Carina Whitham, Founder and President of the top Renewable Energy Executive Search Firm, Whitham Group, first approached SCORE about five years ago when she was just launching her company.
She discovered SCORE through an internet search for mentors. Carina said she was somewhat skeptical when she saw SCORE’s counseling was free. "I wondered if this will help me and would they have "A" players as consultants if there were no charge," she said. "I was pleasantly surprised as the counselors are informative and experienced."
"When I first met with Richard, he had me construct a business plan and a SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) analysis," she said. "He really made me do my homework."
As her company expanded, she continued to meet with Richard to discuss growth strategies. Today, she's very proud to say that Whitham Group has experienced phenomenal growth, has a staff of eight, and is extremely successful. "Now when I meet Richard, he tells me how he always knew I was going to make it," she said.