SCORE “Counselors to America’s Small Business” announces a new section specifically for veterans and military community entrepreneurs at the SCORE Web site, http://www.score.org. The new content area offers valuable mentoring and resources to help veteran, National Guard and Reservist small business owners succeed.
Visitors to www.score.org/veteran.html will find the following resources:
# Insights for Veteran Entrepreneurs features key articles on: the mindset needed to become an entrepreneur; grant resources for small businesses; and tips on exemplary leadership.
# Resources for Veteran Entrepreneurs lists more than 30 organizations, groups and Web sites that offer information, training and assistance, plus a directory of state programs for returning troops.
# Stats and Research on U.S. Veteran Entrepreneurs provides the latest research and facts on veteran entrepreneurship.
# Loans to Aid Your Success links to important business lending programs: SBA Economic Injury Loans; the Military Reservist Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program (MREIDL); and the Patriot Express Loan Initiative.
# How SCORE Helps Veterans highlights assistance and programs offered by local SCORE offices for military community entrepreneurs.
# How SCORE Can Help You highlights SCORE’s free online and face-to-face counseling, low-cost workshops and free eNewsletters.
Notable SCORE client success stories include:
Bill Rasmussen, a U.S. Marine from northern Colorado, came up with an idea for a medical product that would help speed care to victims of disaster situations. While serving in Iraq, he accessed SCORE’s online counseling system to begin email mentoring with Cheyenne SCORE Counselor David Sneed on prototype patents and business plan issues. Bill’s business partner, Maureen Greene, has worked with Las Cruces SCORE Counselor Elaine Jeveli on government regulations and manufacturing.
When planning his transition to civilian life, Darryl Alexander decided to pursue his lifelong dream of owning a barbeque restaurant that would transplant the taste of his native Memphis to his adopted home of southern Arizona. He shared his idea with Phoenix SCORE Counselor Jim Batz, who helped him develop a business plan that led to quick approval for an SBA-backed loan to start his business.
Since 1964, SCORE “Counselors to America’s Small Business” has helped more than 7.9 million aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners through counseling and business workshops. More than 10,500 volunteer business counselors in 389 chapters serve their communities through entrepreneur education dedicated to the formation, growth and success of small businesses.