SCORE Mentoring

I am a SCORE mentor! 

People can contact me through SCORE for free mentoring via email for Internet and computer advice. They (You) will become a SCORE client, and I will be a resource for them (you) in that context.

FIRST AND FOREMOST: I will hold in strict confidence all information or discussions between you and me in ALL counseling sessions, including face-to-face, telephone, and email sessions.

I volunteer my time as a SCORE Counselor to share my technical experience and knowledge with small business entrepreneurs who can benefit from such advice.

What I can do as a SCORE Counselor:

  • Listen to your plans, and through a questioning process help you to clarify your goals. 
  • Steer you toward sources to accumulate information and data which will help you to determine the soundness of your plans. 
  • Offer you written material to aid in setting up a plan which will be the basis of your efforts to realize your goals. 
  • Be supportive and offer encouragement. 

What I cannot do as a SCORE Counselor:

  • I cannot tell you what kind of business you should try to establish. 
  • I cannot make decisions for you. 
  • I cannot do the work for you, even if you offer money. 
  • I cannot give you money.

    What you need to do:

    Before you contact me or any other SCORE Counselor, you need to know what kind of business you want to explore. This YouTube video is harsh, but I think it shows a realistic perspective: 15 Things You Should Know When Starting A Business ( about 13 minutes into the video, step number 10 discusses mentors/mentoring).

    Before you contact me, you should have a basic business plan that includes information like this:
    • You should have an idea of the market for your product or services (who, where, how).
    • You should have some idea of pricing and projected revenue.
    • You should have an idea of what the costs will be to open the door.
      • How much of your money you have available to invest and how much you may need to borrow. 
    • You should also know how much money you will need to live on before your business becomes profitable.  
    You can add this information for a 1-2 paragraph "elevator pitch," and it will be helpful to send it to your SCORE mentor, too.

    Elevator Pitch

    One website describes an elevator pitch as "...a short, pre-prepared speech that explains what your organization does, clearly and succinctly."

    Another website (Wikipedia)  says "...a short description of an idea, product, company, or oneself that explains the concept in a way such that any listener can understand it in a short period of time. This description typically explains who the product/company is for, what it does, why it is needed, and how it will get done." (Google it.)

    I (and any other SCORE Counselor) can and will direct you to resources that will assist you in developing a business plan that will put the pieces together before you open the door.  Through your Counselor, you have access to the experience and expertise of all members of the Chapter.

    I (and any other SCORE Counselor) will remain available to you for as long as you need support.

    Click here to request me as a mentor: SCORE.ORG

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