My ScoreBergen counselors have been an essential part of my business success.
Both of them have established and run their own successful businesses. They now magnanimously donate their time to help my business avoid pitfalls, overcome significant obstacles and reach for greater goals and objectives.
Entrepreneurs frequently cannot be as objective about their companies as they should be. I am lucky and grateful that my SCORE advisors are always available and willing to share their years of wisdom and experience to help me grow my business.
Caren Z. Turner, Esq.
Turner Government and Public Affairs
I came to SCORE with the strong determination to start my own business but with the frustration of not knowing where to begin.
My mentors at SCORE immediately made me feel comfortable. They led me by the hand through a step-by-step analysis of myself and the market I wanted to enter. This helped me to further define my product line and identify all the possible markets that I could target.
They also kept me motivated when I felt discouraged at what I thought were stumbling blocks, helping me to see the other roads that I could take to achieve my goals.
I consider the members of SCORE an invaluable source of knowledge to anybody either starting or considering starting their own business and I will be forever thankful for this wonderful service.
Diane R. Mouzon
Add-A-View Murals and Prints
I’d like to thank you for your time and input on my business idea. Your feedback was so helpful.
You brought up several points that led me to make the decision not to go forward with the idea. Because of your input, I believe I did enough research and I am comfortable with the decision.
I greatly appreciate your knowledge and directness and will certainly contact you with my next business idea.
We have grown in so many ways since I attended my first SCORE counseling sessions.
In those early days I came to you with only an idea. My intended target market was a sector in which I had no professional experience. You could have chosen to say the obvious, “You’re nuts, Berj”. Fortunately you did not. Instead, you listened and wisely assigned me the task of creating a marketing and business plan. You advised me on why such a document was critical to assessing the merit and viability of my idea, and you guided me in creating those first plans.
You read every word I wrote and gave me great feedback on the positives and negatives contained therein. You were patient, professional and embraced my enthusiasm. I enjoyed delivering on your requests. I am sure I said it then but I would like to say it here again, thank you.
It has been eight years since those early days and today ClassLink has approximately 35 employees and revenues are on track to exceed $5 million next year. More than 295,000 students and teachers in schools throughout eight states use our award-winning systems. We enjoy an excellent reputation and are the recognized leader in our product’s niche.
I am sure I said it before, but I would like to say it here again: thank you.
For three years our dedicated ScoreBergen counselors have served both as mentors and as a sounding board for our growing business.
Their advice helped us avoid adding an off-site refrigerated storage facility by improving our scheduling and inventory control and increase our profitability by fine-tuning overhead expense and reallocating resources.
Applegate Farm Homemade Ice Cream, Inc.
Our ScoreBergen counselor went “above and beyond” our expectations by demonstrating a genuine interest in us and in the success of our business. She presented valuable recommendations and resources to generate additional business and improve our bottom line as a boutique recruitment firm.
It has been our practice to align ourselves with individuals and organizations that share our professionalism, ethics and commitment to excellence. We feel that we have found those traits in our counselor and look forward to working with her and her colleagues as we “grow” our business. We hope that everyone who utilizes the SCORE services has as positive an initial experience as we did!
Executive Vice President
PRIORITY SOURCING, INC
In 2003, Aero Manufacturing Company, a family firm founded in 1946, was in the midst of a record downturn in business. Significant competition from Asia, shifts in the buying patterns of our existing customer base, as well as internal staffing issues were affecting our bottom line, and the ultimate health of the company.
It was time for a change in strategy.
Luckily, in October of 2003, I met with two ScoreBergen counselors who both had significant experience in business management. They offered Aero what it sorely needed: unbiased counsel based upon years of experience.
Over time, the “Dynamic Duo” guided me through a dramatic turnover of staff; a complete refocus of Aero’s manufacturing strengths and a multi-million dollar campaign to upgrade our infrastructure.
Their level of concern and the tremendous amount of time and energy they have given to the turn-around of Aero is priceless. I cannot thank them enough for their unfailing support when it was needed most.
Aero Manufacturing Co Inc.
Thank you for helping my partner and me establish and build our music production company. The guidance, ideas and encouragement you've offered us in our many meetings have assisted us greatly in making some of our most important strategic decisions.
What’s especially useful is that whatever the area in which we need advice—finance, legal issues, marketing, etc.—there's a ScoreBergen specialist to work with us.
President/Executive Creative Director
I am writing to thank the counselors at SCORE for their help and support. Their knowledge has motivated the staff at SM Air to research and organize a more successful plan for the company. I also very much appreciate their helpful follow-up phone conversations with my secretary and I look forward to meeting with them again in the very near future.
I am now confident in recognizing and accomplishing my goals because of the useful information from the very personable and informative staff at SCORE.
SM Custom Airbrushing
When I began working with ScoreBergen, my custom wood cabinet company’s growth and potential were limited, and we were having difficulty making ends meet.
My counselors helped me understand the impact of growth on the company. Together we tailored a business plan based on both my personal goals and the opportunities that had been presented to me.
We continue to meet & their support allows me to monitor the “vital signs of the business..
As a result, my company has grown, is making money and has an exciting future.
Eppley Building & Design Inc.