2017 Small Business Champonship

8 January, 2017 (11:58) | Funding, Resources | By: Ray Bietry

SCORE is asking what makes your business unique, and is offering up to $25,000 to find out.

From January 12th through February 13th, you will have the opportunity to tell them and win one of three grand prizes. There will be 102 state finalists who win $1,000 Sam’s Club gift cards. Additional prizes include a trip to Championship Training and Networking Symposium and a year of SCORE Mentoring. Information is available at http://championship.score.org.

Live SCORE Webinar on Starting Your Business

19 November, 2014 (10:16) | Resources | By: Ray Bietry

SCORE just poster a notice for a live webinar on December 9, 2014 titled How to Really Start Your Own Business. Click on the link to bring up the registration page.

“Summary
Everyone has a dream and it’s time to follow yours. In this webinar, experts from SCORE and The Company Corporation will share startup success secrets, including ways to focus your business idea and where to look for small business financing.

Join presenter Steven Bloom, SCORE Business Mentor, as he discusses everything you need to start your own business.”

 

A Mentor is Key

19 November, 2014 (10:05) | Government | By: Ray Bietry

The Small Business Administration just posted “Why A Mentor is Key to Small Business Growth and Survival”.

This short article points out the sobering fact that only half of all small businesses survive more than five years. But, small businesses that receive three or more hours of mentoring achieve higher revenues and increased business growth. Even better, 70 percent of small businesses that receive mentoring survive more than five years – double the survival rate of non-mentored businesses.

You should find it well worth reading.

SCORE

11 November, 2014 (17:55) | Resources | By: Ray Bietry

Originally known as the Service Core Of Retired Executives, SCORE, “Counselors to America’s Small Business” is celebrating 50 years of providing free business mentoring to entrepreneurs. Here you will find resources to support every phase of your journey from coming up with your business idea, through start-up, running and growing, marketing, funding and managing.

Wikipedia has a good write-up on the organization. A key feature they point out is “Once you have entered into a mentoring relationship with a SCORE mentor, that person is not allowed to be paid for any services. This is to protect clients from people who might become a SCORE mentor in order to get business leads.”

SCORE describes there Mission, Vision and Values as:

Small Business Matters
Small business is the engine of our national economy through business formation, job creation and wealth building. Small businesses and their support are critical to vibrant communities in our society.

Giving Back Matters
We give volunteers, stakeholders and sponsors the ability to give back to communities through their support of SCORE. Successful small business owners understand the importance of giving back to their communities.

Volunteers Matter
SCORE is volunteer business people helping small business people solve business problems. Volunteers give freely of their time, energy and knowledge to help others. SCORE volunteers donate over 1 million hours of their time each year to support their communities.

Experience Matters
A client’s experience matters – the truest measure of our mission and our service – we ensure that our clients have a positive experience. A volunteer’s experience matters – their relevant knowledge, wisdom and experience serve our clients through mentorship and education. A volunteer’s experience with SCORE matters – we ensure that volunteers find value and satisfaction while engaged with SCORE.

Relationships Matter
In relationships, we act with integrity, respect, honesty, purpose, and professionalism. We listen with an open mind, encourage and openly communicate with all people seeking help from SCORE. Personal, long-term relationships are a driver of small business success. Community alliances are critical to the success of SCORE.

Diversity Matters
We believe in the importance, value and power of diversity – diversity of people and diversity of thought. The diversity of race, gender, ethnicity, geography, and experience is important and valuable in SCORE. We strive to achieve diversity of our volunteer corps, staff, board and clients.

Lifelong Learning Matters
We believe that small business owners who are lifetime learners adapt to change more readily and are more successful. Volunteers as lifelong learners remain relevant, achieve personal satisfaction and growth.

U.S. Small Business Administration

8 November, 2014 (15:22) | Government, Resources | By: Ray Bietry

Before you go anyplace else, you should check out this site. After all, you’re already paying for it, and it has a great deal of information on Starting and Managing, Loans and Grants, and Contracting, as well as Educational Material. It will also point you to other government supported resources. I’ll be walking you through many of the resources available to you from the SBA in future posts.

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation. We recognize that small business is critical to our economic recovery and strength, to building America’s future, and to helping the United States compete in today’s global marketplace. Although SBA has grown and evolved in the years since it was established in 1953, the bottom line mission remains the same. The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses. Through an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations, SBA delivers its services to people throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the U. S. Virgin Islands and Guam.