Small Business by C. Norman Beckert: SCORE volunteers make dreams come true for entrepreneurs

C. Norman Beckert, Idaho district director for SCORE, the Service Corps of Retired ExecutivesApril 23, 2013 

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C. Norman Beckert

Might you have an interest in sharing your business experience and expertise with members of your community that would like to explore starting a business, or helping small business owners survive and thrive?

Why not spend some of your time helping promising entrepreneurs start or run their own small businesses? You could share your business expertise, give back to your community, gain satisfaction from seeing others succeed and connect with like-minded people by volunteering with SCORE. Each year, the association's counselors touch thousands of lives, generously sharing their knowledge and experience so that entrepreneurs can realize their dreams of business success.

Nationwide, 13,000 men and women in 360 chapters donate their time and talent to assist America's small businesses. At Treasure Valley SCORE, 40 volunteers provide confidential one-to-one and team business counseling and low-cost training workshops and seminars.

In addition, many counselors are virtual volunteers, providing email counseling directly from their homes or offices.

Members are volunteers and are not paid for the services they provide to their small business clients.

Whether you have owned your own small business, come from a large company, are retired or still employed, or just have a sincere commitment for helping small businesses or volunteering, there is a place for you at SCORE.

Whatever their background, SCORE counselors share a belief that small business owners are more likely to succeed if they have a business mentor to guide them.

We are seeking new members of diverse backgrounds and experiences to complement our team of more than 40 volunteers in the Treasure Valley.

Our members choose from a variety of ways to contribute to our mission. Most of our counselors are focused primarily on helping aspiring entrepreneurs develop their business plans and launch their first business. Many work with clients to find the financing needed to start or expand a small business. Others are involved in organizing and conducting client educational sessions and carrying out chapter outreach programs.

New members go through an orientation program to get familiar with SCORE and comfortable with the counseling process.

In Boise, we share offices and work closely with the Small Business Administration. We provide counseling at several locations throughout the Treasure Valley. Check out our website,

If you have any questions or would like to volunteer, please email us at or call our office at 334-1696. We'd be pleased to discuss the opportunities and arrange an appointment with our membership chairman.

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