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Old 01-12-2008, 12:15 AM
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Default How can SCORE help newcomers?

I've been hearing about SCORE for years but never found the need to call them up. When do you think it's appropriate to call this organization for help?
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Old 01-12-2008, 08:56 AM
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Almost at any time - from starting up to needing advice on expanding your business. It seems they have members from all areas of expertise that would be able to help you at any point
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Old 01-13-2008, 01:04 AM
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I'll second that. Marketing, finance, human resources, business plans ... they have retired executives with experience in all areas of business.
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Old 01-13-2008, 09:10 AM
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I have used SCORE a few times. It's completely free (unless you attend a seminar) but if you go for counseling it's free. They are extremely helpful, they provide answers for everything. Helping you create your business plan (or write it for you), marketing, advertisement, what to look for, how to go about it, which kind of client or customers to seek. etc.
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Old 01-13-2008, 04:41 PM
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Are there any SCORE volunteer members of this discussion forum?

I have thought about volunteering with them and wondered what I would be letting myself in for, commitment-wise.
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Old 01-18-2008, 03:13 PM
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I used SCORE when I started a retail business. I met with a retired exec a number of times and benefited greatly from his advice. I'd definitely recommend SCORE.
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No catch involved?

Are these any different than SDBC people?
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Old 01-22-2008, 08:10 PM
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I just had a meeting with a SCORE rep last week, and it was very enlightening and informative. Highly reccomended from me
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Old 01-23-2008, 09:31 AM
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Nope, all you have to do is schedule an appointment.

SDBC..... Do you mean the Small Disadvantaged Businesses Concerns? SCORE is allows business owners to meet with retired executives who have amassed years of experience in their given field. The hope is that as a small business owner you'll benefit from that experience and knowledge. The SBAs SDBC program is something totally different.
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Old 01-24-2008, 10:24 AM
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I went to the local SCORE when I started my business a few years ago and it was worthless. They just gave me a printed document on starting a business in Pennsylvania which I had already found in PDF format on the web months earlier. So, I guess it's hit or miss depending on how qualified the person you talk to is.
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