With a $7,500 line of credit and some help from business associates and friends, Dave Chism began his start-up manufacturing company in Manatee County 2 1/2 years ago.
Chism contacted SCORE after someone he worked with recommended the nonprofit agency of retired business executives as a great way to get free advice for fledgling businesses.
"They do a wonderful job, they keep you focused," Chism said. "They helped me with my financials and gave me ideas on how to grow the business." His biggest problem now is slowing his growth a little so he can concentrate on getting more advanced certifications that will expand his business opportunities.