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Elite Soccer—Growing a business with help from SCORE

Elite Soccer, Michael Steele and Brendan Eitz

How SCORE helped.

Mike discovered SCORE online and then became a face-to-face client. His SCORE advisor for the past two years has been Earl Schraiberg.

Earl worked with Mike to develop marketing techniques, to better understand and improve the financials, to create compensation packages, to implement new programs, and in general to act as a sounding board for ideas and solutions to problems.

Since starting to consult with Earl, Elite Soccer has seen its business nearly double in size. Its staff has increased to 30 coaches, three of whom are full-time employees.

According to Mike, “Earl has been a tremendous resource as he has assisted Elite Soccer better understand our financials, bookkeeping and operations. Additionally, he has helped us work through partner dynamics and the creation of a shared business strategy.”

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How Did Your Business Get Started?

Michael Steele and Brendan Eitz started their company, Elite Soccer, twelve years ago for the purpose of operating youth soccer camps and clinics in the Arlington Heights, Illinois community.

While achieving considerable success, Mike and Brendan wanted to continue growing their business, which required restructuring and new ideas.

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