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Success Stories

SCORE has helped millions of entrepreneurs nationwide to achieve their dreams of owning a small business.
Here are a few of the businesses that our East Bay chapter has counseled along their road to success.

La Plazita Preschool

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La Plazita Preschool and CORE Kitchen -- a subsidiary of advised company CORE Foods -- just won Oakland Indie Awards. La Plazita was awarded the High Road Employer award for model employers who put their employees before profits by providing quality jobs, fostering a positive work environment, and championing beneficial business practices. CORE Kitchen was presented the Innovative Newcomer award, awarded to businesses less than three years old that have excited and inspired their community with a creative new idea, perspective, model or solution.
Congratulations to Krystell and Corey!

LaPlazite Preschool is a Spanish immersion preschool, licensed by the State of California, unique in its approach to preschool education through the Spanish language, culture and age appropriate multicultural activities. The structure is intended to develop the child in building a foundation for their future success.
The SCORE Counselor provided support in developing the entire Business Plan, particularly the financial portion of the plan. He also provided direction on key points necessary for the successful start-up funding, which was approved by the Oakland Business Development Council.

Oakland, CA


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Headded by Shannon Kong, MS, CCC, Speech Language Pathologist.

Our talented team of licensed Speech-Language Pathologists performs evaluations and provides treatment for toddlers, children of all ages and adults.
We see clients with a variety of delays and disorders including:
Verbal Apraxia, Language Impairments, Auditory Processing Disorder, Autism/PDD-NOS
Reading and Writing Difficulties, Adult Neurogenic Disorders and Articulation disorders
2528 Ocean Ave
San Francisco, CA 94132

Z Cafe & Bar

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At Z Cafe 7 Bar, we offer unpretentious contemporary American Bistro fare using the freshest, locally grown meats and produce around the Bay Area. Our menu changes seasonally to provide flavors at their peak.
Score counselor Hank Weiner worked with Zarekaris to open the new Z cafe & Bar.
Oakland, CA

In Bloom

InBloomFrontInBloom2InBloom storefront In Bloom is a clothing boutique just for girls.  We carry mostly casual clothing for girls in sizes 7 to 16, along with a collection of dressy clothes, loungewear, unique gifts and accessories.  It’s the place to find just the right outfits for school or those special occasions, or loungewear for a sleep-over.  We emphasize everyday favorites in colors and designs loved by girls and parents alike. 

The guidance I received from SCORE was invaluable.  From the workshops to my mentor, Larry Tessler… everything was exactly what I needed to develop my business.  It was so nice to have the opportunity to e-mail Larry with any questions I had during this journey.  He offered direction, feedback and recommendations which were always very helpful.  SCORE is a great organization! 
Alameda, CA
(510) 864-1944


EWO LOGO small EASYWORKORDER is a software company providing a cloud based Work order management system for facility management. The product works both on computers and tablets and allows extreme flexibility in control, status and management of facility activities as required.
SCORE helped me to clarify my future direction and product plans. This allowed me to define the resources needed and proceed on the plans for my business growth. It was the most important help I have received in seven years. SCORE is one of the top three resources that every small business owner needs to utilize.
Oakland, CA

Mindful Transitions

MindfulTransitions1 MINDFUL TRANSITIONS provides residential move management services in the San Francisco Bay Area. I coordinate the many stages of a home move from the early desire to downsize, to reviewing future housing options. As a Certified Senior Advisor, and NASMM member, I specialize in assisting families during the sometimes-stressful period when moving a parent or relative is necessary. My approach is to provide excellent service with a high level of trust and integrity. Oakland, CA


iQonnection Mid-range Audio/Video products for business & home.
Our Business niche is the mid range market for Audio/Video products focused on both commercial and custom home systems. We provide design, sales of competitively priced equipment, system installation and complete solutions for this market. 
The SCORE Counselor provided guidance on the set up of our business, the structure and requirements to register the business plus marketing and sales advice. This support was very effective and helped us clarify out goals and requirements.
Pleasanton, CA

Honeycomb Panels LLC

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aluminum honeycomb panels in Oakland, California. 
The company cuts and machines their versatile, lightweight, rigid 
metal products for industrial, architectural & artistic applications
The SCORE Counselor provided business and financial expertise, sound advice and tireless efforts to help Honeycomb Panels LLC create a strong business plan that enabled the company to obtain start-up funding for their unique manufacturing enterprise.
Oakland, CA