Success Stories

The Greater Los Angeles chapter has produced numerous Success Stories. These are businesses that have been tracked over time and have succeeded due in large part to SCORE counselor involvement. Let’s develop a counseling relationship for you and your business and create another Success Story.

Recent Success Stories

If I Need Help

“If I Need Help” is a not-for-profit that supports families with people who wander, such as children or the elderly.  It started up without much structure, but with a lot of goodwill from the founders, Bruce and Erin.  SCORE helped the company up-scale in order to cope with its rapidly growing membership, establish a realistic budget and formalize the various functions in the company.  Proof yet again that all businesses, for-profits and not-for-profits alike, once they reach a minimum size, need to pay attention to the business-of-the-business approach of their operations.

Watch a video of Bruce and Erin and their SCORE LA mentor

Renee Starms – Internet Marketing Success Coach

I worked for several years in Corporate America at Fortune 500 companies in finance and insurance: Bear Stearns, Merrill Lynch, and Mass Mutual.

In 2009, I discovered the wonderful industry of internet marketing.  And since that time, I have been successfully blogging and marketing online as well as teaching others how to leverage the power of the internet to create a successful online business.

I have worked with several small businesses (and an elementary school) ranging from; legal services, insurance agents, bakeries, actors, etc., creating their online presence (website or blog), marketing and social media strategy to help them increase exposure and get more business.

Presently, one of my most joyous projects is working at my sons’ elementary school teaching the teachers how to blog and running a blogging challenge for the classrooms. The students, parents and teachers are having a blast learning how to engage and communicate within the school setting using social media.

Watch a video of Renee Starms and her SCORE LA mentor

Frozen Fruit Co

We heard about SCORE online via Google. We had just moved over to LA to start Frozen Fruit Co and were currently going through the permitting and build out phase of our store. Being both from London, England launching a business in a new country is pretty daunting. When we came across SCORE we felt we had found a resource which could really help guide us.

We started to go to training sessions and looked for a mentor with experience in store openings and running food businesses. That’s how we came across Phil Binderman. Phil was a wealth of knowledge. He has vast experience in the food industry and helped guide us through the opening as well as the essentials of running a food operation, covering areas like the importance of having a soft opening, staffing and expansion. He has become a vital part of our business and a great sounding board for whenever we need to talk to someone. He has also been a great resource in directing us to other specialist mentors when we were looking for marketing help in promoting and getting the word out about our specialist frozen treats.

Once we learned about the workshops through SCORE we were keen to take in as much knowledge as possible. From crowd funding (something we always dismissed) to social media, the workshops are a great way to get access to experts and fill gaps in knowledge that we wouldn’t ordinarily be able to do.

Watch a video of Michael & Victoria Philippou and their SCORE LA mentor

Link to a description of Frozen Fruit Co

Katie’s Bakery

I started going to SCORE when I got serious about opening Katie’s Bakery. SCORE proved to be a great organization to help put together all the pieces needed to help my business succeed. Plus, the support and encouragement provided by my main mentor helped get me through those discouraging periods along the way.

lynne-griffithI initially met with mentors who specialized in marketing – one even conducted a group mind mapping session with some of my friends to come up with a wonderful tagline, given that all my baked goods are made with organic, gluten-free, all natural ingredients. Plus, some are dairy-free.
Katie’s Bakery…deliciously enlightened

SCORE’s workshop on social media helped me understand the importance of social media for my business and I was able to connect with a new marketing company through SCORE that I am now using to manage my online efforts.

–Lynn Griffith
Founder & Owner of Katie’s Bakery, Pasadena, CA

Watch a video of Lynn Griffith and her SCORE LA mentor

Link to an article in Pasadena Now.
Katie’s Bakery offers simple small sweets

Yoga-urt by Melissa

Developing Yoga-urt took close to four years of research, building my business plan, and finding funding, although I was turned down many times, including by my family. During this time, I developed skills in business planning, budgeting, marketing, everything related to opening up a restaurant, never giving up on my dream. I worked closely with Randy Lash from SCORE to prepare my financials for the business plan and went to several workshops, which nurtured my entrepreneurial skills. Eventually, with support from SCORE, I was able to win financing from SBDC PCR to open up my store and have been operating for the last couple years.

Read the full Yoga-urt story

“I came to SCORE about growing pains my internet sales business faced. Specifically, our need for more physical warehouse space, seasonal cash flow issues and justification for adding employees. Over 14 months, my SCORE mentor and I resolved all issues and he helped me grow sales and profit.”

Orr Ben-Zvy, Simple Compounding Goods, Inc.
Chatsworth, CA

“When we began our business, we did not know anything about running our own small business. We came to SCORE looking for information on how to start, insurance needs, marketing ideas, advertising ideas, business licenses that were needed. SCORE helped us with all those pieces to start a small business.

SCORE expertise was invaluable to us.”

Gail Meyer & Kathy Flood, Moving Matters, LLC
San Fernando Valley

“SCORE has been incredibly helpful from day one. We attended numerous workshops, webinars and worked with our mentor to navigate early start up questions, issues and challenges.”

Lisa Woods, GroundSwell Group, Los Angeles