This is the advice a SCORE volunteer shared with me. Every time you volunteer–you learn, grow, connect and share success.
People often ask why do successful entrepreneurs and big-time corporate execs. volunteer as SCORE mentors for you. Here’s why: “I can help entrepreneurs reduce risk and increase their chances for success.”
“I learn as much from my clients as I share with them. It’s energizing to exchange ideas with the innovators in America.”
“To gather the knowledge of all SCORE experts and find the right tools, information and advice to help small businesses is a bit like putting together a puzzle. It’s fun.”
“Together, entrepreneurs and volunteers are a unique part of this country. Where else would you find volunteers who give free and confidential advice, simply because they want to see you succeed. That’s inspring.”
How has a SCORE mentor helped you? Share your story.
If you subscribe to SCORE ExpertANSWERS, then you saw that Herm Rowland of Jelly Belly Candy Co. is this month’s featured expert. Herm helped grow his grandfather’s candy business from a small, family operation to an industry giant.
Why do you believe in the value of mentoring?
I would recommend a SCORE volunteer for someone who is ready to listen and take advice from a person who has run a small business similar to yours in tough times. A SCORE volunteer helped our business, and he helped me personally. He did costing and developed an internal financial spreadsheet to show us where we were financially. He also helped us plan an expansion and secure a loan, and showed how we could increase sales through innovative ideas. He was the greatest!
Jacalyn Barnes, SCORE
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