SCORE Small Business Awards

2018 Veteran Small Business Grant Awards

Each year, SCORE Charleston, SC holds a Golf Tournament and invites Sponsors and Participants.  Qualifying applicants are reviewed and award recipients selected.  In the photo above, 2018 SCORE Charleston SC proudly awards grants to eight qualifying recipients.  They are:


Sherman Williams Jr. Served over 20 years in the Army, spending time in the hot dry climate of middle eastern countries. Sherman recognized the need for Body Water LLC, which produces and distributes a diabetic friendly all natural beverage that supports health and beauty from within. He has his product in 25 WholeFoods stores and is hoping the Charleston area stores will carry his product in the near future. The grant money will be used to buy product, support marketing efforts and to pay for R&D on additional flavors.
Mechelle Robinson  Served in the Navy Mechelle went back to school at Trident Tech and started Excellence Photography to provide affordable photography services especially school pictures. Mechelle will use the money to purchase more photography equipment.
Steve Graybill Served in the Marine Corp Enlisted the help of two friends to create Muhlibex, an ultralight weight collapsible camp/backpacking chair. They have several patents pending and currently have their product for sale online through Amazon. Steve will use the funds for tooling and marketing expenses.
Allaine Foster Served in the Navy for 8 years and then continued serving as a healthcare administrator. Allaine created Useful Needful Affordable Things to produce the Rollator meal and activity tray.  Tray designed to be used with Rollator Walker, an aid for mobility.  She has a pending patent on her product. Allaine will use the grant money to pay for a new plastic lightweight prototype of the activity tray.
Josh Campbell Served in Marine Corp Reserves. Josh started Charleston Machine LLC which provides manual and CNC machining of precision parts from metal and other specialty materials. He will use the funds for start up costs
William Brown Served in the Coast Guard Started Reiki for Vets, a non invasive holistic relaxation proven to induce relaxation and reduce stress. Reiki for Vets will provide volunteer outreach, Drop-In Reiki clinics, under the Veteran's Admin in Charleston and Savannah. The program will also offer paid services such as full length Reiki sessions, Reiki Level 1 (self treatment) training, and intuitive counseling. William will use the money for marketing efforts.
Dr Ja'net Bishop Served as an officer in the Army, veteran's wife and mother After her husbands sudden death in May 2016, she felt the need to start a new chapter in her life. She started Boots to Breakthrough which helps active veteran and military connected women to transition; from the military service to civilian success. Dr Bishop will offer online educational and coaching wellness sessions.
Corkey Alexander Served in the Army After suffering from Multiple Sclerosis decided to improve his fitness and overall health. He opened and Iron Tribe franchise which provides group training fitness classes that promote a healthy lifestyle, education about nutrition, promotes community and accountability. Corky will use the grant funds to purchase components to adapt the fitness equipment to better serve disabled veterans.