SCORE Execs Offer Free Counseling

Jul 17, 2009 05:24:31 PM

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Kalamazoo, MI –

Learn from experienced business leaders who have been there, done that. Members of SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) will offer two counseling sessions for small business owners and entrepreneurs from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. July 23 at the downtown Central Library. Registration is required. To sign up, call SCORE at 381-5382 or email info@scorekazoo.org.

During the sessions, counselors will discuss how a potential or existing business can thrive and grow in today’s challenging economic climate. Small business counseling from SCORE can help businesses:

  • Increase value by growing sales, earnings and cash flow
  • Identify and solve problems
  • Develop business plans
  • Develop marketing and promotion
  • Integrate online and off-line business strategies
  • Provide access to small business resources

The Kalamazoo Chapter of SCORE also offers a series of low-cost, high-value workshops several times throughout the year. Specifically tailored for the entrepreneur and small business owner, these working sessions provide the tools necessary to start or improve a small business.

Members of SCORE are known as “Counselors to America’s Small Business.” Through the organization, working and retired business executives and business owners make their experience, knowledge and talent available to small businesses in need of assistance with business plan development, accounting and taxes, marketing and loan applications.

Headquartered in Herndon, VA, and Washington, DC, SCORE was founded in 1964. Today, there are 370 chapters nationwide, and some 11,200 volunteers offer their time and talent to small businesses.

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The concept of using retired people in general, as well as retired executives in particular, is brilliant. In a world which scorns age, there is so much talent and wisdom available which has simply been side-lined as no longer of any use to business or individuals. It's crazy. SCORE and organizations like it are the very lifeblood of any civilization.

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