Jonathan Bekemeyer, Owner of Killer Peaks in Port Royal, S.C., Wins SCORE Award for Outstanding Veteran-owned Business

Washington, D.C.–SCORE “Counselors to America’s Small Business” honors Jonathan Bekemeyer, veteran Marine and owner of Killer Peaks in Port Royal, S.C. with the SCORE Award for Outstanding Veteran-owned Business. He earned this honor for his contributions to his community, exemplary achievements in his field, and overall business success. Bekemeyer will accept this award at the inaugural SCORE Awards and black-tie gala, which will be held at the Renaissance Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, September 17.

Killer Peaks opened for business in March 2006 in Port Royal, S.C. It was an excellent location, because the town had recently built a large skateboard facility within half a mile of the new shop. Killer Peaks is owned and run by skateboarders.

The company is focused on the history and future of skateboarding. Relying solely on the support of local skateboarders, Killer Peaks gives back by holding free community events and clinics, and helps maintain the local skateboard park through a network of volunteers.

Before opening his business, Bekemeyer turned to South Carolina Lowcountry SCORE for advice and mentoring. SCORE helped him draft a winning business plan and offered valuable guidance on accounting and other start-up issues.

Killer Peaks also sponsors a team that competes with other skateboard teams in South Carolina, North Carolina and Florida, and plans to expand to a tournament in California. Learn more at www.killerpeaks.com.

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