Frank Sawicki has been coming monthly to SCORE mentoring sessions with the New London team since 2015. Working with them, he has finetuned his business operation to grow his client base, while developing his marketing and management skills. The team has worked with him on issues such as, dealing with sub-contractors, seeking loan assistance to invest in new equipment, ad improving his web presence.

Fall has ususally been a slow period for his sign-making business, and winter slower. But now he has trouble keeping up with the orders. One major client, Grand Wine & Spirits, (pictured with Frank in the photo) went from ordering a one-off sign for their Mystic store to becoming a steady client for their other enterprises as well.  Once pounding the pavement, Frank is now working largely on referrals and repeat business.

Operating a small business is a day-to-day challenge with no real operating manuals. Frank has found that the support and advice of experienced professionals to be extremely instructive and supportive in his endeavor.

To schedule an appointment with a SCORE mentor, or to learn more about being a mentor yourself, contact the group at, send an email to, or call 860-388-9508.

Southeast CT SCORE has mentoring locations in New London, Waterford, Norwich, Middletown, Old Saybrook, Essex, Guilford, Madison and Mystic.