Natalie Mckee is a gymnastics coach whose dream was to open her own facility for children ages 2 to 7. The business was only a concept when she first came to SCORE in 2007. She was encouraged to take her idea and break it down into achievable mile-stones.
Mentors set weekly and monthly goals and provided resources outside of SCORE who could help her with various key projects. The business became profitable after only five months of operation and continues to be successful after four years with 250 students enrolled and nine full time employees.
A unique feature of her program is a level system with a skill chart to track progress and offer incentives for the students to listen and work hard in class. This keeps them motivated and wanting to come back each week.
Recently Natalie decided to buy out her business partner and again turned to SCORE for help. Mentors assisted her in learning the administrative side of the business from payroll to taxes and helped to facilitate the financial details of the buyout.
The next step is to add another 1,500 square feet to increase enrollment by 50% and eventually expand to work with students from 8 to 18.
I can’t thank you enough!”
- Natalie McKee - Austin, TX