CINCINNATI—April 23, 2021 – Nick Pesola, owner of Revolution Rotisserie in Pleasant Ridge, has been named the SCORE 2020 Client of the Year in recognition of outstanding business performance throughout the pandemic. 

From launching a new concept called Milkman Ice Cream and Doughnuts at his second location in Pleasant Ridge, to closing the Over-The-Rhine location where he started Revolution six years earlier, Pesola has shown restauranteurs how to do the pandemic pivot. His SCORE mentors have helped him each step of the way. 

“Nick constantly adapts his business to the changing environment by drawing upon his restaurant experience and reaching out to those in the industry and others in the small business community for ideas,” said SCORE volunteer Dan Nagel, who has mentored Pesola for seven years. “He is involved in every aspect of the business and provides mentoring to his managers. Nick’s community involvement is impressive and is a big part of establishing his brand.”

During a live broadcast on Facebook, Pesola was named the recipient of a $3,000 award from Kemba Credit Union. 

“We would like to congratulate Nick for being named SCORE Greater Cincinnati Client of the Year as well as each of the finalists for their hard work and perseverance,” said Dan Sutton, President and CEO of Kemba Credit Union. “The past year has been challenging for many local businesses, but with the support of SCORE volunteers, these clients received valuable resources to help their business during the pandemic. We are extremely proud of the value this program provides to local communities in the Greater Cincinnati area.” 

Elizabeth Field, owner of the Cheesecakery in Madisonville and Amy Connor, owner of CMO-OnLoan,  were named Client of the Year finalists and each received $2,000 from SCORE, thanks to the generosity of Kemba Credit Union and The Knox Foundation.

Eight other small business owners were also recognized during the event for their extraordinary perseverance and accomplishments during the pandemic:  

·       Linda Cole, Anthony Cole Training (Montgomery)

·       Anu Vissa, Bayzi Corporation (Woodlawn)

·       Rebecca Ward, Body Bakery & Co. (Florence)

·       Stephanie Zink, Little Rock Farm (Melbourne, Ky.)

·       Lashaunda Vaughn, Pretty Moments Boutique (Reading)

·       Sanjay Shewakramani, Revive Strength and Wellness (Oakley)

·       Adrienne Onley, A Touch of Heaven Floral Shoppe (Mt. Healthy)

·       Jonathan Casey and Jessica Whitaker, Wuf Pet Spa (Over-The-Rhine

To be considered for SCORE Client of the Year, business owners must have been in business at least one year, 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.


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