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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Be That Person Inc.

Coffman chose SCORE because it was one of the few programs available to organizations that had not yet filed for 501(c)3 status. Coffman worked with SCORE mentor Barb Ellerbrook. Read more

Nakia Coffman
Executive Director, Be That Person Inc.
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Access Advocates

Falstad first sought out mentoring from SCORE in 2011. SCORE mentors helped Falstad develop the basic structure for his business, preparing him to rebrand as Access Advocates. Read more

Hank Falstad
Access Advocates
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Dental Lace, Inc.

As Breau was getting ready to launch, she found SCORE. She says, “I was a little nervous sharing my idea with a stranger and a successful business person. Then I met my mentor. Read more

Jodi Breau
Dental Lace, Inc.
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Alliance for Positive Change (Alliance)

In 2010 the impacts of the economic recession presented Duke and Alliance with new, unfamiliar challenges. Read more

Sharen Duke
Founder, Alliance for Positive Change (Alliance)
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Guiding Harbor

“We have a small staff size, so any time we have turnover it is felt across the agency,” Lessnau says. Read more

Maria Lessnau
CEO, Guiding Harbor
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The Resale Shop

SCORE mentor Ted Brooks helped Steward write a business plan and a cash flow spreadsheet. Brooks also assisted in creating job descriptions for the manager and volunteers. Read more

Lisa Steward
Founder, The Resale Shop
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Goals for Growth

Childs meets with his mentor, Bob Whitfield, about once every three months. Bob has helped him develop the structure of the nonprofit that Childs wants to start. Read more

Corey Childs
Founder, Goals for Growth
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DiepCFoundation

Coutee meets with her mentor, Nancy Hessney about once a month. Hessney introduced her to Guidestar, a service that reports on U.S. nonprofits. Read more

Terri Coutee
DiepCFoundation
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Faith Equestrian Therapeutic Center

FETC is now celebrating 11 years of serving our community. We now have an annual budget of over $200,000 and serve 150 children. Read more

Bonnie Rachael
Owner/CEO, Faith Equestrian Therapeutic Center
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One Community Auto

Peterson started with the Startup Basics Workshop to get a broad understanding of what was needed to run a small business. Read more

Gary Peterson
Owner, One Community Auto
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The Undies Project

Volunteer mentor Brian Jarvis helped Langley and Delaflor take the first steps in launching The Undies Project and advised them to host their first drive. Read more

Lucy Langley and Laura Delaflor
Founders, The Undies Project

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