SCORE Celebrates 50 Years of Helping Entrepreneurs Attain Small Business Success

SCORE Celebrates 50 Years of Helping Entrepreneurs Attain Small Business Success

Contact: Melinda Zemper April 15, 2014

Phone: (513) 706-3737| Email: mzemper@fuse.net

By Mary Jane Good

Southern Ohio SCORE District Director

Greater Cincinnati SCORE has 100 volunteer business executives and specialists who donate their time to help small businesses succeed. Last year SC ORE counselors helped 1,500 clients, creating 305 new local jobs. This year SCORE’s 338 chapters across the U.S. celebrate its 50th birthday.

SCORE Celebrates 50 Years of Helping Entrepreneurs Attain Small Business Success

Counselors enjoy sharing knowledge and learning with entrepreneurs

Mary Jane GoodI’m often asked, why are Cincinnati SCORE’s 100 small business counselors so willing give away the knowledge we acquired over our entire careers? The answer is simple. We are a wealth of individuals with a vast amount of knowledge—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 that can essentially accumulate to become a board of directors. SCORE counselors with different skill sets jump in during mentoring 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 multi-million dollar corporations. We have motivated 100-plus member sales teams; we have acted as CEOs and CFOs and expanded and streamlined operations.

Many of our SCORE counselors have been with us from eight to 10 years and have counseled 300 to 500 clients. And while we enjoy the leisure that retirement brings, we love even more the opportunity to continue learning through our relationships. There is a great deal of joy we experience when we see a client expand a business to 10 or 12 people; volunteering with SCORE is a way to keep on engaging in life.

SCORE counselors love the camaraderie of hanging out with fellow idea generators. Who would think grilled cheese sandwiches could become a sustainable

business? Or that a solar cooker could generate $117,000 in under just under three weeks from a Kickstarter campaign?

Interacting with small business owners adds richness to the fabric of our lives. If you are 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, celebrates 50 years of mentoring new entrepreneurs and existing small business owners with starting, managing and growing their businesses. To become a SCORE counselor or a SCORE client, contact us at www.scoreworks.org or call (513) 684-2812.

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May Jane Good of West Chester is southern Ohio SCORE’s district director. A retired vice president at Norrell Corporation, a human resource outsourcing company based in Atlanta, she was responsible for working with franchise off ices in the U.S. and Canada.

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