How SCORE Helped: 

Company: Cure[ate]

Type of Business: Food & Drink Marketing to Grow and Scale Your Business

Submitted by: Kim Bryden

W: http://www.cureate.co/

Address: 1160 1st Street NE, Washington DC 20002

What we do: Cure[ate] works with up and coming food & beverage companies on their growth and scaling strategies through marketing and business development, as well as brands looking to connect with their target audiences through food & drink.

What would we buy with a $1,000 award from Sam's Club?

One of Cure[ate]’s initiatives is called “The Taste Kitchen.” The Taste Kitchen is a venue for small business owners to showcase new products to hand-picked individuals each month. Cure[ate] then produces an analysis on participants feedback and creates a marketing strategy for the upcoming quarter to help guide the small businesses next steps. This money would go towards food costs & video equipment to produce more community initiatives to engage & help grow these small businesses.

How would we benefit from a year of SCORE mentoring and coaching?

My SCORE mentor, Karen, has helped Cure[ate] immensely through her background of financial forecasting, creating scalable products, and her overall connections and passion for the food & beverage industry. As I help other companies grow and scale, it’s great to know I have someone I can count on for solid advice as I grow and scale my own company. I can’t speak highly enough of Karen and the help she’s provided me through SCORE.”

SCORE is the perfect partner to help Cure[ate] grow and scale to the next level nationwide. All small business owners need help with strategizing, and I need an outside eye to help with my growth as I think through the process of scaling.

The SCORE Mentor says:  Kim came to SCORE in August 2014 just as she was starting her business, Cure[ate].  Her company works with food & beverage companies on their growth strategy through marketing and business development, and with businesses looking to connect with their target audience through food & drink.  We have worked together on a standard consulting contract and value-added pricing.  In addition, I was able to connect Kim with some local food and beverage contacts that she didn’t previously have.   Kim is passionate about food, and her enthusiasm is catching!   Kim’s blog announcing her win can be found at:  http://www.cureate.co/blog/

SCORE Mentor Contact: Karen Williams
E: Karen.williams@scorevolunteer.org

 

Company: Instructural LLC

Type of Business: Instructional Consulting, Education

Submitted by: Maxie Gluckman

W: http://www.instructural.com

Address: 390 N. Edison Street, Arlington, VA 22203

What we do: Our instructional products and consulting services focus on our clients’ most critical issues and needs: strategy, organization, training, technology, curriculum, and support, across all instructional providers and geographies. We work to understand the reality and deliver true results, aligning our incentives and the structure of our delivery with our clients’ objectives—this way they know we are in it together.

What would we buy with a $1,000 award from Sam's Club?

I will us the award to buy a video camera to be able to host teacher-training sessions from a distance. What remains will be used to purchase school supplies to donate to the schools I support. The $1,000 I save in business expenses will be used for 6 months of living expenses while on-site working in Central America.

How would we benefit from a year of SCORE mentoring and coaching?

Instructural's impact has so far been limited to the schools we find through "word-of-mouth." SCORE's diverse trainings and my personalized mentoring by Karen Williams from the DC branch, has been essential in walking me through the steps it takes to become a certified Women Owned Business. During this year of coaching I hope to learn how to best expand my networks through social media, develop and implement a successful business plan, and utilize the resources provided through federal contracts.

SCORE mentoring for me has been an incredible gift that I stumbled on while weeding through the piles and piles of requirements and programs related to starting a small business. From the moment I walked in the door of the DC office, I felt welcomed. I have experienced personalized attention and support that has guided me step-by-step through the process of establishing Instructural as a WOB and beginning to build my clientele. For my mentor Karen Williams, no question is to trivial and time and time again she proves that she truly cares about my long term business success. Thank you SCORE and I look forward to continuing to learn from your wealth of resources and experience!

SCORE Mentor Contact: Karen Williams
E: Karen.williams@scorevolunteer.org