See how we have helped small businesses in our community

The SCORE Chattanooga chapter has produced numerous Success Stories. These are businesses that have been tracked over time and have succeeded due largely to SCORE mentor involvement. Let’s develop a mentoring relationship for you and your business and create another Success Story.

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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TIFF's Initiative 15 Year Anniversary

Mentor helps develop the plans and strategies to help TIFF be successful in registering over 19 million Floridians in the Emergency Contact Information System and help get the... Read more

Christine Olson
Founder/President, TIFF's Initiative
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The Makers Market and Workshops

Having no previous business experience, we did not know where to start. We started with researching, and were directed toward SCORE for mentorship. If it were not for this program... Read more

Jennifer Bade and Jennifer Gunter
Co-Owners, The Makers Market and Workshops
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Commercial Energy Systems

SCORE mentor Pat Loftus helped Jim Wolff, the owner, refocus his business model and grow the company’s internal resources, doubling his equipment acquisitions and employee base.... Read more

Jim Wolff
Commercial Energy Systems, LLC
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Sisters for Seniors

Since neither of the sisters had owned a formal business before, they know there was a lot they didn’t know about running a successful company. They attended several workshops... Read more

Stacey Kroll and Stephanie Steffens
Owners, Sisters for Seniors
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Avalon Biomed

As an engineer working as an entrepreneur, Primus had to determine the best way to market her business — and make sure that business was FDA-compliant — with minimal funding. She... Read more

Carolyn Primus
2017 Client of the Year, Avalon Biomed
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The Creativity Queen

Laura Dessauer decided to put her master's degree in art therapy to use aiding children through her Sarasota business, Creativity Queen LLC. Laura met with Manasota SCORE mentor... Read more

Laura Dessauer
Founder, The Creativity Queen
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United Drone

Powers, an Army Reserve Black Hawk pilot, was introduced to SCORE when he attended a business planning workshop and worked closely with SCORE mentors as he explored starting a... Read more

United Drone Services
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Bounce Down Under

Their main SCORE mentor was Tom Latimer whose background included helping to manage a large manufacturing business. Latimer brought in a second SCORE mentor, Bob Melberth, who had... Read more

Bounce Down Under
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Laptop Butler

William H. and Mary R. Merritt, owners of Sarasota-based Laptop Butler, were inspired to create the product by a commuter’s complaint about trying to manage a cup of hot tea and a... Read more

Laptop Butler, LLC
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Chism Manufacturing Solutions, LLC

Chism acknowledges that the company continues to benefit from the assistance of Manasota SCORE mentor Richard “King” Barnard. Barnard has worked with Chism over the past four... Read more

Chism Manufacturing Solution LLC
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Real Woods

Daryl and Maggie Alsum met with a team of Mentors, led by Dick Radt, to plan out how to restructure Real Woods so that their company could be profitable in the tightest of... Read more

Daryl & Maggie Alsum
Real Woods