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Thompson Tee Inc.

Submitted by: Billy Thompson
Business Website: http://www.thompsontee.com
State: California
City: anaheim
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Business Description

The Thompson Tee with Hydro-Shield Sweatproof Technology is a patented undershirt for men and women that blocks underarm sweat and yellow stains! Proudly handcrafted in USA!

What makes your business one of the best small businesses in your community?

With SCORE's help, we achieved 100% annual growth since we started in 2012, turning $20k into $8m in sales for 2017 without any outside financing! We turned down investment offers because they stipulated we move production overseas. We're committed to creating domestic jobs, the fair treatment of garment workers, & environmental standards often missing from international garment regions. Proudly our product is handcrafted in the USA! We highly value our employees, giving them the benefits, support and freedom to excel at their jobs while providing a safe & enjoyable work place. We buy lunch for the entire company every Monday! Lastly, our product is giving life changing confidence to over 200k loyal customers in over 135 countries! Just in today "I can’t thank you enough, you literally changed my life! I've suffered from anxious sweating since I was a teenager, always wore black until now. You have brought the color back into my life!"

The following responses will be considered in judging for a SCORE Award.

How has working with a SCORE mentor helped your business?

It provided us with much needed insight and focus from the time when we had no money till now. We just started the process to get involved with the SCORE CEO Forum. We're also looking into the advisory board service from SCORE. Every entrepreneur should know about SCORE! I think the default judgement is because SCORE is predominantly free, entrepreneurs equate that to the quality of info, when in fact, it's exactly the opposite, our SCORE chapter is full of folks that have been super successful, who are now giving back, not because of the money but because they love to help businesses!

Please describe the specific ways that your business has been successful and how it will grow in the next year.

We took a product that never existed before, does not have a historical distribution path, is dominated by cheap overseas labor and were able to build our business direct to consumer one customer at a time, while manufacturing in the USA! 100% yoy growth since we started in 2012 with $8m in 2017 and now outside financing! We will continue our growth using what we already know is working, trying some new things, and expanding internationally. Most important to our success, to continue providing a great product backed by great service resulting in the life changing positive impact for our amazing customers!
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