Intrigued by the federal government’s increasing demand for IT hardware and software support services, Lynette formed SCI in the basement of her mother’s Brooklyn home and moved to the nation’s capital in order to be closer to what she hoped would be a thriving client base. Energy, passion and a commitment to putting people first have helped Lynnette Spano build SCI Consulting Services, Inc. into a successful information technology security firm.
Now with more than 200 full-time IT professionals located in 19 cities across the U.S., SCI is one of the largest woman-owned businesses in the federal marketplace.
“I went to the SBA office in D.C. to learn about being certified as a Small Disadvantaged Business, and noticed this room full of older gentlemen having a lively discussion,” Spano recalls. “I poked my head in and asked what was going on. They said it was the SCORE office and told me all about their free mentoring services.”
That was the first of what became many visits to SCORE for Spano, who admits she was flying blind at that point in her career as an entrepreneur. SCORE mentors helped her acclimate to the federal business environment, provided tips on doing research and setting a vision and plan for her business.
“SCORE is a wonderful organization with wonderful people who can provide lessons learned for avoiding the pitfalls that companies can face,” says Spano. “They’ve been there, they’ve done it, and they can help anyone succeed.”
As SCI Consulting's team and revenues have grown, Spano has found herself recognized by Washington SmartCEO Magazine, MEA Magazine, and other publications featuring business owners to watch. She's also been nominated for the SBA's Women in Business Champion Award (2008).
“My SCORE mentors told me that it’s one thing to have dreams, but another to execute them,” Lynnette says. “They provided guidance for creating the infrastructure that would make things happen.”