CPA Kay Ko wanted to help her children with their math and reading so she started the Kumon Math & Reading Center in Reno.   Though she knew a lot about business, starting up a new business was a bit daunting.  So she turned to SCORE for help.   Working with SCORE Northern Nevada mentors Carl Gerhardt and Judy Haar, she worked through the steps to starting a new business and now two years later her business is thriving.

Kay’s center, located in Mayberry Landing, currently has 60 students.  She has 12 part-time associates who help the kids learn up to high school level pre-calculus and literature in the most efficient way.  Kumon is the world’s largest after school math and reading program.  Centers in 49 countries work with 4.7 million kids.

Kay’s advice to anyone starting a new business is to “get a SCORE mentor.”  “They can provide a ‘reality check’ and guide you through what’s important to do to start up a business.”  Kay participated in several SCORE Northern Nevada workshops, including the four-session Simple Steps for Starting Your Business series. 

For more information about Kumon, contact Kay at kayko@kumon.com or call 775-233-4896 or contact her here

How SCORE Helped: 

CPA Kay Ko wanted to help her children with their math and reading so she started the Kumon Math & Reading Center in Reno.   Though she knew a lot about business, starting up a new business was a bit daunting.  So she turned to SCORE for help.   Working with SCORE Northern Nevada mentors Carl Gerhardt and Judy Haar, she worked through the steps to starting a new business and now two years later her business is thriving.

Kay Ko Works with SCORE to Start Kumon Math and Reading Center