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Browse through these SCORE Ventura mentoring success stories to learn more about the small businesses we've helped. Use the filters to browse stories by business topic, entrepreneur type, business stage, or industry. Once you've learned how we've helped others, sign up for your mentor today.

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Château Staffing

Before seeking out a mentor, Maya made a list of traits she was looking for. She found a perfect match in Prentiss Uchida, who she says has an “entrepreneurial mindset.” Later,... Read more

Maya Djokic and Bernard Djokic
Founders, Château Staffing
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Neptune Dive Service

SCORE mentor Robert Tongen guided Mykytiuk through the process of launching, mapping out which steps to take and when. Mykytiuk advises other potential small business owners to be... Read more

Brian Mykytiuk
Neptune Dive Service
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Haines Security Solutions, LLC

During the budget sequestration, Haines went to a SCORE workshop where he says he was asked questions about his business that he had never thought about before. Later, Haines... Read more

Doug Haines
Haines Security Solutions, LLC
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Unzicker

Unzicker came to SCORE weary of traveling for the juried shows on which she relied for much of her income, and concerned about the decline of that particular market (and thus her... Read more

Elaine Unzicker
Unzicker
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Dreamy Creations

Braddock attended a SCORE workshop to help develop her business plan and sought mentoring from SCORE mentor Harvey Finkle. Finkle has helped answer financial questions and give... Read more

Jenica Braddock
Dreamy Creations
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The Alexandria Academy

SCORE mentors Robert Machon and Harry Croner encouraged McEnnan to attend a SCORE social media and marketing workshop to help spread the word about her business. They also helped... Read more

Stacey McEnnan
The Alexandria Academy
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Lori's Original Lemonade

Volk says SCORE mentors Joe Hausenbauer and Robert Tongen have been instrumental in guiding her through the process of funding her first production runs. She says, “They were... Read more

Lori Volk
Lori's Original Lemonade
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Upper Lake Home Goods

“My business is up 40% this year versus when Richard and I met last year for the first time,” Levy reports. “Richard taught me in depth how to accurately create cash flow and... Read more

Karen Levy
Owner, Upper Lake Home Goods
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From Corporate to Startup

I needed some mentorship in marketing and sales. I did not really know where to start. Gary helped me tremendously by breaking down the process into smaller steps. He helped me... Read more

Anne-Sophie Le Bloas
CEO, Ravacan Inc.
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Mentoring Mentors

Ben Fisco has been a continual reminder of the importance of the "bottom line". He offers ideas and suggestions that are within my ability, keeps me focused and accountable, and... Read more

Tricia Beck
Founder, CEO, Beck Leadership

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