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SCORE: 50 Years of Helping Start Ups
She's a retired Vice President of Norrell Corp., a human resource outsourcing comapny based in Atlanta, responsible for working with franchise offices in the U.S. and Canada.
We invited her to share her insights about being a SCORE Volunteer as the organization celebrates 50 years in business.
Here is her take:
Im often asked why are Cincinnati SCORE's 100 small-business counselors so willing to give a way the knowledge we aquired over our entire careers? The answer is simple. We are a wealth of individuals with a vast amount of knoweldge-and we want to give.
We enjoy sharing our creativity, contacts, acumen, and organizational moxie with entrepreneurs who have the drive and energy to envision a business, learn how to run it effectively, and grow it into a sustainable enterprise.
A misconception about SCORE is that we are a short-term relationship. But a startup can add SCORE mentors as the business grows, and they can become an invaluable, informal board of directors.
SCORE Counselors with different skill sets jump in during mentor sessions as clients move from infant to mature firm, from business plan formation, to marketing, to expanding and even franchising. We have a mentor for practically every level of business operation available. Being involved with SCORE is having access to countless valuable business relationships.
Our counselors have managed Multimillion-
Many of our SCORE counsleors have been with us for eight to ten years and have counseled 300-500 clients. And while we enjoy the liesure that retirement brings, we love even more the opertunity to continue learning through our relationships. Their is a great deal of joywe experience when we see a client expnad thier business to 10-12 employees.
And volunteering with SCORE is a way to keep on engageing with life!
SCORE counselors love the camaraderie of hanging out with fellow idea generators. Who would think grilled cheese sandwiches could become a sustainable busienss? or that a solor cookercould generate $117,000 in just under three weeks from a Kickstarter campain?
Interacting with small business owners adds richness to the fabric of our lives. If youre an entrepreneur, You'll leave money on the table if you don't check us out.
SCORE, the Nation's volunteer arm of the Small Business Administration is marking 50 years in mentoring new entrepreneurs and existing small business owners with starting, managing and and growing their companies.
Services are free, provided by working and retired local senior level executives across a wide variety of businesses. Business can get one-on-one confidential counseling or assistance in groups tailored to specific needs.
Counseling is available at client's place of business or at one of SCORE's Greater Cincinnati locations.
Last year, Greater Cincinnati SCORE, counselors helped1,500 clients and created 305 new local jobs. The local Chapter is one of 338 across the U.S.
To become a SCORE Counselor or SCORE Client call 513-684-2812 or go to http//www.scoreworks.org