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SCORE has produced numerous Success Stories. These are businesses that have been tracked over time and have succeeded due largely to SCORE mentor involvement. Let’s develop a mentoring relationship for you and your business and create another Success Story.

Browse through these SCORE mentoring success stories to learn more about the small businesses we've helped. Use the filters below to browse stories by business topic, entrepreneur type, business stage, or industry. Once you've learned how we've helped others, sign up for your mentor today.

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From the Rockies of Wyoming, a unique approach to weather monitoring and alerting using AI has come onto the scene to help companies watch the weather in real-time. Read more

Marcus Curley
CEO, FrostyFlake
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Launching a STEM Toy Company in A Pandemic

My SCORE mentors were critical to my success in launching a STEM Toy company during a pandemic. David Wild, Mary Couzin, Gene Murtha, Elizabeth Hauer, Bruce Ronner, and Bob... Read more

Kristel Bell
Founder & CEO, STEM Generation LLC
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Total Writing Enrichment

The SCORE North Cool and Lake Counties Chapter service I use the most is meeting with my SCORE mentor, Mark Lieberman, and gaining his perspective on strategies and tasks for ... Read more

Amy Haskell
President, Total Writing Enrichment
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Wing Tsun Illinois

As a new martial arts business owner struggling to survive and make my business successful in the pandemic, SCORE has been amazing in helping me and my business partner to overcome Read more

Sifu Eric C Galicia
President, Wing Tsun Illinois
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Beyond Bingo

Oh my goodness. How they have helped.  Books, additional experts they have brought in, suggestions, work lists, and of course, my mentors. Read more

Colleen Koziara
CEO, Beyond Bingo
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The Butterfly Within

Lindsey Frank has loved butterflies since she was a child: she envisions the butterfly as a symbol of possibilities, growth, and courage to discover our wings. Read more

Lindsey Frank
CEO, The Butterfly Within, LLC.
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From a Waiter to a CEO

I'm a successful entrepreneur. I have 27 employees and my business will sell over $10mm in tea in 2021. Read more

Patrick Tannous
President, Tiesta Tea Company
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Kat the Farmer LLC

Plan for more success than you could imagine! Every idea you have could take off, then what? You'll have to choose, hone, and perfect things so that you love your job more every ye Read more

Kat Johnson
Owner, Kat the Farmer LLC
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Madison Futsal

Learning a lot of details. Still implementing it, but especially helping me a lot with better support and utilizing staff well. Read more

Ilir Lushaj
Owner, Madison Futsal
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Love is a Rose

The Zoom meetings with Mentors Ed & George kept me going & provided coaching & support that was invaluable. Read more

Sid Fey
President, Love is a Rose