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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. He worked with Robert Earp, meeting with him... 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. He started by... 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... 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. That’s very important, you have to talk... 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... 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... 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. She sought advice about her... Read more

Julie Buckeye
Owner, BalloFlex Fitness
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Covid-19 made me do it: How I pivoted my business during the pandemic.

I’ve been lucky to have my SCORE mentor for over a year now. She has served as a steady guide by keeping me on track with my business goals.  Read more

Christine Elder
Sole Proprietor, Christine Elder Illustration & Design
Sway-Oh icon with product name
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What To Do With An Idea? Make It A Reality With Help From SCORE!

I am fortunate to have several amazing SCORE mentors. I found Dana Connon on the SCORE website, sent her an email, and then set up an in-person meeting. Dana offered resources,... Read more

Shirley Washington
Inventor/Founder, Sway-Oh, LLC
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Building Business and Legacy

SCORE has helped me by defining the role to take in my business and how to work on my business instead of the day-to-day functions. They even recruited me to be a SCORE volunteer. Read more

Dr. Lisa R. McGuthry
CEO/Boutique Boss, Our Favorite Things Boutique & Event Center
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From new business to Oregon Bride Magazine's Best Wedding Planner and All Around Vendor

Almost every year, we've been able to achieve our financial goals, our number of wedding goals, and our growth goals. Even though this past year has been incredibly rough on the... Read more

Briana Denman
Owner, Planner , The Indigo Bride
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Admin_on-Call, LLC SCORE Success Story

SCORE has played an intricate part in the development of Admin-On-Call, LLC business journey. My first encounter with SCORE was in 1999-2000 while living in Richmond, VA. I... Read more

Eileen L. Collins
Founder/CEO, Admin-On-Call, LLC

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