My SCORE mentors were critical to my success in launching a STEM Toy company during a pandemic. David Wild, Mary Couzin, Gene Murtha, Elizabeth Hauer, Bruce Ronner, and Bob Strauss's support made the difference I needed to navigate this big toy industry with confidence.
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Danielle Neal is a 25-year-old Baltimore-based entrepreneur who started her business, Digital with Danielle, in 2020. At first, this work was a side hustle, where she offered advice on how to use social media and its new features through Instagram Live. Her fun conversations there taught her that women face unnecessary barriers and a lack of confidence when using social media platforms for business growth. She instinctively knew she could be an empowering force in this arena and excel at addressing people’s social media pain points.Before taking the leap to start a business, Danielle was a
When Evelyn Shields and Vanessa Roy first moved to Austin, Texas, they had a hard time finding someone to care for their ill cat while traveling. They could only find dog-focused pet sitters. This sparked their idea to start a small cat-sitting service “on the side,” as a lark. They weren’t prepared for their idea to quickly develop into a thriving, full-time business.With increasing demand for their services, they needed help to manage Austin Cat Sitter’s rapid growth. That’s when they learned about SCORE’s free resources and expert mentoring for entrepreneurs and met their mentor, Jim
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