SCORE: Who We Are • About SCORE • SCORE was formed in 1964 as a resource partner of the Small Business Administration whose mission is to help aspiring and existing businesses succeed. • Facts (2010) • 13,000 volunteer across 350 chapters • Volunteers donate 1 million hours of service. • 501,000 total services delivered annually • 360,000 people served annually • 20,000 new businesses created annually • 25,000 jobs created annually
Our Services • Mentoring: SCORE provides free face-to-face counseling in each of its 360 chapters and also provide online counseling through www.score.org. • Workshops: SCORE provide training sessions on a variety of topics for entrepreneurs, from biz planning to marketing and financing. SCORE also offers customized seminars for community partners. • Roundtables: SCORE provides facilitated peer sessions for discussing critical business topics.
Our Clients • Building Entrepreneurship • Starting and Existing • Early stage entrepreneurs, who are considering to start a business but who need help defining their ideas, building their plan and obtaining financing • Start-up businesses, who are seeking to grow their business and manage their finances • Established businesses, who are seeking to grow their business and increase their clients…
Volunteer Opportunities • Ways to Get Involved • Volunteer Roles • Business mentors • Workshop instructors • Roundtable facilitators • Community Ambassadors • Chapter roles: marketing, fundraising, recruiting • Skill specific volunteers (e.g. finance or administrative)
Mentor • Guiding with Wisdom & Expertise • Mentors provide free business counseling to both aspiring entrepreneurs and existing business owners to help them succeed in starting a business or expanding their business • Qualifications • At least 10 years of management experience • Ability to communicate effectively • Ability to commit to at least 10 hours a month
Workshop Instructor • Expanding Small Business Knowledge • Workshop instructors teach classes to SCORE clients on a myriad of topics, including business planning, financing, marketing, and technology. • Qualifications • Significant experience in the field of study • Ability to communicate effectively and inspire our clients • Ability to commit to the training program regularly
Roundtable Facilitator • Connecting Knowledge • Facilitators provide our clients with the ability to share best practices with each and foster learning through a community. • Qualifications • Significant experience facilitating groups • Ability to communicate effectively • Ability to commit the roundtable program schedule
Community Ambassador • Expanding Our Reach • Community ambassadors help to facilitate referral connections with other organizations in the community in order to help expand SCORE’s program offering and to help recruit new SCORE volunteers. • Qualifications • Significant contacts within your community • Ability to engage community partners regularly on our behalf
Skill Specific Volunteers • Lending Expertise • SCORE relies on volunteers who provide invaluable skills as volunteers, including help with chapter finances, email marketing, website /technology management, fundraising, and answering phones. • Qualifications • Significant experience within your field of expertise • Willingness to donate your time and help with specific chapter functions
Our Ethics • Protecting Our Clients • Code of Ethics • In order to protect our clients, SCORE has a code of ethics that you will need to agree to and sign annually. Our code of ethics, includes: • SCORE members are unable to make money in any way from SCORE clients. • Volunteer may not use our client or member database for commercial reasons.
Steps in Becoming A Volunteer Step 1 Decide what type of roles you may want to volunteer for, evaluate if your skills are a fit, and if you can agree to SCORE’s Code of Ethics. Step 2 Fill out the volunteer application form located at: www.scorela.org
Steps in Becoming A Volunteer Step 3 You will be contacted by a member of our recruiting team who will conduct an interview to determine if there is a mutual fit. Step 4 Once accepted, you will be asked to attend an orientation program to complete. Additionally, if you are selected to counsel clients, you will be assigned a mentor and will go through a provisional period where you will be assigned a who will team counsel with you to help you get comfortable.
A Better America: SCOREPowers Small Business Growth • Thank You For Your Interest in Volunteering to Help America’s Entrepreneurs