How SCORE helped. 


Even when Shi Hawthorne was an undergraduate at Florida International University studying Political Science, she dreamed of entrepreneurship.  While there, she wrote her first business plan with oversight and help from her first SCORE Mentor. 

Fast forward a decade, Shi has an MBA and has started 14 online businesses.  Today she is the Managing Partner at Business Flipper, a Los Angeles-based private capital firm that invests in equity and debt securities held by businesses.  Their services provide business financing and management expertise to help mature businesses grow, sell, turn around; or carry out mergers and acquisitions. Learn more at:

Shi has used several mentors from SCORE throughout her career.  She vividly remembers one of her early mentors telling her to test her new product idea on the market before rolling it out. She didn’t and learned a valuable lesson.   She took that advice to heart as it shifted her trajectory.   Recently, she tapped SCORE Los Angeles Nolan Kapp, an accounting Mentor to help her with the positioning of a financial statement for a presentation.

 “SCORE prepared me for success in graduate school and all my businesses ventures with their extensive library of business tools, webinars, blogs, and professional free mentoring.  I got so much help from SCORE; I want to pay it forward to any of their clients that may qualify for help with Business Flipper”.  Shi continued to tell us that “SCORE is a best-kept secret.  I like telling everyone about this great organization.”

Thanks, Shi.  We are thrilled to help entrepreneurs like you and hope to continue to serve you whenever you need support.

Shi Hawthorne