May Helen Boeddeker , 24, of College Hill, knew from the age of eight that she wanted to design clothing.  When she worked as a University of Cincinnati Design Architecture, Art and Planning (DAAP) intern for national companies that market clothing to teens and children, she realized that the children’s lines were too “grown up and mature.” Her line is designed for girls to age 12 and allows children to be children. She’ll expand to offer women and boys clothing in 2014.                                                                                                                                        

A 2012 UC graduate, she was invited this fall to the Emerging Artists Showcase  at the New York Fashion Show and sold her entire collection off  models at the show.  All her clothing is hand-sewn, and she employs three women to work with her at her home-based business. 

How SCORE helped. 

“I began working with SCORE about eight months ago,” she said. “Dennis Murphy, George Adams and Lowell Bowie helped the most, but a total of eight SCORE counselors helped me put a strict business plan in action and helped with finance and networking. Dennis is a great person to run ideas by and get new inspiration from. When you bounce ideas off a number of people, you get a lot of ideas as well.”

For more information about Mary Helen Clothing, go to  or call (513) 608-7966.