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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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