SCORE Helps Focus Small-Business Startups

Travis Andrews had an idea to expand her and her husband’s CrossFit Smithfield gym by offering wakeboarding classes.

To do this, however, she needed the help and advice of someone who knew how to see her idea through.

So she turned to SCORE, a national nonprofit organization that offers free counseling and low-cost workshops to entrepreneurs and small-business owners.

Her first meeting with Raleigh SCORE included volunteers David Grant and Dan Carro, who asked questions about her anticipated revenue, expenses, marketing and competition.

Andrews said she walked away a little bit dazed by all the information.

“I feel like I did a lot of thinking” before the visit, she said. The conversation, however, helped show her where she should focus her attention.

“They definitely put everything into realistic terms,” said Andrews, 31.