In today’s modern world of social media, Google search, and YouTube videos, there are plenty of digital ways for small business owners to find answers to questions. It’s convenient (24/7), but it’s voluminous, overwhelming and at times contradictory.
Since 1964, SCORE, a non-profit organization funded in part by a grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration and private donations, but more importantly supported by thousands of active and retired volunteer business owners and executives, has been helping small business owners to manage and grow their businesses.
SCORE, which originally stood for “Service Corps of Retired Executives,” but no longer uses that phrase, has over 300 chapters nationwide and provides most of its services for free, including confidential one-on-one mentoring.
Most volunteers have decades of business experience from retail to wholesale, distribution to export, direct sales to consumer marketing, accounting to banking, you name it.
Besides mentoring, SCORE offers live workshops and an online library of up-to-date articles on current business topics to help small businesses succeed.
Coronavirus Mentoring and Resources
During the coronavirus crisis, SCORE is still offering one-on-one mentoring services through remote mentoring sessions.
While mentors typically meet with business owners directly, the remote sessions preserve the health and safety of all participants through social distancing.
With so much uncertainty during the economic fallout from the health emergency, being able to talk with a seasoned business expert can provide valuable insight and tips from an experienced manager or executive, especially to younger business owners and entrepreneurs.
SCORE has also opened a coronavirus crisis web portal to provide up-to-date information and resources for small business owners.
As part of its effort to help small business owners navigate through these challenging times, the organization has several coronavirus related webinars scheduled this month.
Since its inception, SCORE has helped over 11 million small business owners, and it currently boasts over 10,000 volunteers in over 1,500 communities. If there is ever a time to seek outside help that is objective and not influenced by commercial interests, it is now.
To learn more about SCORE, check out their website at score.org.
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