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Owner/Founder
Jeane Sloane
My Location
Healdsburg CA
United States
How SCORE Helped

Jeane said SCORE initially had helped her when she owned and operated a large daycare center. After retiring, she called SCORE for assistance with her small hobby-business. "I didn’t really want to bother them, but I needed advice on hiring someone," she said.
 
After publishing two books, Jeane had become involved with the Redwood Writers Club. Her fellow authors were struggling with distribution of their books, so Jeane decided she would start a small distribution company with the goal of setting up book displays in all the independent coffee shops in Sonoma County.
 
"I called SCORE and I was amazed as two SCORE consultants showed up. I think one was just starting," she said. "They were really savvy. I brought in a lot of statistics and they helped me with financial planning."
 
"They sat with me for more than two hours and made a lot suggestions regarding how I should handle hiring an assistant," Jeane said.
 
More recently, Jeane said she continues to email her SCORE consultant with questions. "It's really nice to know you have someone out there to help me with my small-time business."

Rosa d'Oro Vineyards

Owner/Founder
Pietro Buttitta
My Location
3915 Main Street
Kelseyville CA
United States
How SCORE Helped

After discovering SCORE through an Internet search, Pietro Buttitta of Rosa d'Oro Vineyards was pleasantly surprised when he learned his counselor was also in the wine business. "It was nice because he knows what's going on in the industry," he said.
 
Pietro had sought out SCORE's assistance with the family winery to figure out ways to take it to the next level. He was told the first step would be to create a business plan. He said John helped significantly with the financials and three-year forecasts. "He explained what the banks want to see and guided me through the plan."
 
Pietro also attended the SCORE workshop, Finding Funding Sources. "I thought it was a good, general overview.  I liked that the instructor was very open to questions," he said. "I intend to go to other workshops and take advantage of the networking."
 
He said he also appreciated that the SCORE counseling was free, as the winery was working on a very tight budget and couldn't have afforded paying for business consulting.

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Magic Mirror Salon

How SCORE Helped

In Spring 2004 a then 19 year old HS graduate walked into the SCORE office in Carmel, NY. Jessica Olsen had decided to open her own beauty salon and was seeking help. Five years later Ms. Olsen was recognized by that same SCORE office for “creating and maintaining a successful business in Putnam County”.

Jessica recalled that “she got tired of having a boss” and wanted to start her own business. Her Dad sent her to SCORE to learn the ins and outs of the business world. Jessica met with counselors once or twice a week for several months. The “dedicated counselors helped me write a business plan and arrange for needed capital. They even paid me regular visits for the first couple of months making sure I was headed in the right direction.”

Five years later the business is thriving. Jessica describes her business as “a full service hair salon dedicated to men women and children. We provide hair extension, air brush tanning and waxing. My childhood friend, Kelly Marmo, is my right hand gal.”

Jessica isn’t planning on sitting still. Her business, Magic Mirror Salon, was recently recognized by a local publication as “Putnam’s Finest Hair Salon”. She says, “My future goal is to purchase an older home and convert it into a full service salon where each room of the dwelling would provide a different type of beauty service.”

We wish Jessica the very best of luck as she guides her business forward and are convinced she will continue the success she has experienced thus far in her young career.

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When seeking financing help for a small business, many entrepreneurs turn to friends and family, rather than banks or other lending sources. While this approach may avert the stresses associated with loan applications and presentations before strangers, it carries its own set of risks and potential pitfalls.

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          This column is brought to you by the Merrimack Valley Chapter of SCORE, with nearly 70 current and former business executives available to provide free, confidential, one-on-one business mentoring and training workshops for area businesses. Call 603-666-7561 or visit merrimackvalley.score.org for information on mentoring, upcoming workshops and volunteer opportunities. SCORE is a national, non-profit organization and a resource partner of the U. S. Small Business Administration.  

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          Buying an existing small business can expedite one’s way into entrepreneurship. All the upfront effort has been taken care of, as has much of the learning curve. And with staff and resources already in place, you may think stepping in and taking over is all there is to it.

About the Author

          This column is brought to you by the Merrimack Valley Chapter of SCORE, with nearly 70 current and former business executives available to provide free, confidential, one-on-one business mentoring and training workshops for area businesses. Call 603-666-7561 or visit merrimackvalley.score.org  for information on mentoring, upcoming workshops and volunteer opportunities. SCORE is a national, non-profit organization and a resource partner of the U. S. Small Business Administration. 

Meisch Temple Massager, Inc.

Owner/Founder
Joe Meisch
My Location
P.O. Box 512
Cazadero CA 95421
United States
Year Company Formed
2008
How SCORE Helped

After the completion of his military career, Joe Meisch knew he needed help in transitioning to the business world. "SCORE was the first place I turned to," he said. Joe had created the Temple Massager, a stress relieving head massager, and wanted to build a business around his patented product.
 
"I met with SCORE and they set me straight, helping me to turn my vision into an action plan. They showed me how to develop a business plan and the financials," Joe said.
 
He said he had looked at working with business development groups or hiring a consultant, "but they don't care if you sink or swim."  He said SCORE is more invested in the community. "I discovered they're more inclined to help small businesses and care more about enriching the local economy," Joe said.
 
The Temple Massager continues to grow and Joe is also keen on giving back to the community. He said he's already given more than 1,400 massagers to the Armed Forces as a way of helping his fellow servicemen and women.

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