Free one-on-one counseling and technical assistance is available to entrepreneurs and existing businesses in North Central Massachusetts through a partnership between the North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce and the local chapter of SCORE mentors. SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) is a national nonprofit association supported by the U.S. Small Business Administration that is dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship. They have a network of 11,000+ volunteer business mentors who provide advice on every aspect of business planning, start-up, management and growth.
SCORE operates a satellite office at the North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce. SCORE mentors Bob Aspell, Ed Meyer and Ken Simms are available by appointment to meet with any prospective or existing small businesses at the Chamber office. Mr. Aspell’s main mentoring skills are Finance and Accounting, Operations, Product Development, and Supply Chain Management. Mr. Meyer’s main mentoring skills are Finance and Accounting, Operations, HR, and Sales & Marketing. Mr. Simms main mentoring skills are Marketing, Banking, Advertising and Sales.
Services available include assistance with developing business plans, marketing plans, securing financing, cash flow, and other areas critical to ensure a successful venture. Clientele includes start-up, early stage, expanding and troubled businesses. All programs of SCORE are offered to the public at no charge, on a non-discriminatory basis, and are handicapped accessible.
For more information or to schedule an appointment with a SCORE counselor, please contact the North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce at (978) 353-7600 ext. 222.