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Covington Catering Company Owner Named SCORE Client of the Year

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Contact: Melinda Zemper                                                                                                              Sept. 26, 2016

Email: mzemper@fuse.net

Phone: (513) 706-3737

 

Covington Catering Company Owner Named SCORE Client of the Year

The Delish Dish catering firm and Made by Mavis jellies and jams of Covington were selected top regional businesses Sept. 16 at the annual SCORE luncheon and awards ceremony.

The two businesses are owned by Mavis Linneman-Clark of Bellevue, Ky.

SCORE is the volunteer arm of the Small Business Administration. Its 100-plus mentors provide no-cost mentoring and low-cost small business workshops for entrepreneurs who are high on passion, but need the practical business guidance and support that only seasoned business owners and managers can provide.

The catering company was formed in 2012 to bring globally-inspired dishes and artisan jams to greater Cincinnati and northern Kentucky. Carlin Stamm of Mt. Lookout is Linneman-Clark’s SCORE mentor.

“I consider Mavis the ideal SCORE client,” said Stamm. “She’s smart, prepared for business meetings and passionate, as well as continually cheerful. She has gone in three years from zero income to about $500,000 projected for this year.”

Linneman-Clark had been working with Stamm on her business when she was selected a Bad Girls Venture finalist in the spring of 2013. She joined the Northern Kentucky Incubator Kitchen to expand her catering business and launched an artisan jam line called Made by Mavis.

Rebecca Volpe, director of the Small Business Development Center at Northern Kentucky University, helped Linneman-Clark develop cost information and financial projections in her search for a suitable building for her to purchase, said Stamm.

In 2015, Linneman-Clark was one of the faces of the Kroger Buys Local campaign through the Kentucky Proud program.

SCORE named two other Clients of the Year: Helping Hands of NKY of Florence, Ky., and NANI Massage of Mason, Ohio.

Annual service awards were also announced at the luncheon. SCORE mentors who have volunteered for 10 years include:

Claudia Aviles of West Chester; Bill Haman of Indian Hill; Tom Moon of Cincinnati; and Dick Wendel of Cincinnati;

SCORE mentors who have volunteered for five years include: Brian Hanley of Cincinnati; Dan Herche of Cincinnati; Mary Hurlburt of Cincinnati; Bill Schlueter of Cincinnati; Greg Spontak of Loveland; Carlin Stamm of Cincinnati; and Jane Vanderhorst of Cincinnati.

For more information about Delish Dish catering, go to www.delishdishcincy.com and for Made by Mavis jams and jellies, go to www.made-by-mavis.myshopify.com.

For information about SCORE workshops or mentoring, call (513) 684-2812 or visit www.scoreworks.org.

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Florence Home Care Company Named SCORE Client of the Year

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Contact: Melinda Zemper                                                                                                              Sept. 26, 2016

Email: mzemper@fuse.net

Phone: (513) 706-3737 

Florence Home Care Company Named SCORE Client of the Year

Helping Hands NKY in Florence, Ky., was selected a Client of the Year Sept. 16 at the annual SCORE luncheon and awards ceremony.

SCORE is the volunteer arm of the Small Business Administration. Its 100-plus mentors provide no-cost mentoring and low-cost small business workshops for entrepreneurs who are high on passion, but need the practical business guidance and support that only seasoned business owners and managers can provide.

Helping Hands is owned by David Sarker of Walton. Steve Bradley of Fort Mitchell and Mary Willenborg of Edgewood are his SCORE mentors.

After a career as a commercial airline pilot, Sarker decided he wanted to spend more time with his two children. He wanted to start a business that would allow him to stay close to home.

He formed Helping Hands NKY in 2010 to provide in-home care for clients who range from ages five to 100-plus years old. The company offers a safe, reliable and caring option for people who need assistance, but prefer to stay in their own homes. It offers grooming and hygiene care; meal planning and preparation; light housekeeping and companionship.

“I met Mary at a chamber of commerce meeting and we clicked right away,” said Sarker. “She told me about SCORE and I jumped at the chance to have help with the business. Originally it was tough, because she and Steve made me do things I didn’t want to do—like look at numbers and setting price points. I also had to make some hard choices about getting rid of an employee who was costly, but not producing.”

“We had a bit of tweaking to do,” said Willenborg. “We helped him with goal setting and gave him confidence that if he raised his rates, people would not care because he had such high-quality customer service.”

Sarker said revenues are on track to reach $500,000 this year. Since his experience with SCORE has been positive and he likes the idea of helping other entrepreneurs, he has decided to become a SCORE mentor, he said.

SCORE named two other Clients of the Year: The Delish Dish catering and Made by Mavis jellies and jams of Covington; and NANI Massage of Mason.

Annual service awards were also announced at the luncheon. SCORE mentors who have volunteered for 10 years include:

Claudia Aviles of West Chester; Bill Haman of Indian Hill; Tom Moon of Cincinnati; and Dick Wendel of Cincinnati;

SCORE mentors who have volunteered for five years include: Brian Hanley of Cincinnati; Dan Herche of Cincinnati; Mary Hurlburt of Cincinnati; Bill Schlueter of Cincinnati; Greg Spontak of Loveland; Carlin Stamm of Cincinnati; and Jane Vanderhorst of Cincinnati.

For more information about Helping Hands NKY, visit www.helpinghandsnky.com.

For information about SCORE workshops or mentoring, call (513) 684-2812 or visit www.scoreworks.org.

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Mason’s NANI Massage Named SCORE Client of the Year

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Contact: Melinda Zemper                                                                              Sept. 26, 2016

Email: mzemper@fuse.net

Phone: (513) 706-3737

Mason’s NANI Massage Named SCORE Client of the Year

NANI Massage of Mason was selected a Client of the Year Sept. 16 at the annual SCORE luncheon and awards ceremony.

The year-and-a-half old company is owned by Nancy Blanchard of Loveland; Matt Roth and Ashley McCarty. Their SCORE mentors are Gilbert Minson of Symmes Township; Dick Wendel of Cincinnati; and Jane Vanderhorst of Cincinnati.

SCORE is the volunteer arm of the Small Business Administration. Its 100-plus mentors provide no-cost mentoring and low-cost small business workshops for entrepreneurs who are high on passion, but need the practical business guidance and support that only seasoned business owners and managers can provide.

“When I began to help NANI, they were small, but going like gangbusters,” said Minson. “I’ve seen a beautiful transformation in their business that takes massage from a luxury to a necessity.”

Blanchard said she and her partners worked on their business plan for two years and knew they had something special, but needed to hear it from a business professional. They planned to combine the holistic powers of therapeutic massage with various healing ingredients to deliver a transformational client experience that would rejuvenate the body, quiet the mind and refresh the soul, according to their website.

“If it wasn’t for SCORE, we wouldn’t be where we are right now,” said Blanchard. “From that first meeting, Gilbert gave us confidence and suggestions that caused ideas to explode out of us in meetings.”

NANI has purchased a dedicated phone system and grew from 13 to 20 massage therapists since SCORE began mentoring it. The owners plan to add another location in West Chester or Liberty Township sometime next year.

SCORE also named two other Clients of the Year: The Delish Dish catering and Made by Mavis jellies and jams of Covington; and Helping Hands of NKY of Florence, Ky.

Annual service awards were also announced at the luncheon. SCORE mentors who have volunteered for 10 years include:

Claudia Aviles of West Chester; Bill Haman of Indian Hill; Tom Moon of Cincinnati; and Dick Wendel of Cincinnati;

SCORE mentors who have volunteered for five years include: Brian Hanley of Cincinnati; Dan Herche of Cincinnati; Mary Hurlburt of Cincinnati; Bill Schlueter of Cincinnati; Greg Spontak of Loveland; Carlin Stamm of Cincinnati; and Jane Vanderhorst of Cincinnati.

For more information about NANI Massage, visit www.nanimassage.com.

For information about SCORE workshops or mentoring, call (513) 684-2812 or visit www.scoreworks.org.

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Four Businesses Named SCORE Greater Cincinnati Clients of the Year

Contact: Melinda Zemper Sept. 24, 2014
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Email: mzemper@fuse.net

Four Businesses Named SCORE Greater Cincinnati Clients of the Year
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A nonprofit that builds self-esteem in girls through art, video production studio, exhibit fabricator and a tax franchise were named top greater Cincinnati SCORE Clients of the Year Sept. 19 at a Maketewah Country Club luncheon meeting.

A Brush of Hope headed by Aimee Lowrance of Mason; JYSproductions led by Jason Young of Kenwood; Exhibit 3 Fabrications headed by Dave Johnson of Hebron, Ky.; and Liberty Tax, headed by Gina Pinto Williams of Hyde Park were all named top clients for their determination, professionalism and success.

Williams also received a national SCORE award recently in Washington, D.C. as the ‘Top Small Business Franchise of the Year.” She is also slated to be named “Distinguished Hispanic Ohioan” by the state of Ohio for helping educate the Hispanic community on financial and fiscal responsibilities.

Mike Martin, outgoing SCORE chairman, said that 10 million aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners have been helped by SCORE chapters since the organization was founded in 1964. Each year SCORE nationwide provides small business mentoring and workshops to more than 375,000 new and growing small businesses.
In greater Cincinnati, which includes 19 counties in southern Ohio, northern Kentucky and southeast Indiana, last year alone, SCORE’s 100 experienced counselors mentored 1,500 small business clients and created more than 305 jobs.
Fifty six percent of SCORE clients are women; 28 percent are minorities and 12 percent are veterans. Seventy percent of Cincinnati SCORE clients last year were starting a business and 30 percent were already in business.

Jim Stahly, incoming greater Cincinnati SCORE chairman, said that the federal government funds only a portion of each of its 350 chapters nationwide. “We get a 47 to one leverage on every dollar we get from the U.S. government,” said Stahly. “Locally, it only costs $137 for each job we create locally. And we do it all on about $11,000 from the federal government. The rest is covered by fees received from the 55 small business seminars we conduct annually and the generosity of many corporate and individual donors.”

SCORE’s business partners include: Jim Kummer of A Caring Choice; Cheryl Stamm and Corey Drushal of Bad Girl Ventures; Barbara Wagner, of Chase Law School at Northern Kentucky University; Jeffrey Holtegel, Cincinnati State University; Rochelle Thompson and Yvette Simpson of the City of Cincinnati; Chasta Postler, CMC Properties; Robert Killins, Greater Cincinnati Foundation; Dr. John Clarkin, Haile College of Business at Northern Kentucky University; Patrick Longo and David Main of Hamilton County Development Center; Albert Hallenberg, Hamilton County Library; Chris Lawson and Antony Seppi, Hamilton Mill; Robin Washienko and Connie Condo of Huntington Bank; Ann Schoenenberger of the Kenton County Library; Ian Murray of Murray Multimedia Resources; Ella Frye of KNY Re-Kindle; Kyle Horseman, Mark Peachey and Trey Grayson of KNY Chamber of Commerce; Sue Wilke of P&G Alumni Foundation; Glenn Clevenger of Small Business Administration Cincinnati Office; Shannon Feucht of SBA District Office; Chip Bonny, Stephen Wilson and John Rost of LCNB National Bank; Dr. E. Gregory of Small Business Development Centers; Rebecca Volpe, Small Business Development Centers- NKU; Donna Amos of Solopreneur Solutions; Lew Goldfarb of University of Cincinnati Law Clinic; Robert McEwan and Dr. Tom Dalziel of University of Cincinnati; John Bosse of Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber of Commerce; Joseph Hinson of the West Chester-Liberty Township Chamber Alliance; Beth Tu-Hoffman of Willow Ridge Plastics; Thomas C. Moore; Greg Neissen of Mt. Washington Bank; Bonnie Deer; Michelle Hummel of Webmedia Experts; Richard Curry Sr. of LPL Financial; Amanda Greenwell of Uptech; Karla Boldery of Greater Cincinnati Urban Award; Howard Kaplin of Kaplin Litwin Kaplin; Carmen Krupar of Cybervise Limited; Emilie Johnson of OTR Chamber of Commerce; Alysia McDonald of Duke Energy Foundation; John Barrett, Ed Babbitt and Michael Laasch of Western & Southern; Dean Gregory of Montgomery Boathouse; and Mark LaRosa and Michael Selker of LaRosa Inc.

For more information about greater Cincinnati SCORE, its counseling, team mentoring, and seminars and workshops, go to www.scoreworks.org or call (513) 684-2812. # # #

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