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Yamane Championship Mixed Martial Arts (YCMMA)

At the age of six, Niall Yamane began learning karate from his dad. His dad taught him every aspect of the art and helped him development: discipline, character, integrity, endurance, courtesy and respect, the key fundamentals of karate. Many years later, Nial, a partner at a top litigation firm moved to Alabama with his wife and decided to pursue his dream of starting his own small business. Having no business experience, Nial turned to SCORE to help make his dream, Yamane Championship Mixed Martial Arts, a reality.


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Daphne AL
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My Successes

YCMMA opened its doors in March 2011, in 2012 the small business began to generate a profit. Over past two years since its opening, YCMMA has won numerous state and national championships. YCMMA was also recognized by SCORE as the 2014 Outstanding Small Business Launched by an Encoure Entrepreneur.

What's Great About My Mentor?

Niall says Yamane Mixed Martial Arts would have not succeeded without the help of his SCORE mentors. "We would not have succeeded business wise if we did not have the demographic information of SCORE. Also both mentors always made themselves available on a weekly basis and provided countless hours of consulting time! I lost count of the hours I met with them."

How SCORE Helped

With the help of his mentors, Marvin Wilder and Marion Smith, helped Nial address key components of building a successful business. Nial mentors assisted him with building a financial and marketing plan that would help with the success of YCMMA.

          After working for a large accounting firm for many years, I’ve decided to go out on my
own and specialize in helping small businesses with their accounting and financial needs.
          Initially, it will be just me, and to keep expenses down and be able to better manage my young
son, I’m thinking about operating out of my home. What are the pros and cons?

          For productivity, convenience, and downright comfort, nothing beats a home-based business. Here, most every day is “casual day,” and the only obstacle on your commute is dodging the cat or dog on your way upstairs.

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         This column is brought to you by the Merrimack Valley Chapter of SCORE, with nearly
70 current and former business executives available to provide free, confidential, one-on-one
business mentoring and training workshops for area businesses. Call 603-666-7561 or visit
merrimackvalley.score.org for information on mentoring, upcoming workshops and volunteer
opportunities. SCORE is a national, non-profit organization and a resource partner of the U. S.
Small Business Administration.

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