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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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B.E.R. Enterprises, LLC, DBA Veterans Integrity Exteriors

Problem: Homeowners in Minnesota face the never-ending possibility of damage caused by weather conditions such as hail, heavy snow, tornadoes, high winds and torrential rains. The potential for weather-related damage is always present regardless of the season.                   

Challenge:  Finding a reliable contractor to work with when damage occurs is difficult and can result in a frustrating and costly experience for the homeowner.

Solution:  Provide home repair and renovation services based on the guiding principal of integrity. That’s what Blake Rothnem decided to do in 2005. The concept is simple but effective: Provide consistently superior service that exceeds homeowner expectations.

Owner/Founder
Blake Rothnem
My Location
16522 Edison Street
Ham Lake MN 55304
United States
My Successes

Business Description: Blake’s business, which now operates under the name Veterans Integrity Exteriors, specializes in repairing homes that that have been damaged by Minnesota’s weather. His customers have come to rely on him for his knowledge of building codes, his ability to deal with insurance companies and his personal integrity. In fact, referrals have become an important part of his sales. Since beginning work with SCORE, Blake has significantly built his business. His sales in 2014 far exceeded his volume for the previous two years. With this success, Blake was able to get an SBA loan that will provide much needed working capital for his planned growth.

The Future:  With timely updates to his business plan, Blake plans to focus even more on roofing repairs and replacements. This specialty offers the best volume potential along with the best cash flow. And, it’s a category in need of integrity. Veterans Integrity Exteriors can fill that need.

What's Great About My Mentor?

“Bill gave me the critical insight I needed to focus on my business plan and become a better entrepreneur.  Thanks Bill!” – Blake Rothnem, Owner.

How SCORE Helped

Blake first learned of
SCORE while doing research on the SBA website. He
made an application for free mentoring and was
assigned to Bill Collette. Bill’s background in contracting
proved to be extremely valuable to Blake. Bill suggested
that focus would be very important and that the best
way to acquire and fine-tune that focus was to do a
business plan. Through this process, Blake learned the
difference between a scattered, haphazard approach to
his business and a truly focused approach.

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