Taking advantage of her resources helped Jocelyn Lee Shoopman land the capital she needed to start her business. This can be difficult for some entrepeneurs when they look to traditional financing for help with their start up.
“I wish I’d called (SCORE) years ago,” Shoopman said.
SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship. With 364 chapters that hold events and workshops locally across the U.S. and its territories, and match up entrepreneurs with local, volunteer mentors. The SCORE association was founded in 1964 and to date has served more than 8.5 million clients.
Jocelyn Lee Shoopman has her sights on providing fresh-to-order cakes, pies, cookies and a long list of other specialty bakery items from her soon-to-open shop in Rancho Mirage to hotels, restaurants, country clubs and the public. The name of her sweet factory is iPastries. She came up with the idea after numerous restaurants, hotels and other valley establishments laid off pastry chefs and began buying wholesale frozen pastries from Orange County and Los Angeles.