The newness of Spring, brings new growth and there is no time like the present to cultivate your blossoming business ideas that are just waiting to be launched. Or are you an established business that needs advice on how to grow to greater heights? Although entrepreneurs are often at different stages of growth some keys to success are consistent, the need for resources and mentors.
One key resource that small businesses should tap into is SCORE, a non-profit association dedicated to small business growth and the achievement of their goals. SCORE is a resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration with significant federal funding, so they are able to provide free or low cost services to small businesses. As a result, it has the nation's largest network of small business mentors, offering free expert advice and workshops to entrepreneurs, both in-person and online. SCORE has 11,000+ volunteers mentoring businesses in over 320 chapters across the country. In Fiscal year 2015, it mentored 122,000 unique clients and provided 350,000 services.
SCORE offers four pillars of support:
- Mentors – Find a mentor from your local SCORE chapter or be matched with an experienced resource that is available to answer your questions as you grow your business.
- Tools – Business templates and tips are provided to you via their website.
- Workshops – Free online webinars are available on pertinent business topics.
- Counseling – SCORE offers confidential counseling for business issues that may arise.
Often entrepreneurship can be a solitary existence, but with SCORE you can find the needed resources to support your endeavors and offer needed support and advice.
In the coming weeks we will provide additional information on SCORE and their resources.To learn more about SCORE and their services visit www.score.org.