Grand Traverse-area SCORE serves 600+ aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners each year, through free confidential mentoring and business workshops. Here are just a few of the local success stories among SCORE clients.

Jeanine RupertJeanine Rupert, Co-owner, Pine Hill Nursery at Village Gardens

“We were honored to be named Hagerty Small Business of the Year for 2015 by the TC Chamber of Commerce. SCORE mentors helped with planning when we opened our Traverse City location, and I am still consulting with them fifteen years later!”


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Missy Charles, Owner BREW, LLC – Traverse City

“SCORE’s insight was invaluable. From the very beginning, they were my “compass in the storm”. Their wide range of knowledge was helpful from writing the original plan to opening the doors. I can’t thank SCORE enough.”

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Ed Roth, Owner Roth Shirt Co. – Traverse City

“I have been very grateful for the counseling I have received from SCORE. A new business owner would be remiss to not try a meeting with SCORE. It costs nothing and provides invaluable advice and accountability. SCORE is one of Grand Traverse County’s greatest resources for entrepreneurs.”

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Jessica Posiak, Owner WANT Expeditions – Traverse City

“Despite my experience running a medium-sized international travel company out of Europe for the past five years, when I decided to start up operations in the US, SCORE’s mentoring was integral to a seamless and painless transition.”

Kris RockwoodKris Rockwood owner of Press On Juice

“After I decided to start Press On Juice, I know I needed to seek out models, mentors, and coaches that have experience and are willing to share their knowledge to ensure I could build a strong business. I needed someone who would push me to be even better, encourage me in the right direction, and help me understand when I was pushing in the wrong direction. SCORE offered me all of that and more. If I hadn’t had SCORE mentors, I wouldn’t be here today.”

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Jay Kraft, Bay Breeze Yacht Sales

“I wanted to expand my business opportunities and I turned to SCORE. They helped me think through my options, kept in touch with me and continue to offer insight, motivation, and encouragement. I will continue to use them when needed”.

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Jeff and Misha Neidorfler, Owners Morsels – Traverse City

“Having one-on-one leadership through SCORE when opening and operating a business is unique and advantageous. The tailored, experienced, and professional advice, ideas, and positive reinforcement that we received have been integral to our success. SCORE should be taken advantage of by all businesses!”

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Jeff Weymouth and Kathi Wagner, Owners VIKRON Energy Solutions, LLC – Traverse City

“Thanks to SCORE, we’ve had the privilege of working directly with two accomplished business professionals who have mentored us in every aspect of developing our business… from financial projections to marketing and sales. Two years after successfully launching our business, we continue to seek SCORE’s advice. Their expertise and guidance have been invaluable. It’s hard to believe it’s a free service! We highly recommend SCORE to anyone who is considering starting their own business.”