How SCORE Helped: 

Early on, Makya was referred to SCORE by her accountant to help her think through her concept of starting a retail business. Her SCORE mentors, Arlan Nissen and Gary See, stressed the importance of developing a business plan and got her thinking about the many details of operating and growing a business, including startup costs, marketing, pricing, expenses and much more. She said, "They were very helpful, knowledgeable and brutally honest. One thing I really liked is there's no fluffing or sensitivity. They talked business."

My Successes: 

SPK has been in business since 2010. Over the years, it has brought Business Plantogether a large variety of fun, interactive toys and games that provide active, educational alternatives to kids, many of whom often spend too much time watching TV or being by themselves to play games, on a computer, pad or smart phone. Also, Makya (ma-ki-ya) and her two person staff provide community involvement projects and activities to bring families together and help young kids understand the importance of socialization.

What's Great About My Mentor?: 

They talked business without fluff or excess sensitivity.

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