Meet the 2016 SCORE Award Winners!

Read about the 2016 SCORE Award winners, their outstanding achievements and how SCORE helped them achieve their dreams.


To select the 2016 SCORE Awards honorees, we asked our clients to nominate their businesses, share their accomplishments and explain how SCORE helped them achieve their dreams. Below are this year's winners.


Outstanding American Manufacturer Small Business Award - Homestead Beer Co.

Homestead Beer Co. is focused on making the best craft beer in Central Ohio and getting that beer on every restaurant, bar and kitchen table across the state.

Homestead Beer Co.Owner: Adam Rhodes, Granville OH
Mentors: Ken Williams and John Martin
Homestead Beer Co. | SCORE Success Story

Award Presented by Sam's Club

Outstanding Community-Impact Small Business Award – Fit to Recover

Fit to Recover provides a unique “4-Pillar Recovery Model” that includes exercise, nutrition, community service and creativity for those in recovery.

Fit to RecoverOwner: Ian Acker, Salt Lake City, Utah
Mentor: Doug McNeil
Fit to Recover | SCORE Success Story

Award Presented by MassMutual

Outstanding Diverse Small Business Award – GaBBy Bows

GaBBy Bows invented the Double-Face Double-Snap Barrette that won’t slip out of hair, no matter the type or length.

GaBBy BowsOwner: Rozalynn Goodwin, Columbia, SC
Mentors: John LaFond and Maxey Love
GaBBy Bows | SCORE Success Story

Award Presented by AT&T

Outstanding Encore Entrepreneur Award – Eric & Christopher

Eric & Christopher design, screen print and sew animal pillows, tote bags and wall art based on photographs taken at local farms, farm sanctuaries and friends’ homes.

Eric & ChristopherOwners: Eric Fausnacht and Christopher Kline, Perkasie, PA
Mentors: Tim Fielder, John Small and Ken Haldeman
Eric & Christopher | SCORE Success Story

Award Presented by FranNet

Outstanding Franchise Small Business Award - Home Helpers Home Care, South Tulsa

Home Helpers is the nation’s leading franchise specializing in comprehensive home care for seniors, new mothers and individuals needing recuperative and continuing assistance.

Home Helpers Home Care, South TulsaOwner: Michele Scott, Tulsa, OK
Mentors: Joseph Gagliardi and Chris Borne
Home Helpers Home Care, South Tulsa | SCORE Success Story

Award Presented by The UPS Store

Outstanding Green Small Business Award - Zeponic Farms, LLC

Zeponic Farms is a hydroponic urban agriculture company providing fresh, high-quality produce that is farmed by the special needs and autism community for the local market. 

Zeponic FarmsOwner: Zach Zepf, Springfield, VA
Mentor: Len Johnson
Zeponic Farms, LLC | SCORE Success Story

Award Presented by Kimco

Outstanding Innovative Small Business Award - Specs4Us

Specs4Us stands for Superior Precision Eyewear for Children who are Special, and their mission is to improve the sight and quality of life for individuals with Down syndrome by providing custom frames that fit their unique needs.

Specs4UsOwner: Maria Dellapina, Burton, OH
Mentors: Jon Slaybaugh and Richard Coyne
Specs4Us | SCORE Success Story

Award Presented by Verisign

Outstanding Job-Creator Award -  Barkly

Barkly connects pet owners to top-quality dog walkers on-demand, through a custom smartphone app.

BarklyOwners: Christopher Gonzalez, Dave Comisky and Jim Camut, Washington, D.C.
Mentor: Hal Shelton
Barkly | SCORE Success Story

Award Presented by Intuit

Outstanding Woman-Owned Small Business Award - Copiosity

Copiosity is a luxury greetings and paper product design company which creates gift wrapping paper, greeting cards, stationery and decorative party supplies.

CopiosityOwners: Cynthia Clarke and Dianne Harrison, Silver Spring, MD
Mentor: Bruce Gitlin
Copiosity | SCORE Success Story

Award Presented by Constant Contact

Outstanding Young Entrepreneur Award - Carmel Honey Company

Carmel Honey Company started as a 5th grade homework assignment and now sells pure, raw, premium honey and honeycomb online and wholesale.

Carmel Honey CompanyOwner: Jake Reisdorf, Carmel, CA
Mentor: Lawrence Horan
Carmel Honey Company | SCORE Success Story

Award Presented by Deluxe Corporation


Senate Small Business Champion

Senator Christopher Coons

Senator Christopher Coons



House Small Business Champion

Congressman Steve Chabot

Congressman Steve Chabot



SCORE Chapter of the Year

Canton, Ohio SCORE

Canton, Ohio



2016 American Small Business Championship Awards

At the event, we also honored the grand champion and finalists of the 2016 American Small Business Championship Awards: Ninja Park Obstacle and Fitness Training Gym, Copiosity and Extendher. 

View Previous Award Winners:

2015 Award Recipients

2014 Award Recipients