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Survey: SCORE a valuable resource

A new Gallup survey shows that SCORE “Counselors to America’s Small Business” is proving to be an effective business counseling resource for thousands of clients, providing them with valuable materials to help launch new businesses and maintain existing ventures.  Through its free program with volunteer business experts, SCORE mentored nearly 180,000 aspiring and current small business owners in 2009.

The survey illustrates that 61.8% of clients surveyed said that they changed their current business strategies after meeting with SCORE counselors.  Clients found their counselors exhibited a high level of professionalism, listened and communicated well, and were knowledgeable about current management practices and issues.

Prior to working with SCORE, 30.8% of clients surveyed were considering starting a new business, 35.5% were in the process of starting a new business and 33.7% were already running a business.  After completing SCORE’s mentoring program, nearly 70% were in business.

“Given that small businesses are the backbone of our economy, their success is more important than ever right now,” says Ken Yancey, CEO of SCORE.  “By offering a range of critical expertise, from business plans and marketing strategies to financial projections and leveraging social media tools, we are able to fill a huge need and help entrepreneurs successfully navigate a host of issues that can overwhelm even the most resilient among us.”


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