Each SCORE Westchester small business advisor volunteers his or her time and expertise for one reason: because he or she is truly interesting in contributing to the success of local businesses. These dedicated men and women have experienced their share of business achievement and they wish to pay it forward so that new and growing businesses may flourish. You can be sure that their advice is always unbiased and motivated by your best interests, as there is never any fee for their counsel.
Recently, a client said the following of his experience working with a SCORE small business mentor, “I find SCORE volunteers very knowledgeable and very helpful. They are eager to assist in the development or improvement of my business.”
As gratifying as it is to receive praise from our clients, it is even more rewarding to hear their success stories.
Read about some of our recent SCORE small business mentoring client successes below.
Success That Fits Like a Glove: The Story of Foxgloves, Inc.
It all started when Harriet Zbikowski’s gloves didn’t fit. Harriet is a landscape architect and horticulturist. She was frustrated with gardening gloves that were too big and bulky. Even worse, conventional garden gloves wore out too quickly. Necessity is the mother of invention, and after much research, Harriet designed her own snug-fitting durable garden gloves. They look and feel great, and they’re made to last.
The next step? Harriet needed to bring her product to market.
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Small Business Counseling that Works: The Story of Howie Marketing and Consulting
We asked Lydia to share her SCORE small business success story. Here’s what she had to say:
I was an executive director of a non-profit organization and had decided that I wanted to start my own firm to provide marketing and fundraising services to non-profits. I knew marketing and fundraising but did not have a clue about running my own business. I attended a SCORE presentation at Westchester Community College, and decided to contact SCORE and work with a small business coach.“
Making Business Dreams a Reality: The Story of Jenny George Designs, Inc.
We asked Jenny’s small business coach to pinpoint the ways SCORE helped Jenny with her business plan.
A well thought out, achievable business plan addresses many issues, including proper capitalization, improving inventory turn to increase profitability, dumping slow moving inventories and continually bringing out new styles. I believe I instilled in Jenny a stronger understanding of financial statements.“