Support Past the Startup
Pictured left to right: Betsy Newman, executive director of SCORE; Kobie Christian, SCORE client and president of Cavalier Branding; Pat McKay, chapter chair of Greater Cincinnati SCORE; and Amy Connor, SCORE client and president of AAA Strategic Growth Advisors.
Photo by Jon Keeling
As a nonprofit association, SCORE has a network of more than 12,000 volunteers who use their professional expertise to serve as mentors to small businesses nationwide.
“We have over 50 years of proven results,” says Betsy Newman, executive director of Cincinnati’s local SCORE chapter. “There are a lot of groups that will help get a new business off the ground, but SCORE goes much, much further than that.
“We are there for a small business owner from the time they first conceive their business idea to the day they retire and sell their business and every step in between. I think this lifetime support is our unique position in the small business landscape and it really is what differentiates us from incubators who focus solely on the startup process.”
Currently, SCORE has 108 volunteers in the Greater Cincinnati area who have provided over 8,000 hours of mentoring during 3,300 face-to-face sessions each year.
“All of our mentors are volunteers,” explains Newman. “They do this because they love it and want to give back. They use their experience to teach others not only how to create a business plan, but they go much deeper than that. Some of the topics our mentors cover are branding, sales and marketing, supply chain information, financial projection and social media.
“Another option for business owners who want to expand their skill set and learn more is our variety of workshops. SCORE offers at least 70 free or low-cost workshops each year.”
In addition to the one-on-one mentoring and workshops, SCORE offers free team mentoring and 100 free, downloadable business webinars and briefs.
“We really want to help any future or current business owner,” says Newman. “We are happy to talk to a single mother who wants to open a bakery on the corner or a company who first opened their doors a decade ago.
“Often when people share their business ideas with friends, they hear ‘That’s crazy! That will never work.’ You will never get that response at SCORE. We do reality testing and help strengthen and hone the idea to be sure they are prepared to launch.
“With all of our clients, we stay true to our motto, ‘for the life of your business,’ as we will be there with them every step of the way.”
SCORE is located at 525 Vine Street, Suite 1030, Cincinnati, OH 45202. For more information, call 513.684.2812 or visit scoreworks.org.