SCORE Matches Seasoned Executives with Entrepreneurs and Gets Results - Stephen Watson

Ryan Francis, the owner of Bath and Bliss, reached out to SCORE's retired business executives last winter but he wasn't sure what the organization's mentors could teach him after a decade in business making organic skin-care products.

Over the past 10 months, however, SCORE mentor Steve Martin has helped Francis boost online sales and revamp the company's line of merchandise, encouraging him to eliminate scents that weren't selling and to add products in the most popular scents. Online sales are up 127 percent from March to September, Francis said.

"I feel like I've taken a four-year MBA program for what they've taught me," he said. "It's hard to describe the amount of help they've been to me."

 

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