Dr. Sue hadn’t been an entrepreneur before. Lacking business experience she turned to researching how to start a small business. That is where she learned of SCORE. She was amazed to learn that the SCORE volunteers are free, knowledgeable, and experienced. She joked, “You have got to be kidding me. You just have to make an appointment?
Dr. Sue recalls that the volunteers at SCORE were encouraging from the start. “They thought this might work. I brought in my first business plan, knowing it was grossly inadequate. I fully expected to be laughed out of the room. Instead they were totally supportive. They were very kind, very nice, and tried to show me how to play to my strengths.”
Dr. Sue attended a SCORE workshop, How to Start a Small Business, and after a couple of initial meetings was assigned a Mentor, Chuck Rudnick. Though it started with inception and a business plan, Dr. Sue is now working with her SCORE mentor structuring expansion and growth, bringing in other people, and developing systems to stay organized and keep execution on track.
When asked if she’d recommend SCORE to other entrepreneurs, Dr. Sue said, “I would absolutely recommend them. I literally think it is one of the best assets out there for anyone, but especially those that lack experience like me. They are honest, kind, straight shooters. Experience is expensive, it is hard to find. To be able to call or email somebody and ask ‘what do you think?’ that is priceless.”