How SCORE helped. 

 Meg Max

Since beginning her career as a speech-language pathologist, Meg Max has worked in a variety of clinical settings but always wanted to own her own practice.

In 2019, the Pipersville resident and Chalfont native took the entrepreneurial plunge. With help from SCORE Bucks County mentors Steve Mazzo and Richard Kroger, Meg opened Wee Speak, a Doylestown-based speech and language therapy practice for children and adolescents in September 2019.

“My passion is in helping people. I want to enable kids to be able to communicate effectively with those around them,” said Meg, who had previously worked with clients through referrals from early intervention and the Bucks County Intermediate Unit. “I feel so lucky to be able to do this on my own and on my own terms.”

Children ages 1 to 10 are the primary focus at Wee Speak, but Meg said she sees clients as old as 16. She provides parents with a milestone checklist to help determine if kids are delayed. As a differentiator, she also offers free screenings to consult with parents and determine if therapy is needed.

Meg has nearly two decades of career expertise under her belt but was new to entrepreneurship when her journey began. Mazzo and Kroger met with her, guiding Meg in setting up a business bank account, establishing marketing ideas, creating a profit and loss statement, launching a website and more.

“Every week I would have assignments from them to do,” she said. “They gave me a road map and checklist of things I needed to get done each week.”

She enjoyed the accountability aspect of mentoring and called Mazzo and Kroger “some of my biggest supporters.”

“They want me to succeed,” Meg said.

Wee Speak was thriving in its first six months. COVID-19 changed the dynamic dramatically, halting in-person sessions to teletherapy only. In July, as her business reopened, Meg, with guidance from her mentors, switched from teletherapy to a hybrid model.

“It’s definitely an adjustment,” she said of teletherapy. “It still works, but for some kids, teletherapy is not an option. Being able to offer both in-person and remote therapy is critical right now so that we can continue to support the needs of our clients and keep them on track with their therapy goals.

Eighteen months after her first session, Meg continues to meet with her SCORE mentors. Operating as a solo practitioner, she plans to seek their guidance on continuing to grow her business and eventually expand her practice.

“She is a wonderful client to work with, accepting challenges and ideas,” Mazzo said. “She is prepped for each meeting. As a mentor, I could not ask for a more cooperative and resilient client. We’ve enjoyed working with her and expect to continue to do so as her practice continues to grow.”