Tom Raymond, a business consultant with the Oakland County One Stop Shop Business Center, recently received the 2016 Top Mentor Award from SCORE National/Detroit Chapter. The award recognized Raymond for his work on WalkIn/StartUp Thursdays, a collaboration between SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) and the One Stop Shop Business Center that offers free business counseling services to budding entrepreneurs without the need for making an appointment. Raymond received the award during SCORE’s annual luncheon held at Red Run Country club in Royal Oak.
Raymond’s primary focus with the business center is startup and small businesses. A former business owner and one-time special agent in the Office of Special Investigations with the U.S. Air Force, a member of the vice president’s security detail in the Middle East who was once employed by Playboy enterprises to provide security for the Hugh Heffner family, Raymond has been honored several times by SCORE and was named Small Business Association Counselor of the Year for the state of Michigan in 2013.
Since 2011, Raymond has assisted more than 400 startup and existing business owners.