I was disappointed to learn about the Women’s Business Center closing in the July 8 Idaho Statesman. Treasure Valley SCORE has had a collaborative relationship with the WBC since its inception five years ago, providing similar business counseling and training.
We welcome the opportunity to assist the clients of the WBC in accomplishing their goals of forming sustainable businesses.
Since its inception in 1974, SCORE has provided no-cost, confidential mentoring and business education with the support of 30 active volunteers in the Treasure Valley and 10 members in the Idaho Falls chapter. At least half of our clients are women and veterans who have prospered under the tutelage of our SCORE mentors. During my 11-year tenure, we have helped our clients successfully launch over 500 small businesses and helped as many more survive, sustain and grow.
Our volunteers provide a broad range of business experience including legal, financial, engineering, manufacturing, logistics, human resources, retail operations, food service, franchise ownership, small-business operations, and marketing. Many continue to operate their own businesses.
In addition to face-to-face client sessions, Treasure Valley SCORE provides timely and competent business advice with our informative monthly Business Fundamentals Workshops, along with a coaching and workshop event each fall at Boise State University. Topical workshops addressing social media and restaurant operations are offered periodically.
We support entrepreneurial programs at area colleges and universities with student mentoring and business-plan evaluation. Partnering with the Intensive English Program at BSU and the Small Business Development Center, Treasure Valley SCORE mentors Taiwanese graduate students who come to Idaho each spring to intern with local businesses. A benefit for many local companies has been trade relationships with Asian companies facilitated by the students.
As the state director for SCORE, I am inviting all clients of the Women’s Business Center to contact the SCORE office if they wish to continue receiving timely and informative no-cost business advice and training. Call our administrative assistant, Patty Perry, at 334-1696.
SCORE stands for Service Corps of Retired Executives. Raymond J. Davis is SCORE district director for Idaho. firstname.lastname@example.org. This column appears in the July 20-Aug. 17, 2016, edition of the Idaho Statesman’s Business Insider magazine. Click here for the daily Statesman e-edition, including Business Insider (subscription required).