Did you ever wish you had someone to talk with about a business situation that was driving you crazy? Well, you do….

If you are in the process of starting a new business you may have come to the realization that you probably need some (a lot of) help. If you are building a new business and well into the operation, you now know that you have more questions than answers and your need for help continues.

I have good news for you….Help is just a phone call, an email or a face to face meeting away and is ready, willing and available to assist you.  The great news is that it comes at little or no cost and is delivered by an expert in the area in which you need help.

The “Service Corps of Retired Executives” (SCORE) is an organization that is dedicated to entrepreneur education and the formation, growth and success of small business.

The power of this organization is one of the best kept secrets in the community. Very few people are aware of the work these folks do; however the ones who have experienced these services always have great things to say about the help they received.

SCORE has offices in many of the large cities across the country and they are staffed by folks who have come out of numerous business and various disciplines. These people love helping new business owners grow.

My specific experience was working with the SCORE office in Lancaster, PA. This office has more than fifty volunteer consultants and they conduct group and individualized training and assistance.

I have personally witnessed them in action and have talked with numerous small businesses that have used them and many have been amazed at the amount of help these folks have been willing to provide.

I have heard of marketing plan meetings being held in members’ dining rooms. I have seen members actually go out and get engaged in the business operations. I have heard the stories about new entrepreneurs who didn’t even realize what business they were in until they made their first sale.

One company had the same SCORE mentor from the day they opened until they made their first million dollars in sales. Another one was positioned to appear on a nationally televised business show and that little push was all they needed to push them well into profitability. And in all of these examples, the only investment needed was to spend time with the SCORE counselor.

The SCORE national office has an email hotline where you can get nearly immediate answers to quick questions. You simply go to the website http://www.score.org and follow the links to ask a question or find a counselor in your area. If you live near the Lancaster, PA area, you can reach them at http://www.scorelancaster.org 

We have been told all of our lives that “you can’t something for nothing” and “you only get what you pay for”.

But SCORE defies that advice and will prove to you that you can really get a lot for nothing if you simply know where to look. I can’t think of a better resource for you.

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