SCORE – Small Business Help
SCORE Small Business Help
SCORE Volunteers Rod Houston and George Sezemsky
Small Business Help
2 Small Biz Guys talk with Rod Houston and George Sezemsky who are volunteers for SCORE, formerly known as Service Corps of Retired Executives. Both Rod and George bring considerable knowledge and wisdom from their decades of business involvement, along with the 70+ other business executives who act as consultants and mentors to thousands of business owners and entrepreneurs in the Phoenix area. Nationwide SCORE has 340 chapters and over 12,000 volunteers.
We explore the motivations and opportunities that both gentleman have found with SCORE in the beginning segment. From entrepreneurs to homeless folks looking for a way up and out, many of those, according to Rod, are really out of the box thinkers. SCORE has basically three types of services – business consulting/mentoring, provide low-cost seminars and provide tools through their national website for developing businesses. Associated with the Small Business Administration, the organization has locations all over the Valley.
The toughest thing for most business owners to do is ask for help. SCORE’s ease of access and programs make this organization a primary source for help at greatly reduced costs. We chat about the nature of small business, the challenges entrepreneurs and owners face and various solutions encountered as conversations and consultations develop over time. SCORE’s mentoring process is flexible and with over 70 mentors valley-wide there is a better than good chance you would find a great match.
We continue the conversation through the breaks and bring many tasty tidbits to light as we delve into the basic and often simple details and processes that plague business owners. Oftentimes small business owners have a certain skill set that only takes them so far. Being able to access additional help is crucial. SCORE provides nearly 70 workshops and an annual symposium. Find out more at the the national organization’s website.
Rod shares his best advice for the mentoring process – What are your 3 highest priorities that you need to accomplish? Reducing BHAGs (Big Hairy Audacious Goals) to the simple things allows one to focus on daily details that continue the momentum toward achieving those goals. We discuss much more…
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