Augusta SCORE is the local chapter of a large national organization offering free and confidential business advice. We have more than a dozen business counselors from a wide variety of business backgrounds and with many years of business experience. Our mentors can help you with assessing an idea, developing a business plan, finding funding, growing a business, and more! To request a meeting with a mentor, click here.


Our Mentor List (click names for details!)

  • Ed Bartlett - business operations, business strategy, consulting
  • John Beichman - information technology, nonprofits, business analysis, sales
  • Linda Diou - business strategy, distribution, marketing
  • William Gray - marketing, product line management, sales and field sales
  • Larry Mitchell - nonprofits, retail and wholesale trade, accounting
  • Pete McAllister - manufacturing, human resources, organizational improvement
  • Michael Murphy - government and regulations, business operations, business strategy
  • Jayme Okma Lee - venture capital, finance, start-ups, management consulting, data analysis, business operations
  • Ed Ross - retail and wholesale trade, supply chain management, financial planning
  • Ronald Vandosol - financial planning, business development, marketing
  • Fred Witherby - nonprofits, start-ups, banking, legal services, entity decisions



Ed Bartlett

Automotive, environmental services, manufacturing, consulting, human resources

Professional Background:

  • Business Operations
  • Business Strategy


John Beichman

Information technology, nonprofits, consulting, utilities and energy

Professional Background:

  • Business Strategy and Analysis
  • Program and Project Management
  • Information Systems and Business Alignment
  • Team Building


  • BA, Harvard
  • MA, Music, Eastman School of Music
  • MS, Syracuse University, Information Resource Management


Linda Diou

Start-ups, biotechnology, supply chain management

Professional Background:

  • General Manager of life science company
  • Managed diagnostic company

  • Managed sales and marketing of diagnostic company


  • B.S. Biology/Chemistry, Juniata College
  • Post graduate courses in business and technology

Favorite Quote:

“Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”  --Francis of Assisi

What Linda's Clients are Saying:

"Extremely helpful and excited about helping me succeed."

“Linda was as pleasant as she was knowledgeable. I felt so comfortable in discussing my new venture with such a competent and delightful person. She also contacted me so very quickly and with terrific resources.”


William Gray

International trade, communications

Professional Background:

  • Marketing
  • Product Line Management
  • Sales and Field Sales



  • BA, English, University of Connecticut

Favorite Quote:

"If it is to be, it is up to me." --William H. Johnsen

What William's Clients are Saying:

"I feel he has a lot of knowledge I can learn from."


Larry Mitchell

Nonprofits, retail and wholesale trade, technology

Professional Background:

  • Business finance
  • Accounting
  • Business strategy


  • Ph.D Candidate, organization theory, strategy and international management, University of Texas, Dallas
  • MBA, University of Texas, Dallas
  • MSEE, Naval Postgraduate School
  • BS, physics, University of Notre Dame

What Larry's Clients are Saying:

"The mentor was amazing and gave really good tips on how to start and grow the business." 


Pete McAllister 

Manufacturing, Human Resources, Organizational Improvement
Professional Background
  • Human Resources
  • High Tech Manufacturing
  • Organizational development and learning
  • Coaching


  • BA Sociology, University of Maine, Orono
  • Numerous professional development programs


Michael Murphy

Environmental Services, government and regulations 

Professional Background:

  • Business operations
  • Business strategy
  • Business financing
  • Sales


  • BA, University of Notre Dame
  • JD,  Georgetown University Law Center

Favorite Quote:

“Failing to prepare is preparing to fail.”  Coach John Wooden, UCLA


Jayme Okma Lee

Professional Background
  • Venture Capital
  • Finance
  • Start ups
  • Management consulting
  • Data analysis
  • General business operations
  • AB Bowdoin College & London School of Economics, Economics and Mathematics
  • MBA, University of Maine Orono


Ed Ross

Retail and wholesale trade, supply chain management

Professional Background:

  • Financial Planning
  • Business Strategy
  • Management


  • BS, Wake Forest University
  • MBA, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Ronald Vandosol

Agriculture, government contracting, manufacturing, technology

Professional Background:

  • Proposal Development
  • Financial Planning
  • Business Development
  • Marketing


  • MBA, Babson College
  • BS, Electrical Engineering, Purdue University

What Ronald's Clients are Saying:

"Great listening skills, quick understanding of key issues, and good advice moving plans forward."


Fred Witherby

Nonprofits, start-ups, banking

Professional Background:

  • Legal services
  • Business strategy and planning
  • Entity decisions (sole proprietorships, partnerships, LLCs)


  • BA, Harvard College
  • JD, Columbia Law School
  • LLM Federal Tax, Boston University

What Fred's Clients are Saying:

"He was kind, encouraging, and helpful. He offered comments I needed to hear, made suggestions I hadn't thought of or thought through."