SCORE is the volunteer mentoring arm of the BA, and most areas of the country have a chapter. This organization provides continuing education, support and assistance for Business owners – but most importantly is mentoring both new and existing businesses. Statistics are clear that businesses that have a mentor have a much higher success rate.
I am proud to be a mentor for the Charleston Chapter, and its education director. In our area alone, we provided direct assistance to more than 4000 people last year, and helped 327 new businesses get started, creating more than 400 non-owner jobs! 60% of clients nationally last year were women, 39% minorities, and 11% veterans.
If you are trying to start a business or know someone who is, simply go to the website at www.score.org and look around. You will find a lot of support materials and videos, training, and you can sign up to get a mentor- at no charge.