SCORE: Building Business & Jobs for America S Service Corps of Retired Executives Service Corps of Retired Executives
Small Businesses• Represent 99.7 percent of all employer firms• Employ half of all private sector employees• Pay 44 percent of total U.S. private payroll• Generated 65 percent of net new jobs over the past 17 years• Create more than half of the nonfarm private GDP• Hire 43 percent of high tech workers• Are 52 percent home-based and 2 percent franchises• Made up 97.5 percent of all identified exporters in FY 2008• Produce 13 times more patents per employee than large patenting firms
SCORE: Who We Are Service Corps of Retired ExecutivesAbout SCORESCORE was formed in 1964 as a resource partner of the SmallBusiness Administration whose mission is to help aspiring andexisting businesses succeed.Facts (2010)•13,000 volunteers 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 provides 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.• Atlanta Chapter has over 60 members at 13 offices in the Metro Area
Local Services• Fayette Face-to-Face mentoring sessions are on Friday mornings• Topics are typically Business Plans, Marketing, Company Structure, Finance, and Brain-Storming• Provide available resources consistent with client goals• Fayette mentored 81 clients in 2012, 26 returned• Public awareness is through Chamber of Commerce and Fayette Business Expo
Our ClientsBuilding EntrepreneurshipStarting and Existing•Early stage entrepreneurs, who are considering to start a businessbut who need help defining their ideas, building their plan andobtaining financing•Start-up businesses, who are seeking to grow their business andmanage their finances•Established businesses, who are seeking to grow their business andincrease their clients…
Volunteer OpportunitiesWays to Get InvolvedVolunteer Roles•Business mentors•Workshop instructors•Roundtable facilitators•Community Ambassadors•Chapter roles: marketing, fundraising, recruiting •Skill specific volunteers (e.g. finance or administrative)
MentorGuiding with Wisdom & ExpertiseMentors provide free business counseling to both aspiringentrepreneurs and existing business owners to help them succeed instarting a business or expanding their businessQualifications•At least 10 years of management experience•Ability to communicate effectively•Ability to commit to at least 10 hours a month
Workshop InstructorExpanding Small Business KnowledgeWorkshop instructors teach classes to SCORE clients on a myriadof topics, including business planning, financing, marketing, andtechnology.Qualifications•Significant experience in the field of study•Ability to communicate effectively and inspire our clients•Ability to commit to the training program regularly
Community AmbassadorExpanding Our ReachCommunity ambassadors help to facilitate referral connections withother organizations in the community in order to help expandSCORE’s program offering and to help recruit new SCOREvolunteers.Qualifications•Significant contacts within your community•Ability to engage community partners regularly on our behalf
Skill Specific VolunteersLending ExpertiseSCORE relies on volunteers who provide invaluable skills asvolunteers, 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 chapterfunctions
Our EthicsProtecting Our ClientsCode of EthicsIn order to protect our clients, SCORE has a code of ethics that youwill need to agree to and sign annually. Our code of ethics, includes:•SCORE members are unable to make money in any way fromSCORE clients.•Volunteer may not use our client or member database forcommercial reasons.
Steps in Becoming A VolunteerStep 1Decide what type of roles you may want to volunteer for, evaluate ifyour skills are a fit, and if you can agree to SCORE’s Code of Ethics.Step 2Fill out the volunteer application form located at:www.atlanta.score.org
Steps in Becoming A VolunteerStep 3You will be contacted by a member of our recruiting team who willconduct an interview to determine if there is a mutual fit.Step 4Once accepted, you will be asked to attend an orientation programto complete. Additionally, if you are selected to counsel clients, youwill be assigned a mentor and will go through a provisional periodwhere you will be assigned a who will team counsel with you to helpyou get comfortable.
A Better America: SCOREPowers Small Business Growth Thank You For Your Interest in Volunteering to Help America’s Entrepreneurs Jim Woods Ron Smith 770-527-6924