Local Startup Relies on Local Mentoring for Grand Opening Success: In Her Own Words...

My name is Venice Tisdelle, owner and operator of Perazim Studio, a faith-based yoga and fitness studio just opening in Macomb Township, Michigan. And I have had the absolute pleasure of working Gary Bundenthal as my mentor through SCORE of Southeast Michigan. 

After signing up with SCORE, I really didn't know what to expect. A friend of mine had recommended it so I thought, "It couldn't hurt."

Gary reached out and right away we went to work. Everything from a proper business plan, cost sheets, marketing and more.  

Gary and I had regular calls via Zoom to go over and brainstorm how I was going to create a plan for success, as well as how to implement it.

I was given tools to implement my business plan in a manner that I understood, which was very helpful. Gary went over and over all the details of the plan that I had in place to make sure I was planning with attention to detail. 

"Plan, plan, plan, and plan," he would say, and he was right. 

To sum up my experience, my suggestions are that you continue to invest in the mentorship program. It is absolutely pivotal to have someone like my mentor Gary, who not only invests time and energy into your plan, but also into you as a person. Gary encouraged me and let me know when I needed to address an issue with a sense of urgency. Dare I say, he loved to put a timeline on everything. LOL, it kept me focused for sure!

He also had great tools to teach me on how to put together a plan for success. 

My business is now open and my Grand Opening/Open House is days away. 

I am super blessed and excited to see how all the planning and hard work will pay off. 

Thank you SCORE of Southeast Michigan, and most of all, THANK YOU, Gary! I so appreciate everything you have invested in me and my business. 

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Client Success Story: Venice Tisdelle of Perazim Studio