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.

Get Your Mentor

Have you found success in your business with the help of a SCORE mentor? Submit your success story to share on Your company may be profiled in SCORE national marketing and press that can reach millions of people. We're excited to spread the word about your story!

Submit Your Success Story
Narrow by
success story


BE-IMAGINATIVE is an Emmy Award-winning collective of artists, healers, and community leaders who are dedicated to healing our black and brown communities through multidimensional... Read more

Ayesha Walker
Co-Founder and CEO, Be-Imaginative
success story

The Damel

Oumar Diouf is the Chef and founder of The Damel, a quick service, take-out and delivery food service business in Oakland, that serves West African and South American cuisine,... Read more

Oumar Diouf
Chef and Founder, The Damel
success story

Umami Mart

Kayoko Abakori and and Yoko Kumano founded Umami Mart as an international food + drink blog in 2007. In 2012, they opened their retail shop, Umami Mart, in Oakland. It is a... Read more

Kayoko Akabori and Yoko Kumano
Co-Founders, Umami Mart
success story

Knitting for Community Resiliency

My earliest mentor Jan helped me to choose the business type that I wanted to be in and mentored me all the way to sample production to setting up my knit studio in Oakland. There... Read more

Altansuvd Batmunkh
Founder and CEO, Endert LLC dba Altalun
success story

Homewatch CareGivers of Oakland

An MBA prepared Benjamin to run a business, but his SCORE mentor, Jim Carlson, helped him secure a loan. SCORE also encouraged the Blooms to network and to further develop their... Read more

Benjamin Bloom
Homewatch CareGivers of Oakland
success story

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
success story

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.
success story

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
success story

Overnight Success; 20 years later

Several ways!! He helped me to understand financial reports and financing. How credit works, how to get it, and what to use it for. He gave me confidence to move forward even when... Read more

Tracee Murphy
CEO/Principal Designer, Trade Mark Interiors, Inc.
success story

REDCON Solutions Group (REDCON)

Our monthly meetings allow me to stay focused on the strategies we have developed. Having a clear set of valid and attainable goals has helped my business experience significant... Read more

Kyle Evans
President/CEO, REDCON Solutions Group (REDCON)