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Owner/Founder
Dawne Morrison
How SCORE Helped

I recommend SCORE to everyone I come in contact with who is looking to start their own business. I literally would not have been able to open my business without SCORE. It just would not have occurred.

Smarty Pants Kids

Owner/Founder
Makya Vandiver-Hawkins
My Location
Prairie View Shopping Center
Eden Prairie MN 55426
United States
Revenue
$150,000
Employees
3
Year Company Formed
2010
My Successes

SPK has been in business since 2010.  Over the years, it has brought  together a large variety of fun, interactive toys and games that provide active, educational alternatives to kids, many of whom often spend too much time watching TV or being by themselves to play games, on a computer, pad or smart phone.  Also, Makya (ma-ki-ya) and her two person staff provide community involvement projects and activities to bring families together and help young kids understand the importance of socialization.

What's Great About My Mentor?

They talked business without fluff or excess sensitivity.

How SCORE Helped

Early on, Makya was referred to SCORE by her accountant to help her think through her concept of starting a retail operation. Her SCORE mentors, Arlan Nissen and Gary See, stressed the importance of developing a business plan and got her thinking about the many details of operating and growing a business, including start up costs, marketing,, pricing, expenses and much more.  She said "They were very helpful, knowledgeable and brutally honest.  One thing I really liked is there's no fluffing or sensitivity.  They talked business".

Veritas Marketing, LLC

Owner/Founder
Holly Jo Anderson
My Location
14264 23th Avenue North
Plymouth MN 55447
United States
Revenue
$600,000
Year Company Formed
2001
My Successes

Veritas Marketing has prospered in an extremely competitive, fast-changing industry in the Twin Cities market, which boasts several of the nation's largest advertising firms and dozens of others.  The agency's creativity and marketing savvy have been recognized with numerous national and international awards.  In addition, Holly and the agency have devoted their time and talent to helping a number of non-profit organizations, including Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities, Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute, Survivor Resources, and the Minneapolis Chapter of SCORE.

What's Great About My Mentor?

Besides Tommy Thompson, Holly Jo has been helped by the following list which keeps growing:  Dean Swanson, Randi Luoto, Loren Herbst, Virgil Dissmeyer, Dan Shidla, Bruce Becker, Richard Parrish, Jim Handy, Marty Worth, Greg Boettner, Marshall Jones, Mark Ratner, David Miller, Rick Barkley, Wayne Herivel, Brian Alwin and others.

How SCORE Helped

SCORE counseled Holly in developing a business plan for Veritas.  She said her long-time SCORE mentor, the late Tommy Thompson, helped the firm navigate through a legal situation with their former employer and was an invaluable sounding board for many years.  Also, he advised Holly when her two partners decided to leave the firm.

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Rick Sanders

Rick Sanders

Current City: Bozeman, MT
Chapter: Bozeman SCORE

10 Years Arthur Andersen & Co. Senior IT Manager

4 Years Baxter Healthcare Senior IT Manager

2 Years Technology Services Corporation Senior IT Manager

26 Years The MITEC Corporation President (IT Consulting, Web Development, Hosting, Software Sales)

Not for Profit Activities (Treasurer, Webmaster)

  • Montana Raptor Conservation Center
  • Wild Ones Natural Landscaping
  • Lincolnshire Garden Club
  • Master Gardeners

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Education

1972 BBA Accounting with Honors from Florida Atlantic University

Thousands of hours of Professional IT Training

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Perry Collins

Perry Collins

Current City: Roanoke, IN
Chapter: Fort Wayne SCORE

Perry is semi-retired working as a Consultant specializing in Leadership Training and Military Outreach.  He is owner of Collins and Associates Consulting LLC.  He also is a regional photography artist and has a small studio on Main Street Roanoke, Indiana.

Perry retired after serving 2 years and 4 months as Vice President of the College of Professional Studies, Indiana Institute of Technology (Indiana Tech). Perry drove more than 73 thousand miles during this period to provide leadership to 12 sites. During this period revenue has grown by an outstanding 72%.  Fishers, Mishawaka, and Hammond sites were developed and launched. A Master of Science in Organizational Leadership and PhD in Global Leadership were also started during this period. Most recently Perry helped the University develop a very aggressive marketing program to the military. A generous scholarship is helping soldiers and their spouses attain college degrees.

Collins came to Indiana Tech after serving as director of the EXCEL Program for Adults at Huntington University. During his two years at Huntington he increased enrollment by 67% and exceeded all income projections for both fiscal years he was the Director.   

He retired as a Colonel and Vice Commander of the 122nd Fighter Wing. He began his military career by enlisting in the Indiana Air National Guard, Fort Wayne, in 1964. The Indianapolis Star/News selected him for the prestigious Eugene C Pulliman Military Achievement Award in 1969. He attained the grade of Master Sergeant within seven years and was the unit's first active duty recruiter. He was accepted for the Air National Guard Academy of Military Science and received his commission in 1973. He has served as the chief career control officer, information officer, chief of personnel actions section, chief of security police, chief of personnel, base executive officer, commander of the combat support squadron, support group commander, and chief of staff before assuming the position of vice commander in August 2000.  He was awarded the Legion of Merit and the Sagamore of the Wabash Awards during his retirement ceremony in 2003.

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