Charleston Cookie Company Finds Success WIth SCORE Mentor
Her search for the “perfect” chocolate chip cookie recipe lead Judith Moore's son-in-law to suggest that she start her own business. After making a deal to supply an advertising agency with cookies for a year in exchange for the development of a brand identity, Judith was ready to get started; and she did. Judith contacted Coast SCORE in North Charleston, S.C. and was introduced to SCORE mentor Greg Kopatch. With Greg's help Judith found a lot more than a chocolate chip cookie recipe; she found the recipe for small business success!
Charleston Cookie Company has seen plenty of successes since its inception in October, 2003. Aside from the profitability of its online cookie ordering and corporate gift business, Charleston Cookie Company has been featured on MSNBC’s Your Business and is the proud recipient of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce 2011 Dream Big Small Business of the Year Blue Ribbon. Also, Judith recently entered into a new partnership with Dean & Deluca, a retail and catalog gourmet food company based in New York City.
When speaking about her SCORE mentor, Greg Kopatch, Judith says his encouragement and enthusiasm helped to keep her going forward. She also says “I could not have accomplished this much without SCORE’s help. It’s been a pleasure working with Greg, and a thrill to have all that information available to a small business, like we are, at no cost. Having the expertise of SCORE counselors is invaluable!”
Judith contacted Coast SCORE in North Charleston, S.C., for advice on her business plan. SCORE mentor Greg Kopatch helped her focus her vision. Greg also recommended that she create a spreadsheet and produce cash flow projections for three years of business. Judith says Greg’s guidance was crucial to the completion of Judith’s business plan, as well as the necessary financial data to support it. Greg continues to advise Judith on her ongoing business and its structure, business management and growth.