Client of the Year Will Win $3,000

SCORE Announces Three Finalists

Client of the Year Will Win $3,000

Cincinnati, Ohio – 

For the first time ever, finalists for SCORE’s 2018 Client of the Year recognition award will be vying for a $3,000 cash prize to be provided by Kemba Credit Union. SCORE Chapter Chair Pat McKay affirmed, "Every year, the selection process becomes more exciting as we see our clients’ businesses succeed and grow.  They have all worked so hard and they are each making a real contribution to the local economy.  It was very difficult to narrow the field to just three finalists and we are especially pleased that the winner will receive Kemba’s generous prize.”    

Kemba Credit Union, one of Cincinnati’s most respected financial institutions is honored to take part in this year’s award.  “Knowing that these talented individuals are the future of the Greater Cincinnati business community, confirms our commitment to SCORE and all the great work they do,” said Dan Sutton, President/CEO of Kemba.  

The three local business owners chosen as finalists will be honored at a luncheon in October. They are: Kristen C. Bailey, owner of Sweets & Meats BBQ, Amy Connor, owner of CMO-OnLoan, and Patrick Moloughney, Mark Santanello and Nathan Sivitz, owners of Macaron Bar.  These finalists have distinctly different backgrounds and businesses, each with compelling stories on how they built their businesses and how SCORE helped them along the way.  

SCORE mentor Mike Mulligan said he is proud to nominate Kristen C. Bailey and Sweets & Meats BBQ. After launching as a roadside pit stop in 2014, they grew into catering and then a food truck in 2016, and finally into a carry-out store location in 2017. Sweet & Meats BBQ has almost doubled in size each year in existence and currently employs eleven people.  Their next venture focus will be a sit-down restaurant by 2020.  

CMO-OnLoanprovides Chief Marketing Officer expertise on a consultative basis to privately-held companies in the region.  In business just two years, CMO-OnLoan’s growth has been strong. Owner Amy Connor said “My SCORE mentors, Mary Jane Good and Bob Leslie, have been invaluable to me in my journey to starting and growing my business in the last year. They have given me strategic guidance, market intelligence, wisdom from experience, and support from their hearts.” 

SCORE Mentor Thane Brown remarked, "The Macaron Baris a successful business and it demonstrates the value of SCORE to small business." Working with a SCORE mentor since 2017, the Macaron Bar has trimmed costs, opened a new store, and closed poorly performing stores. Their bottom line is now healthy and growing, and they continue to focus on volume and profit growth. They operate three locations and are presently opening a fourth. Besides baking and selling macarons, Macaron Bar offers coffee, baking classes and pairing events. Providing employment to 16 individuals, they also sell wholesale to other companies.  

To be considered for SCORE Client of the Year, clients must have been in business at least one year, have demonstrated growth and profitability, embraced the SCORE process, and be an enthusiastic partner with his or her mentor. 

SCORE Greater Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky and Southeast Indiana Chapter is a nonprofit organization with more than 100 experienced volunteers who offer free mentoring in all aspects of business development and operations.  The chapter offers low-cost educational seminars and maintains an extensive library of business briefs and online webinars.  SCORE is the oldest and largest free business mentoring organization in the US with over 12,000 volunteers nationwide who are motivated to give back to their local communities through their support of small business.   

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