Monday, January 14, 2013
The Summerville Score Site located at the Greater Summerville/Dorchester County Chamber of Commerce counseled a total of 89 walk-in prospects during 2012.
New office hours began in January 2012 on Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. when the office was opened for walk-in clients at the Chamber Building located at 402 North Main Street in Summerville. These same office hours are being continued at the Chamber as 2013 rolls in.
The location of the site at the Chamber is a collective effort of the Charleston (Coastal) SCORE Chapter #285 and the Greater Summerville/Dorchester County Chamber of Commerce. It is primarily staffed by local SCORE volunteers, many of whom are members of the Chamber. This service is offered on Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for walk-ins.
The local SCORE team wishes to thank the Greater Summerville/Dorchester Chamber of Commerce for its help and assistance in getting the new office hours for walk-ins up and running well. New SCORE prospects are being made to feel very welcome when they walk in the front door and are greeted by the staff of the Chamber Welcome Center at 402 North Main Street in Summerville.
SCORE is a nonprofit association founded in 1964 that is dedicated to entrepreneur education and the formation, growth, and success of small business locally, statewide, and nationally. SCORE is a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration. Since its formation, SCORE has helped more than 9 million new businesses to start, grow, and protect their investments. SCORE mentors are active and retired business owners and executives, with extensive experience in a variety of business fields.
Local Counselors assisting prospects in 2012 were Reeve Conover, Henry Lewis, Joe Mendrzycki, Jan Campbell, Hank Cardarelli, Steve Mizel, and Jim Friar, Summerville Site Coordinator.
SCORE services have been in Summerville at the Chamber for over a decade by appointment only. This service was expanded in 2012 with the addition of the Thursday hours for walk-ins, with a counselor on duty during these hours of 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Local counselors have continued to offer counseling sessions on appointment by calling the Chamber at 873-2931.
In 2012, two new counselors were recruited by the Summerville Site Team. Deb Walworth has completed her SCORE orientation and training program. Michael Sussman is expected to complete this same battery of training this winter and become a SCORE counselor. SCORE is proud to have these two new counselors as each will have an opportunity to share their success with many new business prospects and firms seeking to expand in the area.
SCORE seminars were also conducted in Summerville on two occasions in 2012 at the Chamber. These seminars focused on a broad area of business interests including business plans, marketing/advertising, legal business structures, sales strategies, record keeping, human resource programs, and other helpful business training.
SCORE has been very successful in helping people who want to start a small business, by giving them the planning tools to organize, finance, and manage a startup business. SCORE works with persons already in business by providing assorted consulting services to help them expand the scope of their business and grow its sales and profits.
The Charleston (Coastal) Chapter of SCORE’s main office is located at 4500 Leeds Avenue in North Charleston and is open for walk-ins Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Chapter also offers a comprehensive list of seminars during the year to help the start-up business and expanding businesses. Detailed information about the seminars can be found at the Chapter web site – www.score285.org, or dial 727- 4778.