See how we have helped small businesses in our community

SCORE 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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Hairstylist Turned Full-Time CEO

My mentor, Rick, who had a previous business in manufacturing/trade, was the perfect SCORE mentor for my business. Personally not having a background in owning a business, Rick... Read more

Keera Belviy
CEO, Vital Wetsuits
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Expanding our Connections

SCORE has kept us connected with other organizations, and keeps us updated about resources offered in the community for our growth. Read more

Carolina Franco
President, CreArte Latino Cultural Center
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11X Growth in 14 Months

I met weekly with my mentors at first. They helped me with client service agreements, bookkeeping, recommending books to read, identifying my target market, coaching around hiring... Read more

Jordan Owens
Owner, Caregivers United
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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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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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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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The Translation Link

After learning that there was a terrific need for translation services in Florida's Manatee and Sarasota Counties, Alina began investigating business resources to help start her... Read more

Alina Mugford
The Translation Link