In 2017, Scales won Bob Evans Farms’ grant competition for veterans, Heroes to CEOs. Scales was awarded $25,000 and a mentoring session with Shark Tank’s Daymond John. She strategically used that money to scale up her business, going from producing 700 bottles of sauce per day to 8,000, and getting her product into more than 60 Kroger grocery stores.
“Every bottle of Mutt’s Sauce is made with love and determination and we want to see Mutt’s Sauce across America,” Scales says.
Quickly after embarking on her small business journey, Scales found SCORE, and started meeting weekly with SCORE mentor John Soutar. Soutar gave her checklists for each phase of the process and became Scales’ “personal cheerleader.”
Scales says, “Even though I don’t come from a family of entrepreneurs … John made me see it was still possible, and I launched four months after we started working together.”