SENSE CLOTHING (Santa Fe)
Our company manufactures "lifestyle" clothing, which is distributed nationally through various retailers, our on-line store, and in our showroom in Santa Fe.
I've been working with SCORE© for over 4 years, originally coming to them when I was faced with some pretty significant business decisions revolving around a move into a bigger, better facility. I needed help with re-doing my business plan - in order to see whether or not it made financial sense to do the move. I was very fortunate to find a "mentoring" team that really helped me understand all the issues & obstacles (weighing the pros & cons) regarding the move; and, in doing so, that further helped me understand how to read my financial's, and use them as tools in making these sorts of decisions. The SCORE© team helped me evaluate ALL sides of the decision; forced me to do the necessary homework (evaluating the pros and cons of various sites, etc.); helped me identify the risks/rewards involved (as well as ways to mitigate those risks and capitalize on the advantages); and helped me with the lease negotiation. With SCORE©'s help I rewrote the business plan and we did make the move to the new facility. We are delighted with the results - which we feel we wouldn't have made without SCORE©'s help.
In subsequent meetings with the team, we've worked together to catch potential issues before they've become problems; and they've helped me with various inventory issues, HR issues and thorny Accounts Receivable issues (particularly with some of the larger companies we deal with). I really attribute a lot of my success to the help that the SCORE© team has provided me over the years that I've worked with them.