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SCORE Lancaster Needs New Members

December 15, 2008

Are you interested in helping small businesses start and grow in Lancaster County?

Well, SCORE Lancaster, counselors to small businesses, needs your help.

With business formations increasing, even in the face of the credit crunch, SCORE counseled more than 900 people in 2008 … including many women and minorities.

We have about 25 counselors available for consultation at any point in time but we would like to have more join us. SCORE needs new members to not only consult, but also to teach, to fund raise and to do outreach and advocacy. New members bring energy, experience and diversity to the team!

New SCORE volunteers participate in an orientation; training and mentoring process; then join experienced counselors for several co-counseling sessions before soloing. And when a counselor needs expertise other than his or her own, another counselor with that expertise (for example ‘legal’ or ‘finance’) steps in to assist the client.

Counseling and mentoring are free from SCORE, and include one-on-one counseling, business roundtables and tailored Advisory Boards.

SCORE also offers a series of workshops to help clients prepare to start or grow small businesses. Topics include business planning, marketing planning, financial planning, and funding a small business. SCORE counselors lead the workshops. Fees range from $20-25 per session.

About 30% of SCORE counselors are active in business – the rest are retired. Many counselors have launched and are managing small businesses; others have experience in large businesses.

Serving as a SCORE counselor is about giving back to the business community – sharing experiences and expertise to help others succeed – and by doing so, helping the community prosper.

Small business formation and growth drive job creation. You could be a part of it.

Learn more about SCORE Lancaster at
www.scorelancaster.org or call us at 717-397- 3092. Visit us at Liberty Place, Suite 231, weekdays between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

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  1. Anonymous permalink
    January 1, 2009 2:19 pm

    I joined SCORE October 2000 the year I retired. I had finished all the “postponed” home projects
    that I had delayed while working, and realized I still wanted to keep my business skills and
    knowledge current. I had heard about SCORE and called for more information. I liked the fact there were opportunities to “head-up” some special projects the SCORE Lancaster chapter needed to have done as well as do some business counseling. Well, the doors opened and what I
    found at the time were 20 SCORE members with interesting backgrounds and very welcoming. Today we have 50 diverse members who are all very welcoming. What I quickly learned by getting involved with SCORE is that it is the best retirement transition a former business professional could want. You don’t have to fear “what will I do with my time after I retire”. At SCORE there are a number of interesting initiatives all related to assisting the small business community of Lancaster County. In addition, you quickly find out how rewarding and interesting it is to counsel individuals wishing to start a business or improve an existing small business. Anyone wishing to talk to me about SCORE can reach me
    at SCORE 717-397-3092. My name is Ellis Payne.

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