See how we have helped small businesses in our community

SCORE has produced numerous Success Stories. These are businesses that have been tracked over time and have succeeded due largely to SCORE mentor involvement. Let’s develop a mentoring relationship for you and your business and create another Success Story.

Browse through these SCORE mentoring success stories to learn more about the small businesses we've helped. Use the filters below 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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Inspired Style Company, Salon & Boutique

According to Bohm, a former loan officer, "I heard about SCORE from my days in banking. I had attended local workshops on various topics and knew that their mission was to help... Read more

Michelle Bohm
Owner, Inspired Style Company, Salon & Boutique 
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Moonlighting at PIA

"SCORE is a friendly atmosphere, very non-threating and offers fantastic advice for anyone who wants to start a business.They helped us with our marketing plan to really promote... Read more

Moonlighting at PIA
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Look! It's My Book!

Janet said, “SCORE Peoria was very helpful. Without their help, I believe that Look. It’s My Book! would have not been able to grow the number of students and District 150 schools... Read more

Janet Roth
Owner / Founder, Look! It's My Book!
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Adore Bridal & Specialty

Janice said, “SCORE Peoria is the #1 place to start if you are thinking about starting a business. The mentors helped me evolve my concept into a business plan and then into a... Read more

Janice Yoder
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Scooper Heros

But she had never started a new business before and knew she needed help. SCORE Peoria assigned three mentors, each with different skills and backgrounds, to help her with the... Read more

Kelley Steger
Owner / Founder, Scooper Heros
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Grayboy Motorsports

Sherry said, “I am very grateful to SCORE Peoria and the mentors who helped me. I felt overwhelmed and alone as I was struggling to do this by myself. When SCORE Peoria got... Read more

Grayboy Motorsports
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Threads, Hope & Love

Cindy said, “SCORE Peoria really helped us with this challenge. Using SCORE’s tools, and with the help of two SCORE mentors, we were able to develop a marketing plan for raising... Read more

Cindy Shuford
President and Co-founder, Threads, Hope & Love
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IT 360, Inc.

“Much of the progress and success that IT360 has achieved to date can be closely attributed to the relationship and guidance that we received years ago through our SCORE... Read more

Don Dawson and Matt Machala
President and Vice-President, IT 360, Inc.
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Web Services, Inc.

“I would encourage anyone to try some counseling from SCORE mentors. No one knows everything and, if you can receive free, valuable advice for your business, go for it! SCORE’s... Read more

Tammy Finch
Owner / Founder, Web Services, Inc.
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Zinger Zanger, Inc.

Robin said, “I am a very visual person. The thought of completing 28 pages of words and numbers to think through my business was very unattractive, even repugnant. So I followed a... Read more

Robin Albright
Founder / Owner, Zinger Zanger, Inc.
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The Kern Group

R. Scott Kern, CET, CHS, Managing Partner, said, “We are very pleased with the help we received from SCORE Peoria. Their work with us in 2003-2006 set us on the right path with... Read more

R. Scott Kern and Gregory Kern
President and Managing Partner, The Kern Group
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From PhD to Genealogist

Richard, my mentor, has always believed in me. Even at moments of greatest difficulty, he always believed in my abilities, my capability to learn what I need, and my vision for... Read more

Joshua Grayson
owner, Lost Roots Family History