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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 PhD to Genealogist

Richard, my mentor, has always believed in me. Even at moments of greatest difficulty, he always believed in my abilities, my capability to learn what I need, and my vision for... Read more

Joshua Grayson
owner, Lost Roots Family History
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From Corporate to Startup

I needed some mentorship in marketing and sales. I did not really know where to start. Gary helped me tremendously by breaking down the process into smaller steps. He helped me... Read more

Anne-Sophie Le Bloas
CEO, Ravacan Inc.
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Mentoring Mentors

Ben Fisco has been a continual reminder of the importance of the "bottom line". He offers ideas and suggestions that are within my ability, keeps me focused and accountable, and... Read more

Tricia Beck
Founder, CEO, Beck Leadership
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Overnight Success; 20 years later

Several ways!! He helped me to understand financial reports and financing. How credit works, how to get it, and what to use it for. He gave me confidence to move forward even when... Read more

Tracee Murphy
CEO/Principal Designer, Trade Mark Interiors, Inc.
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REDCON Solutions Group (REDCON)

Our monthly meetings allow me to stay focused on the strategies we have developed. Having a clear set of valid and attainable goals has helped my business experience significant... Read more

Kyle Evans
President/CEO, REDCON Solutions Group (REDCON)