Success Stories

Pastries Taste Better with Some Help From SBA

Ever since Cindy Dobo-Hoffman was a child, she wanted to own a bakery. It all started when Cindy was seven years old and her aunt gave her a chocolate mold with the ingredients to make heart shaped suckers. Her aunt told her to make the suckers and sell them for 35 cents. Since that time she was hooked on business and wanted to own her own bakery. She still has that sucker mold in use!

In 1997 the opportunity became available for Cindy and her husband, Kevin, to buy a bakery in Piqua. They purchased the bakery and started getting used to the 3 a.m. to 6 p.m. baker's hours. It was particularly difficult in the beginning since they lived in Cincinnati. Cindy stayed with a friend in Dayton during the week and went home to Cincinnati on the weekend for the first three months. They finally rented out their Cincinnati house, pending sale, and moved to Piqua.

The bakery retails and wholesales their homemade cakes, pies and donuts but specializes in Hungarian... Read More

CEO and President of Edoc Named 1st Runner-up for Cincinnati SCORE Client of the Year

CEO and President Jim Mullaney first met with his SCORE counselor, Ralph Lowenstein, in 1998 seeking advice about how to grow his business.

Initial work focused on creating a business plan to guide future growth. However, Ralph and Jim covered a wide range of topics including financial reviews, human resource issues and marketing.

As a result of Mullaney’s focus on the development of his business model, Edoc found a unique niche and is a very profitable, growing firm.

Mullaney views SCORE, and his counselor Ralph in particular, as an important business partner. He said, “I have great confidence in the services provided by SCORE. They helped me cover a lot of ground throughout the development and evolution of Electronic Document Services (Edoc). In fact, I still rely on them—I don’t make any significant decisions without discussing them with my SCORE counselor.”
 

Cliffs Lake and Shrimp Ranch

Owned and operated by Nathan Hogue and Waite Frye, Cliff's Lake is a pay lake and bait house business located in Scioto County. Although business was good, Nathan and Waite foresaw the need to diversify their business into a multiple enterprise operation in order to continue to be profitable.

One area they were interested in exploring was aquaculture. With water resources already on site, they sought a way to effectively use those resources. Nathan and Waite partnered with the OSU South Centers SBDC and Aquaculture Program and soon became collaborators on a funded research project. The project involved adopting technology for freshwater prawn production - developed in Kentucky - to farms in Southern Ohio. After a successful fall harvest, they have plans to further expand their shrimp and catfish culture operation. They have even changed their name to Cliff's Lake and Shrimp Ranch.

Clientele repeatedly commented on the scenic location of the pay lake and the... Read More

Daily Reporter 03/10/06.

After serving nearly 20 years in the military, David Tibbs established Vertical Horizons One, Inc. in 2001 to perform studies and analyses for government and other nonprofit organizations.

Tibbs, chairman and chief executive officer of the company, said he did so simply because he believed it was his duty.

'My father, a former Tuskeegee Airman, instilled in me that service to one's country and to your fellow man was what life was all about,' Tibbs said, adding that he saw a need to improve public-sector management.

VHO provides research and development services such as Web-based security, laser hardened materials, heavy engineering, and health sciences.

Tibbs said he has received tremendous support from the SBA.

'VHO is part of the SBA 8(a) Business Development Program, and SBA has been very supportive in providing timely information and guidance. SBA helped steer us on the right path toward... Read More

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