Women Entrepreneurs

Wonderstruck Artisan Market

My Location
3649 Canfield Rd Suite 3 (Route 62)
Canfield OH 44406
United States
Employees
13
How SCORE Helped

Wonderstruck Artisan Market & Classes is an artistic multimedia, multi department gift shop with art classes. They specialize in "Sip & Paint" classes, where you can bring in a beverage and will instruct customers step-by-step on how to paint their masterpiece! Their mission is to offer consumers handmade arts and creative crafts at an affordable cost. Their goal is to bring back originality in the consumers home, rather than mass produced products from a retail giant. Whether consumers are looking for a gift, expanding their own creativity in class, or decorating their living room, Wonderstruck is the place.
 
Wonderstruck has now expanded their business to open a cafe next door to their market.

Wonderstruck Artisan Market and Classes greatly credits the Youngstown SCORE team for helping to establish a business plan which was our key in early business planning. This greatly helped us to be set up for success!

The Learning Dog, LLC

My Location
757 North Main St.
Hubbard OH 44425
United States
How SCORE Helped

The Learning Dog Training & Enrichment Center offers a large variety of classes using non-aversive training methods. From puppy to teenager to adult to senior, there are classes to suit your needs. Both Katie and Jenny are Certified Professional Dog Trainers (CPDT-KA) and believe in non-aversive training methods so choke collars, prong (pinch) collars or shock (e-collars) collars are never used. We believe you never have to hurt a dog to train them.


The Learning Dog Training & Enrichment Center also offers one day training classes, seminars, playdates, cat behavior, bite prevention seminars at vet offices,  and fun pet events. And stop in to check out our retail area offering hard-to-find training tools and unique pet products.  Online retail area coming soon!

Katie and Jenny first met with SCORE in June 2012. They were looking for guidance in increasing sales for this new entity over several visits we discussed concepts especially calls to former clients telling them about new classes.

We also spent time reviewing certain expenses that seemed to be high compared to the sales volume the company was doing. The overall goal was for each partner to get $25000 per year. We suggested instead of paying trainers 30%, that they take that amount when they do the training. Also promoting their business through workshops etc. sales are up 78% in 2013 over 2011. 14% in 2013 over 2012. Printing, office supplies and payroll are now better managed.

2014 sales are up 16% for the first 4 months.

These 2 young ladies have done an excellent job in managing the business and take to heart advice and suggestions given to them!

Trendy Trousseau, LLC

"The past two year's yearly and monthly goals were researched and discussed to adequately advise and help me understand what to expect in the second half of 2013. The year was a huge success! The goals discussed and planned were almost dead on to what Trendy accomplished for the second half of 2013. 2014 is following suit by growing each month as planned and predicted. Trendy;s stylist program has expanded to four stylists and a second location has been added to the Canfield, Ohio area. I felt so blessed to have been able to work with such a great panel of men that helped me reach my goals and make my dream into a reality. I hope and pray that Trendy will keep growing in many different pathways and I will always thank SCORE for helping me have these opportunities."

Owner/Founder
Summer Wise
My Location
4040 East State Street
Hermitage PA 16148
United States
Employees
8
Year Company Formed
2006
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How SCORE Helped

Trendy Trousseau was a small clothing business already established but at a cross roads of growth. It had sustained and maintained at a small level but needed to be nurtured to achieve the next level of success. Trendy always had a business plan and mission in place but needed guidance to understand the necessary steps to grow. SCORE helped Trendy put all the necessary steps in place to help in the growing process. This consisted of calculating monthly goals, purchasing of inventory and amounts of inventory to purchase to sustain seasonal goals.

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Owner/Founder
Wayne and Sarah Schlicht

STARTUP From journalist to entrepreneur

Date
Tue, 2014-09-16 14:59

Not too long ago, Cheryl Tan had been covering Hampton Roads businesses in her role as a television anchor and reporter.

These days, she's advising them in her role as an entrepreneur.

Tan closed the book on her TV journalism career on May 30 and officially began Cheryl Tan Media LLC the next day. The shift has brought its challenges, but she has yet to be deterred from her goal of helping small business owners enhance their marketability.

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Treehouse Village Early Learning Center

Owner/Founder
Heather Hart
My Location
8308 Sunnydale Drive
Hudson FL 34667
United States
Employees
3
Year Company Formed
2014
How SCORE Helped

Our consulting firm wanted to open its own Early Childhood Center.  With over 25 years combined experience, we had a solid business plan, budget, and the space we wanted to start with.  We were in need of capital.  We had poor-fair credit, and one partner is not a US citizen.  No bank would help us.  Our mentor, Richard, assisted with obtaining a micro-loan from Pasco EDC, negotiations on the lease, budget revisions, and general financing information.  He is a wealth of knowledge for small businesses.  He is still involved with this project.  We are marketing the new business, and Richard has helped us get the most for our marketing budget.  Richard has been so instrumental throughout this process.

Developing a plan for a new business (or even for an exiting one) can be a messy process.  There are many things to consider and often the process of developing the plan involves juggling lots of ideas and pieces of the plan.  This template is intended to help an entrepreneur organize all of the many ideas. One way to do it is to write each question on a sheet of paper and then spread the sheets out on the kitchen table.  Then as ideas come up or answers are found, write them on the appropriate sheet.  After while, as the sheets fill up, you will start seeing the best path for the organization. 

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