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Success Stories
Success Stories

SCORE has a strict confidentiality agreement with all clients, all information involved in counseling is held in the strictest confidence. The following organizations have agreed to public disclosure of the work that SCORE has done with them.


Kate Dupre

"SCORE helped me practically with things I didn’t have experience with such as lease, budget, taxes and licenses and administrative points of owning a business.  We also brainstormed marketing ideas. I truly felt that everyone I met with had a personal investment in my business and me.”


Sarah George

"Using SCORE mentors to help develop my marketing consultant business was invaluable. I was able to use their service from the beginning; my first meeting was 'I have an idea but not sure if it will work or how to start.' Through a four month process my mentors helped me refine a business plan, know the importance of how to set up a legal name, and provide feedback for launching. Because of SCORE's influence I am able to offer my services to help other businesses and organizations develop their marketing strategies."

Tiffany Lenau – Yoga Roots

"I am incredibly honored to receive the 2018 Client of the Year award from our Tip of the Mitt SCORE chapter. I was blessed to be referred to SCORE when opening Yoga Roots in 2007. My favorite aspect of the meetings is the gathering of great brains and all the creative thinking, it's an inspiring and empowering atmosphere. The support I have received over the years has been incredibly valuable for the growth of my studio and for myself as a professional. It's reassuring to know that there are experienced mentors available to guide me when making important decisions, most of which I would otherwise be making on my own. The advice from people who have been there and the friendships I have made along the way mean the world to me. To know that other successful business people are rooting for me, and believe in me too, is the greatest feeling. I have infinite gratitude for SCORE mentors giving their time and sharing their skills to help me achieve success.

Van Dam Custom Boats - Testimonial

Van Dam Custom Boats

"We invited SCORE to help us with our marketing efforts in the depths of the great recession and over the course of several years they did that and much more. Our SCORE team encouraged us to reinvent the way we conducted business and helped boost us onto a trajectory of improvement that we are still riding today. They were instrumental in helping us plan for succession and the future. The positive impact they had on our business cannot be overstated, and on top of that they are wonderful people who donated their time just to help us succeed. It doesn’t get any better than that. We will be forever appreciative of the positive impact they had on us."

Crooked Tree Breadworks - Testimonial

Crooked Tree Breadworks

"At each stage of my business's growth, from startup through expansion, SCORE counselors have provided solid counseling. I continue to value their advice, support and flow-through." - Greg Carpenter


Julienne Tomatoes - Testimonial

Julienne Tomatoes

"If you are considering starting your own small business in Northern Michigan, your first step should be meeting with the counselors of Tip of the Mitt SCORE. Thirteen years ago I decided to open a restaurant. From the very first meeting, SCORE counselors challenged me with the feasibility of my plan. They asked tough questions and made sure it was well thought out. They were experienced individuals who really cared about my success and future. As my business grew, I continued to call SCORE on many subjects - human resources, how to grow the business, alternative revenue sources and marketing. The response was always timely and effective, and the advice always helpful, sensible and doable. The friendships and advice that have developed from my relationship with SCORE are unequalled. I encourage anyone who is pursuing their own small business to meet with their local SCORE chapter."

Archer Full Throttle - Testimonial

Archer Full Throttle

"I needed help developing a plan of action to convert from a brick and mortar business to almost entirely online. Through their guidance, wisdom, and support I was able to bring my vision and ideas to an international reality.

Over the past 8 years SCORE has helped me with my current business plan, perfecting my website, and referring me to great legal counsel when needed. I will continue to seek their advice in the future." - Angie Cranney

Pond Hill Farm - Testimonial

Pond Hill Farm

"What they did for me was force me to take a hard look within,” Spencer said. “Sometimes that’s a difficult thing to do because you may not like what you’re looking at." - Sharon Spencer

Sandra Lee Photography - Testimonial

Sandra Lee Photography

Sandra Lee, combines beautiful northern Michigan landscape and waterscape views with wedding photography for amazingly timeless wedding photo memories. Julie and I both have benefited from the SCORE program through our Petoskey Regional Chamber of Commerce. SCORE offers the largest network of volunteer business mentors providing free answers to your business questions. We love our mentors!

Great Turtle Kayak Tours

“We are very fortunate to have the opportunity to work with our SCORE mentors. They have proven to be informed, experienced and caring team members. They are allies, happy to spend time to understand our company’s vision, ethics, and goals so that their strategic advice can best complement our approach. They’re always eager to learn more about our unique operations, and to share insight addressing any business challenge we bring to them. Triple bottom line businesses need strong guidance aligned with core principles. Because they understand what drives us, discussions are framed in terms of the ultimate outcomes we seek to achieve as an organization. We take time to celebrate victories together, then they challenge us to look ahead and continue to improve our approach. I know many other small business owners who echo these sentiments, and I am confident that any business will benefit from developing strong relationships with mentors from their local SCORE chapter.”  ~ Paul Spata

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