Sweets & Meats Owner Wins Award At A Bittersweet Time
Earlier this week Bailey was honored as 2018 Client of the Year by SCORE’s Greater Cincinnati chapter. The award came with a $3,000 prize.
SCORE is the volunteer arm of the Small Business Administration. Its 100-plus mentors provide no-cost mentoring and low-cost small business workshops for entrepreneurs.
Bailey's mentor, Mike Mulligan, provided critical support. He helped her develop a business plan, hire staff, and secure financing for their various business ventures.
Mulligan offered a wealth of knowledge, Bailey said. He’s a great mentor, sounding board, and sometimes therapist, she said.
Honored to receive the SCORE award, it was a bittersweet moment for Bailey. Just four weeks earlier her mom, Michelle Bailey, died unexpectedly.
During the awards ceremony, the chair next to Bailey, where her mom would have sat, was empty. A poignant reminder of her loss.
Bailey's mom played a critical role in the Sweets & Meats success story. She and others, including Gaffney's friend Nedra Lang, volunteered many hours helping the business grow. Lang is now assistant manager at Sweets & Meats.