Minority Entrepreneurs

Visiting Nurse Services of Central Florida

“No one believed in us initially,” Ms. Patterson stated, “Our friends and family told us we were crazy to follow our dream—to move to a new state, with no friends or family for support.”  We remained steadfast and kept moving forward, all the while working full-time jobs.

“There are many steps involved in launching this type of business. The three biggest hurdles”, according to Ms. Marshall, “involve achieving Home Health Accreditation, raising start-up and working capital, and then the agonizing wait for Medicare/Medicaid/HMO certification and licensing for automated billing.”

In June, 2014 Visiting Nurse Services celebrated their grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony at their Wildwood offices.  Their dream was finally becoming a reality. Today, the company has a burgeoning case load and the co-owners continue to add and train new staff as the demand dictates.

In November, Ms. Marshall and Ms. Patterson achieved another goal.  They relocated their offices to a Villages address so their young children could take advantage of The Villages Charter School System.  

Owner/Founder
Carol Patterson and Shakerah Marshall
My Location
8489 SE 165th Mulberry Lane
The Villages FL 32162
United States
Year Company Formed
2014
My Successes

As Visiting Nurse Services of Central Florida grows, the focus is now on Continuous Process Improvement in all areas of the operation, and incorporating Social Media for promotion and client/patient feedback.  “We love what we do”, states Ms. Patterson; “We put people first.”

How SCORE Helped

In late 2012, two Jamaican registered nurses, living in New York decided they wanted to start a Home Health Company. Carol Patterson and Shakerah Marshall did some research and determined that the state of Florida would be business friendly and also represented a substantial market for Home Health.  In early 2013 with small children in tow, they relocated to Central Florida and began working as registered nurses in a Villages hospital while they began planning the launch of their home health business.

Carol and Shakerah reached out to SCORE early in 2014 and first spoke to SCORE mentor Bob Wilson who recommended they speak to Linda Pickwick, another SCORE mentor with extensive background in the Home Health Industry.  Linda has helped them add marketing, sales, and customer service skills to their considerable nursing background.

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Aim Up

Owner/Founder
Carlos Valladares
How SCORE Helped

Aim Up is a local business dedicated to helping businesses with their corporate Image needs.  Applying technology, graphic design, web development, etc. to provide quality service most small businesses can’t afford. We also provide professional development for schools + corporate.  SCORE has provide great courses and mentors to answer complex questions and to keep us on track.  Working with Doug has helped us with our mission and vision – and “cleared” our business path. While we develop many challenges come our way and being able to reach out to Doug has been very beneficial.  Overall very thankful for mentors, material and courses provided.

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          The partnership has been the foundation for millions of successful small businesses. Unfortunately, it has also been the source for innumerable disputes, arguments, irreparable relationships and lawsuits, all of which exacted economic and personal costs on the people involved.

About the Author

          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.  

Creative Cottage

Owner/Founder
Michelle Landry
My Location
2 Wasserman Hights
Merrimack NH 03054
United States
My Successes

Creative Cottage - NH Winner of The American Small Business Championship

SCORE, mentors to America’s small businesses, recently announced the winners of The American Small Business Championship, a program supported by Sam’s Club that provides expert training, resources and networking opportunities to small business owners. A total of 102 winners from 47 states were chosen based on written, video and photo entries that detailed the sacrifices each has made to achieve small business success. Winners were determined by online voting and a panel of judges comprised of small business experts.

Creative Cottage in Merrimack won the award for New Hampshire. Thanks to a $700,000 grant from Sam’s Club, Champions will each receive a $1,000 Sam's Club gift card, an all-expense-paid trip to one of five SCORE training events, SCORE mentoring for one year, and promotion throughout the year to showcase each Champion’s story.

Creative Cottage reproduces the world around us in miniature using polymer clay and other natural materials. Founder, Michelle Landry notes, “I've been creating my own miniature worlds as long as I can remember. Growing up, I spent hours in the woods near my rural home in Connecticut looking for gnomes and critters. That wonder and curiosity has stayed with me my whole life and is reflected in my artwork, gardening, photography and attention to detail.”

Landry applied to SCORE in 2014 for mentoring to assist in growing the business. She was matched with mentor Ron Weiss, a member of SCORE’s Merrimack Valley Chapter. According to Landry, “Ron was instrumental in helping me focus on the business side as opposed to the creative side of Creative Cottage. He gave me homework, kept me on track and helped me focus my time on things that needed doing to attain my goals.”

The partnership has reaped results in that Landry has seen month-over-month increases in revenue after their initial sessions. And mentoring continues on a less frequent basis, with Ron checking in periodically and handing out homework assignments when necessary.

For more information about how SCORE can assist small businesses grow and help grow ideas into businesses, go to merrimackvalley.score.org. For information on Creative Cottage and its range of miniatures, visit creativecottagenh.com 

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Creative Cottage - NH Winner of The American Small Business Championship

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SCORE, mentors to America’s small businesses, recently announced the winners of The American Small Business Championship, a program supported by Sam’s Club that provides expert training, resources and networking opportunities to small business owners. A total of 102 winners from 47 states were chosen based on written, video and photo entries that detailed the sacrifices each has made to achieve small business success. Winners were determined by online voting and a panel of judges comprised of small business experts.

SCORE, mentors to America’s small businesses, recently announced the winners of The American Small Business Championship, a program supported by Sam’s Club.  

Creative Cottage in Merrimack won the award for New Hampshire.

Creative Cottage - NH Winner of The American Small Business Championship

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