Success Stories

Three SCORE clients win prizes in HCC/New Spring Busniess Plan Competition

SCORE Mentor: Ron Consolino

Beth Shapiro

Jerry Hoffman and Raj Mashruwala
plus several others

Texas Swim Academy won first place and was awarded $12,000 along with a media package from Small Business Today Magazine and Talk Show.

Second place winners included Three Brothers Bakery with an $8,000 prize and third place was awarded to with a $4,000 prize.

Honorable mentions of $1,000 was awarded to Got Dirty Blinds?, LLC.

Texas Swim Academy was the winner of SBA's Entrepreneurial Success Award in 2014.  Read more

Three Brothers Bakery was the winner ofSBA's Family owned Business Award for 2013.  Read more


On Tuesday, April 28, 2015, Houston Community College and Newspring celebrated winners of the eighth annual HCC Newspring Business Plan Competition, awarding $26,000 in prize money and over $20,000 in in-kind prizes to some of Houston's rising entrepreneurs.

Texas Swim Academy won first place and was awarded $12,000. Three Brothers Bakery won second place and $8,000 and third place was awarded to with a $4,000 prize. Honorable mentions of $1,000 were awarded to Taste Houston and Got Dirty Blinds?, LLC. Prize sponsors included MetroNational, Wallis State Bank, Midway, Amegy Bank, Legacy Rags, Vintage Veins and Constant Contact. In-kind sponsors included Richard Tyler International, Small Business Today, Houston West Chamber of Commerce, True Color Graphics, Three Brothers Bakery, Bullritos, and Brown Bag Deli.

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Individual Success Storeis: Each year SCORE helps tens of thousands of small businesses. Find out how today's entrepreneurs are succeeding with the benefit of free and confidential business counseling from SCORE. Click on the photographs below to read the full story.



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Entrepreneur Sherri Luehr lauds score counselors (Oliver Mann, Rital Leader and the Principal Advisor, Rob Gay) for their role in guiding her successful launch of Parachute Consulting ... read more

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Mobile Cuisine: Matti Merrell and her husband Rodney Perry, of Green Seed Vegan & Elixir Bar use a food truck to sell their vegan cuisine. On weekdays, it is parked at 2305 Wheeler in the Third Ward. On weekends, they take it to events around town.



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Omar and Amirah Saleem can turn around a passport or visa in 24 hours at their A1 Passport and Visa store in Houston. A1 Passport charges anywhere from $49 to expedite a passport in 11 to 15 days to $249 for same-day service. 

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In 1998 Thomas Tsan and Kim Tang founded TK Consultants, a data security consulting firm providing governance, risk and compliance solutions to Fortune 1000 as well as medium sized businesses that employ Systems Applications Programming (SAP) software.


Anthony D. Newton, Jr. founded Kaduceus, Inc. to provide “Hands-On” career training to high school students interested in pursuing a career in the healthcare industry. programs include Pharmacy Technician, Medical Billing and Coding, and Veterinarian Technician


In July 2008 Kairy-tate Barkley founded French Cuff Boutique,a women’s apparel and accessories boutique located at the crossroads of Houston’s West University Place and Bellaire neighborhoods with the goal of providing a personal, convenient, and stylish shopping experience in an intimate neighborhood setting.


In 2001 Dr. Yamile Jackson, PhD  founded Zakeez, Inc., an ergonomics and human factors company that specializes in the research and development of innovative and unique products and services that not only improve the quality of life of children, but that help parents and babies feel closer to each other.

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Justin Perryman founded Global Service Group in early 2007 to assist businesses with finding government and government contractor bidding opportunities and developing proposals to succeed more effectively in the acquisition process.


Older success stories: A Helping Hand     Big G Express    R.E.A.D.

SCORE counselor J.B. Day's pointers on succeeding as a startup with little money:
• Forget the luxury of falling ill or taking a vacation. A nascent small business is like a baby, and you must attend to its every need.
• Find a niche and fill it so you can set yourself apart.
• Prepare a thorough business plan. It's not just for investors, it's for you. Revise your plan often based on how you are doing.
• Know your competition better than they know themselves so their weakness become your strengths and their strengths are your strengths.
• Even if you are small, line up sufficient financing. There are creative ways to find it, such as getting financing from your merchandise supplier.