit strategy. Read more

Ed Gonzales
Ed Gonzales, Fast Signs
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The Butterfly Lady & Company

SCORE helped Connie with many challenges over the years, including competing with more profitable businesses with larger client bases and changing federal Fish and Wildlife laws an Read more

Connie Hurt
Founder, The Butterfly Lady & Company
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E-Business Experts

During his sessions with volunteer mentor Judith Edwards, who recommended a company called SiteSell, which offered training for building a successful website for an online business Read more

Douglas Lee
Owner, E-Business Experts
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BalloFlex Fitness

By the time Buckeye came to SCORE for support, she already had a business plan, website, marketing collateral and state business registration. Read more

Julie Buckeye
Owner, BalloFlex Fitness
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Stride, Inc.

Back in the 80s, when Barbara was starting out on her own, SCORE helped with machinery and mechanical problems. Read more

Kerry Bertram
Owner, Stride, Inc.
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NKO Global Security Solutions

Olivas attended several SCORE workshops and worked with SCORE mentor William Woods on developing a business plan. He and Williams continue to meet regularly. Read more

Luis Olivas
Owner, NKO Global Security Solutions
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Barley Labs

Chu and Beaudry worked with SCORE mentor Maxine Stern as they launched their business in 2012. “We didn’t want to jump into entrepreneurship blindly,” says Chu. Read more

Scott Beaudry and Theresa Chu
Co-Owners, Barley Labs
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Troy Psychotherapy

Several SCORE mentors helped Babushkin open a second location for his business in downtown Detroit. Read more

Anton Babushkin
Owner, Troy Psychotherapy

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