Have you ever wondered where to go when you have questions about that next step or even the first step in business ownership? Maybe you’ve been looking for a place to volunteer your time and your passion is working with entrepreneurs. SCORE might just be the answer for both.Many entrepreneurs turn to SCORE for advice. SCORE is a volunteer organization funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration that provides free small business advice. I spent six years with the organization as a counselor although today they would refer to us as mentors. If you are familiar with SCORE, you might remember that SCORE was an acronym for Service Corps of Retired Executives. Their tag line in recent years was Counselors to America’s Small Business.
On this episode of Business: Engaged!, I take a walk down memory lane with fellow former SCORE mentor and good friend, Pete Rathmell. He was with SCORE for ten years and served as a chapter chair for Northwest Arkansas’ top-ranked local chapter. We share the struggles and thrills of mentoring small business owners who were standing on the threshold of the most challenging experience of their lives.SCORE is a great resource for start-ups but it is also a great source of advice for all phases of your business.
If you’d like to learn more about SCORE and get a mentor for yourself, visit their website at SCORE.org. You can locate a SCORE chapter near you to get a mentor you can meet with face-to-face or sign up for e-mail mentoring. And the new generation of SCORE fully utilizes social media so connect with them via Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. You can find their social media links at their website.