The Savvy Entrepreneur Radio Show recently was joined live in the studio of WLCB Lakes Radio 101.5 FM by Mark Goodman, CEO/President of e-Conversation Solutions and a long-time SCORE volunteer.

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Mark Goodman & Doris Nagel at WLCB Radio Sept 28 2019

Testimonials From Some of Our Many Satified Clients

From TT Medical Testing Lab Founder/Owner:

What has been the greatest benefit of your mentoring experience?

SO MANY. I THINK IT’S AMAZING THAT SO MANY CAPABLE ADVISORS ARE WILLING TO DONATE THEIR TIME TO HELP SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS. EVERY MENTOR I’VE SPOKEN WITH HAS GENUINELY CARED ABOUT HELPING ME. BY VISITING WITH A NUMBER OF THEM I WAS ABLE TO FIND SOMEONE WHO IS THE BEST FIT FOR ME AND MY NEEDS.

What would you suggest to other entrepreneurs and business owners relative to the value of seeking advice from SCORE mentors?

MANY ENTREPRENEURS AND SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS ARE FLYING SOLO, WITH NO PLAYBOOK. YOU WON’T LIVE LONG ENOUGH TO MAKE ALL THE MISTAKES YOURSELF. WE ALL HAVE BLIND SPOTS TOO. WHY NOT LEARN FROM SOMEONE WHO’S BEEN THERE?

From MR, Custom Re-upholsterer Founder/Owner:

What has been the greatest benefit of your mentoring experience?

Becoming comfortable pricing my products at a level consistent with the effort and imagination I invest in them. My furniture actually sells faster at a higher price point. I'd heard of that phenomenon in relation to wine - most people don't want to feel like they are putting cheap wine on the table, so wine sells better at higher prices because consumers feel that they are investing their money in something special and of value. It was uncomfortable at first, but my mentor pushed me to price higher and I'm so glad I followed his advice. I've also gained a more cohesive view of the trajectory of my business. I know where I want it to go and I am confident I can direct it there.

What would you suggest to other entrepreneurs and business owners relative to the value of seeking advice from SCORE mentors?

I feel I can't even place a value on what I've gained, because it is exponential. My mentor's advice is a critical part of the foundation upon which my business is growing. I will generate more profit on every piece of furniture I sell, and every custom upholstery job I do because my mentor helped me to price my products appropriately at this stage of the game. I am so fortunate that I received solid business advice in the early stages. I really believe it is the difference between success and burnout/failure. SCORE provided an accessible and affordable way for me to strengthen my skills on the business vs. creative side. There really has to be a balance. 

Do you have any other thoughts to share about your SCORE mentoring experience and how it has helped you and your business?  

I initially signed up for a SCORE mentor with one goal in mind - to learn to understand the Illinois ST-1 sales tax form and fill it out appropriately. I really had no idea what I was in for. I did become comfortable with the ST-1 form with the help of another mentor, who is an accountant. During my first meeting with my mentor, he told me not to worry, the ST-1 is important, but not the most important thing to consider, and it is completely doable. He put me in touch with another mentor, who is an accountant, within a matter of days and freed my mind to pay attention to the larger picture. My mentor has years of business experience to my couple of flailing years. I am glad that I am smart enough to see what I don't know and to accept the help of someone who does. I fell very fortunate that SCORE provides me this opportunity.

From DS, Audiology Practice Owner:

What has been the greatest benefit of your mentoring experience?

My mentor really listened to what I was saying when we met for the first time.  He designed a specific plan of action intended to rebuild my business.  The strategy included detailed goals with a timeline that was attainable.  The strategy was exceptionally comprehensive with descriptions that got to the source of the obstacles my business was confronted with.  The plan was emailed to me right after my first meeting!!  My mentor never said, “Why are you doing this?” or This will never work!”  He just got right to work and put together a plan designed to guide me out of a very vulnerable business situation. 

What would you suggest to other entrepreneurs and business owners relative to the value of seeking advice from SCORE mentors?

I would suggest that other entrepreneurs and business owners get started without delay by contacting a mentor to schedule an appointment.  It is also important to stay on track and use their valuable professional experience by following through on their expert advice.

Do you have any other thoughts to share about your SCORE mentoring experience and how it has helped you and your business?

I am so grateful that my friend referred me to the SCORE organization.  I only wish that I had scheduled a meeting sooner.  My SCORE mentor also arranged for a follow up meeting with other professionals/mentors to give me more specific guidance on accounting issues.  Imagine having access to a group of successful business professionals with extensive experience, providing expert advice as a group!! These professionals are genuinely interested in providing assistance and encouraging success in your business.  They understand the heartfelt intentions entrepreneurs embrace for doing what they do!!