Nothing makes a SCORE Lancaster-Lebanon mentor happier than to watch a client prosper and grow. Mentor Fred Engle has had more than his share of that over the five years that he has worked with clients Andrea and Derek Grebinger of Marine Plus. The couple owns Marine Plus, a premier provider of boat repair services for the Lancaster, Harrisburg, and York, PA areas as well as Delaware and Maryland.
Derek Grebinger started his boat repair business out of his home, traveling with a mobile repair unit for 95% of his work for two years. He went on to rent a space for his business but soon needed to move into the larger office, shop, and yard that now houses Marine Pus on Greenfield Road, in front of Costco. As the business grew both Derek and Andrea realized that there were areas that they would need assistance with moving forward. They turned to SCORE for that help and were assigned to Fred Engle.
“SCORE mentors’ vast knowledge of business experiences greatly helps small business owners to prosper, especially those that don’t have any ‘business’ experience or knowledge. We wouldn’t be where we are today without the guidance of our SCORE mentor. Fred Engle has helped us grow, and gain confidence in our decision-making, whether it be employees, location, or financials. With this guidance, we are meeting our goals more successfully.”
The boat repair business is by nature a seasonal one, and so Fred meets with Derek and Andrea more often in January and February than the peak months of summer. But even now when you walk into the shop there are boats waiting for repair, and a mechanic leaning in concentration over an engine. In any season now, you will be also be greeted by the new shop dog, a handsome Anatolian Shepherd named Pasha, who trails Derek like a shadow. During these client-mentor sessions, Derek and Fred will discuss budgets, records, and any pressing matters from that quarter. Fred is there to advise, support, and offer any help that might be needed at that time.
“The Grebingers have accepted advice and worked very hard to improve their operations. We have worked together for quite a few years now and have a solid relationship. They have earned all of their success!”
- Fred Engle, SCORE Lancaster-Lebanon mentor
Both Derek and Andrea look forward to a future that builds on what they have now and continuing to work regularly with Fred and SCORE Lancaster-Lebanon.
“Our vision is that the business will continue to prosper, grow and become self-sufficient. We hope one day we too will have the opportunity to share experience and knowledge to give back to small businesses like ours. Our mentor has taught us so much already. "
- Derek Grebinger, founder, and owner of Marine Plus