Here are a few local small businesses that found success with help from SCORE mentors. Find your mentor today!

PharmaCycle Wins Johns Hopkins Business Plan Competition

Ike Unegbu is a SCORE DC client who was recognized as a winner in the 2018 Johns Hopkins Business Plan competition. Read more

Mira Jean Designs

Hougen sought out a SCORE mentor a year after establishing her business.

Civility Management Solutions

“I wanted to ensure that I had the best foundation for developing success from the very beginning,” Artis says.

Outstanding Woman-Owned Small Business Award - Copiosity

“The first expertise we sought was a SCORE mentor,” Harrison says.

Outstanding Job-Creator Award - Barkly

The Barkly team worked with Hal Shelton, who met with the co-founders monthly to discuss raising capital and scaling the business.

Outstanding Green Small Business Award - Zeponic Farms, LLC

“Without Len’s mentorship, Zeponic Farms would still be in the planning phase,” Zepf says, crediting volunteer Len Johnson for helping Zeph overcome the steep learning curve of sta

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Chip’s Wine and Beer Market

Laura and Phil wanted to purchase Chip’s Wine and Beer from its previous owner during a time when banks weren’t giving out many small business loans. Read more

Laura and Phil Wayland
Chip’s Wine and Beer Market
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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. Read more

Jim Mauro
Status Men’s Accessories
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Bob Lepper

SCORE mentor Don Wheeler advised Lepper during the growth phase of his business and was there for him during the sale as well. Read more

Bob Lepper
Owner, Bob Lepper
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Great Scott Business Ventures

SCORE mentor Frances Fisher helped Scott determine how to valuate his business before he purchased it. Read more

John Scott III
Great Scott Business Ventures
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Shaker Farms Country Club

SCORE mentors helped with the important first step: determining whether the business could ever be profitable before Kotowitz committed to buying the country club. Read more

Nancy Kotowitz
Owner, Shaker Farms Country Club
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Zaxx Computer Specialists

For Moreno, SCORE’s help was fundamental to his success. “Never doing this before, I kind of hit this blind. Read more

Ed Moreno
Owner, Zaxx Computer Specialists
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Mélange Bridal

Hernandez initially sought advice about buying the business and her mentor, Cellia Bell, both encouraged her and pointed out potential trouble spots. Read more

Ivana Hernandez
Owner, Mélange Bridal
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Vegan Distribution

According to Lu, Grunat has not only helped to address her specific business questions, but has also generally instilled Lu with an improved business mindset. “Based on discussions Read more

Sharon Lu
Owner, Vegan Distribution
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College Hunks Hauling Junk & Moving of Northern Virginia

Westerman sought out SCORE’s guidance during his due-diligence period researching franchising opportunities, where volunteer mentors Richard Rose and Len Briskman offered their exp Read more

Brad Westerman
Franchisee, College Hunks Hauling Junk & Moving of Northern Virginia
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All American Marine

Matt has always stressed that he did a business plan for every business he got into, before he would even consider the business. Read more

Matt and Nina Mullett
Owners, All American Marine
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Top of the List

Mapes met with volunteer mentor Daniel Butler to discuss all aspects of selling a business. Read more

Beverly Mapes
Owner, Top of the List

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