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Cleveland native Dave Nolan was rising in his career as a union painter when he lost his leg in a motorcycle accident. While struggling to adapt on a physical level, he was turned away from painting jobs—striking a devastating economic blow. His union suggested he pursue certification as a coatings inspector from NACE International, which works in corrosion control, and that advice eventually led him to entrepreneurship and the U.S. Small Business Administration. Dave earned advanced certifications in industrial coatings inspection. His talent and expertise garnered him senior bridge inspector positions in New York City, where he gained valuable project experience. Dave returned to his hometown and started Quality Control Services when he realized small business ownership was his most lucrative option.

Dave is a frequent volunteer at amputee support groups, where he encourages his listeners to persevere and stay positive. He shows a portrait photo of himself standing on top... Read More

Terry Miller, Owner of Tegrey Coatings

In 1997, Tegrey Family of Coatings Inc. was started in Canton, Ohio by the husband and wife team of Terry and Peggy Miller.  The two had met while both were students in college, and after finishing school Terry could see a future in building a small company specializing in fine interior painting and building exterior cleaning.  The couple founded the Tegrey Family of Coatings, Inc., the very same year they were married.  Since the birth of the company, the Millers have invested in much training and education to expand their own and their employee’s skills. Tegrey Family of Coatings is a proud member of the Painting and Decorating Contractors of America, the Better Business Bureau, and local area Chambers of Commerce.

Although Terry and Peggy have run a successful small business for twenty years, they are always improving their operations, efficiency and profitability.  It was natural for them to turn to SCORE with questions.  Through their connections within the Canton small... Read More

Bethany Homrighaus, owner of Starfish and Coffee in Painesville, Ohio

Bethany Homrighaus' background in journalism, art and retail helped her develop skills integral to her entrepreneurial success. In retail she learned the discipline of hard work and the importance of good customer service. As a journalist, Bethany developed the patience and aptitude necessary to be a great researcher and writer--skills that come into play when promoting a business, replying to customer questions or concerns and communicating a company’s vision to investors and other important resources. Yet even with these well-developed skills, Bethany wisely turned to SBA’s resource partner, the Small Business Development Center at Lake County Community College, for assistance to open her business, and it is off toa strong start. Bethany projects sales will give her ample profits in the first year, thanks to her hard work and the SBDC’s help.

Originally from northeast Ohio, Bethany lived in Washington, D.C. for a period and worked at a bead store from 2005 to2009. The... Read More

Field of Dreams Movie Theaters in Northern Ohio

So goes the Hollywood saying, “Build it and they will come.” – and in the case of the Field of Dreams Drive-In Theaters ™  in Liberty Township and Tiffin, Ohio, that is exactly what happened.  From as far as forty miles away patrons travel to see family-friendly movies in beautiful outdoor settings.  In 2007, at the start of the recession, Donna and Rodney Saunders took a calculated risk.  They poured hard work, financial investment and love into their business, which now thrives.  The Saunders first converted farmland into a drive-in theater; later working in close partnership with the SBA and their lenders, Henry Bank and Sutton Bank, they were able to meet the digital age and grow.

“We took notice of many people commenting about missing a drive-in theater since the last area drive-in closed in 1999,” said Donna Saunders.  “And the drive-in business worked well with my husband’s work availability as a teacher.”  Donna herself is a Senior Information Systems Professional.... Read More