SCORE Client Stories: Meet Greg Mayer of One Click Fix

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THE ENTREPRENEUR

Greg Mayer started One Click Fix, an on-site computer repair business, in 2015 after selling his successful computer repair shop in North Asheville. One Click Fix offers the convenience of on-site setup, troubleshooting, maintenance, training, and computer repair across a wide variety of systems.

I met Greg at one his many jobs of the day, an art gallery in downtown Asheville, where cables had run amuck and wi-fi was spotty at best. He confidently introduced me as his assistant and after a quick sideways glance I smiled and extended my hand. Our interview took place on the job and consisted of Greg managing the tasks at hand while I interjected questions at inopportune moments, because, like any good business owner, Greg puts his clients first.

THE SCORE COUNSELOR

Greg’s counselor shared that he enjoyed working with Greg, stating that he is “a very high-energy guy and a unique thinker” who is also open to feedback.

SCORE counselors are real-world professionals with time-tested knowledge who donate thousands of hours to help existing local businesses and entrepreneurs starting a business succeed. Counselors are experts in areas such as accounting, finance, marketing, management and business plan preparation.

THE INTERVIEW

How did SCORE Asheville assist you when starting One Click Fix?

Right off the bat they asked me some very important questions about my business and then paired me with a more than adequate mentor and peer who helped me structure my plans.

They provided me with someone who I can bounce ideas off of. I’m constantly learning and always reaching out to mentors now to keep growing, because I never know what advice will be offered. There is always something to learn.

What three words or phrases would you use to describe your entrepreneurial journey?

Starting anew. Driven. An opportunity to give back.

What’s your biggest challenge?

Project management.

What would you like to accomplish next?

Retire at 55 and do something completely different. I want to shift gears entirely! Maybe mentor, similar to what SCORE does. Helping people build their dreams.

What advice would you give other entrepreneurs?

Seek out the SCORE team to help you find out what you don’t know. Go in with an open mind, ask questions, and then have them ask you questions to help develop a plan.

What do you think the biggest key to success is?

Getting up earlier, staying up later, and doing it 7 days a week. You have to be willing to put in the time. You have to give it your all, especially when you’re starting out.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? When you’re not working.

I cook. Currently I’m perfecting a recipe for chicken carbonara.

And very rarely, I play video games. Maybe 30 minutes every 2 weeks.

Meet Our Volunteers: Gezil Andrews

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SCORE volunteers are experts, successful professionals, and former business owners that give back to the local business community. Our members come from many different backgrounds, industries, regions, and stories. We are all united by our desire to encourage, educate, and support business owners, entrepreneurs, and startups. Today we’d like you to meet Gezil Andrews, one of our SCORE counselors in Asheville. Here is what Gezil has to share about why she volunteers and what skills she brings to the table for local clients.

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SCORE Women’s Business Roundtable July 20, 2016 is SOLD OUT!

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Our July 20th Women’s Business Roundtable, part of our Spring/Summer Series about Women and New Entrepreneurial Horizon, is SOLD OUT!

Local trainer, teacher, and web designer Sarah Benoit of the JB Media Institute will be talking about Internet marketing and how you can make the most of your online presence. She will answer questions during an open Q & A about website design and development, social media, SEO and any other digital marketing questions you are burning to ask an expert.

When
Thursday June 20, 2016 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM EDT

Where
A-B Tech – Enka, Small Business Center, Room 2046
1459 Sand Hill Rd
Candler, NC 28715

If you would like to get on our waiting list please email roundtables@ashevillescore.org.

 

SCORE Client Stories: Meet Kristi King of Climb-It Cat

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At Asheville SCORE we are humbled and honored to work with many different kinds of clients, business owners, startups, and entrepreneurs in Asheville and throughout WNC. Our clientele are action-oriented, driven, and inspiring. Many of them have successfully owned companies in the past and they are looking for new ways to grow their businesses and organizations. Some of them have had an incredibly lucrative career and are now interested in using their skills and passions to move in a new professional direction.

Kristi King of Climb-It Cat is one of these clients and she was willing to share part of her journey with us. Here is her story told during our interview:

Kristi & DoraWhat is your name?

Kristi King

What is your business name?

Climb-It Cat

What do you do?

Climb-it Cat makes eco-friendly products for cats and their guardians to make their lives easier and healthier.

Where did you grow up?

Marin County, California

When did you start the business?

April 2014

How have SCORE services helped you?

Initially when I came to Asheville SCORE we discussed a possible patent for our first product. They also helped counsel us on marketing and pricing.

What was your greatest business success?

A successful Kickstarter campaign where we raised over $10,000. This was extremely exciting.

What one thing do you wish you had done differently with your business?

I wish we had run the Kickstarter campaign after selling some of our products in order to build a larger fan base.

What one piece of advice would you give to new entrepreneurs?

Make sure you are passionate about your business and don’t be afraid of making mistakes, because the first few years are lots and lots of hard work, usually at very low pay. There will be many obstacles to overcome along the way and your passion and courage will give you the strength to keep moving forward.

What do you like to do when you are not working?

Gardening, reading, binging on Netflix, and, of course, spending time with my cats!

SCORE Women’s Business Roundtable June 16, 2016: Lessons from Successful Entrepreneurs

If you have never attended a Women’s Business Roundtable then join us for our June 16th event, part of our Spring/Summer Series about Women and New Entrepreneurial Horizon

Come sit at the table with 3 successful local women who have walked in your shoes and through determination, grit, business savvy, marketable ideas and solid planning have viable going concerns today.

When
Thursday June 16, 2016 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM EDT

Where
A-B Tech – Enka, Small Business Center, Room 2046
1459 Sand Hill Rd
Candler, NC 28715

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SCORE Client Stories: Kathleen Lewis, Owner of SewLink and Southern Decor

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Meet Kathleen Lewis of Sew Link and Southern Decor

At Asheville SCORE we are honored to work with a wide variety of clients in Western North Carolina. Our entrepreneurs are motivated and inspired. Many of them have had successful careers and companies in the past and they are looking for new ways to grow their businesses and organizations, and in some cases the chance to move in a new professional direction.

Kathleen Lewis, owner of SewLink and Southern Decor, was one of these clients in search of counseling and support as her work and her business evolved with the marketplace. When interviewed here is what she shared with us:

What is your name?

Kathleen Lewis

What is your business name?

My businesses are called SewLink and also Southern Decor.

What do you do?

I provide and manage sewing contracts as SewLink and manufacture products and home décor under Southern Decor.

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Asheville SCORE Sponsors 1 Million Cups Asheville

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Wednesday Morning 1 Million Cups Asheville – The Perfect Way to Start Your Day

1mclogoWhat is 1 Million Cups?

1 Million Cups is a networking and experiential learning opportunity that is part of a larger community where meetings happen each week across the United States. Each event has the same meeting format to create consistency across locations and commits to the same basic principles of support, trust, and respect.

  • Every Wednesday morning one or two early stag startups present their businesses to an audience of peers, mentors, educators, colleagues, advisors, and more.
  • Each week the startup representatives should have prepared for their talk by studying and implementing best practices from the Kauffman Founders School “Powerful Presentation” series.
  • Each startup has 6 minutes to share their ideas, concepts, and work. This is followed by a 20 minute Q & A with the attendees.
  • After the event attendees provide feedback via an audience survey and from the local 1 Million Cups organizers.
  • 1 Million Cups is a national movement that works to provide a supportive, neutral, welcoming space where entrepreneurs can come to be honest, open, and transparent about their challenges, accomplishments, struggles, and successes.

Who Should Attend?

There are two different types of people and organizations that should attend the weekly 1 Million Cups Asheville events.

First, any startup company in Western North Carolina that would like feedback and support for their idea within the local entrepreneurial community.

Second, any business owner, entrepreneur, or professional that would like to network, get to know, and support other movers and shakers in the Asheville region.

When?

Wednesday mornings from 9 AM to 10 AM.

Where?

RISC Networks located in downtown Asheville at: 81 Broadway Suite C Asheville, NC 28801

How to Learn More

Visit the website: 1millionscups.com/asheville.

Why is SCORE a 1 Million Cups Sponsor?

Asheville SCORE exists to support the local entrepreneurial, startup, and business community. Our counseling services and seminars benefit a wide variety of professionals and industries each year. Our goal is to provide all of our clients and students with access to other resources within the community and 1 Million Cups Asheville is one of these resources. When we partner with other organizations and groups focused on building our small business and entrepreneurial network in Asheville, we know we are helping to support and grow the community as a whole.

 

What Clients Say about SCORE in the High Country

Asheville SCORE Serves Clients throughout Western North Carolina

In addition to providing the small business and entrepreneurial community of Asheville with free counseling and business seminars, Asheville SCORE supports business owners and professionals in all parts of Western North Carolina. Learn why our clients in the High Country love working with SCORE and how we have helped them grow.

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Meet Our Volunteers – Elizabeth Lynne Pou

 

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SCORE volunteers are people who give back to the local business community, many of them after they have retired from the workforce. Our members come from all backgrounds, professions, locations, and personal stories. We are all united by our goal to support, encourage, and educate business owners, entrepreneurs, and startups. Today we’d like you to meet Elizabeth Lynne Pou, one of our SCORE counselors in Asheville and our current Chair. Here is what Elizabeth has to share about why she volunteers and what skills she brings to the table for local clients.

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Meet Our Volunteers: Cathy De Troia

SCORE volunteers are people who give back to the local business community, many of them after they have retired from the workforce. Our members come from all backgrounds,  professions, locations, and personal stories. We are all united by our goal to support, encourage, and educate business owners, entrepreneurs, and startups. Today we’d like you to meet Cathy De Troia, one of our SCORE counselors in Asheville. Here is what Cathy has to share about why she volunteers and what skills she brings to the table for local clients.

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