For Immediate Release
Cincinnati, Ohio – SCORE Greater Cincinnati Chapter recently announced the three finalists for their 2019 Client of the Year recognition award. Finalists will be vying for a $3,000 cash award to be provided by Kemba Credit Union. SCORE Chapter Chair Pat McKay affirmed, “This was an especially challenging year to select our finalists from among many successful and qualified businesses. It is so rewarding to see the growth of these clients’ businesses and the significant contributions they are making to their communities. We are delighted that Kemba is providing such a generous award to recognize the hard work of our winner.
Kemba Credit Union is honored to once again support this year’s award. “Hearing the testimonials from the past couple of years has affirmed our commitment to SCORE and its’ mentoring program. The hard work and dedication these finalists have put into their business and community is a testament to themselves and the SCORE program.” 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 Wendy Klepcyk and Sarah Kleiner, owners of Envisage Architecture LLC, Sherry Love, owner of New Seasons Estate Sales and Molly Reckman Nagle, owner of Spruce Nail Shop. 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.
Envisage Architecture LLC focuses on architectural services to retail and commercial clients, assisting them in the journey from real estate selection, space programming and design and through construction. With 20+ years’ experience in the optical industry, their initial concentration has been with independent optometrists but spans other businesses as well. In just two years, growth has been strong. Owners Wendy Klepcyk and Sarah Kleiner said of their SCORE mentor: “Kelly Dehan’s mentoring through SCORE has been invaluable. Her experience as a successful female business owner has provided us with the confidence we need to expand our business. She is our biggest cheerleader….. Her help in developing our three-year plan has given us the tools we need to navigate through all of the potential opportunities that are presenting themselves.”
Wendy Klepcyk and Sarah Kleiner, owners of Envisage Architecture LLC
Located in Aurora Indiana, New Seasons Estate Sales offers a variety of services including estate tag sales, cleanout and cleaning services. As owner Sherry Love considered starting her business she wanted to “get it started off on the right track”. She states “I began searching for opportunities and ideas on the internet that help partner and encourage new startups. That is how I found SCORE.” Fortunately, our SCORE chapter has a presence in Eastern Indiana and mentor Dean Swomley was available to help. Sherry started the business in 2017, has developed a strong positive brand image and business is growing. Mentor Dean Swomley shared: “Sherry does excellent competitive and market research, …but I think her strongest qualities are her authenticity and her courage and initiative to try new things based on her own intuition.”
Sherry Love, owner of New Seasons Estate Sales
SCORE mentor Carlin Stamm said of Spruce Nail Shop Owner Molly Reckman Nagle, “Being an entrepreneur is in Molly’s nature. She is hard working and self-motivated to constantly develop her skills as a businessperson and owner..… She would find a way to succeed in almost any scenario.” Spruce opened in March 2016. It is the first and only environmentally friendly nail salon in the region and has already grown to near capacity. Providing employment to 25 individuals, it has become a well-run business and a fixture on Vine Street in OTR.
Molly Reckman Nagle, owner of Spruce Nail Shop
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 approximately 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.