SCORE Counselors Step Up to Aid Vets, National Guard and Reservist Small Businesses
Washington, D.C.—Business owners leaving and returning from active duty can call on SCORE “Counselors to America’s Small Business” for free business counseling and mentoring. Through SCORE’s Veteran Entrepreneurs Web site, www.score.org/veteran.html, veterans, National Guard and reservist soldiers and their families can seek online business advice from SCORE volunteer counselors and use Web resources to ensure business continuity.
SCORE Board Chair and former veteran-owned small business owner Jim Pyles said, “SCORE wants soldiers serving our country to have a business to come home to when their deployment ends. Small business returning from active duty can find business help and support from SCORE. Volunteer counselors are committed to assisting soldiers with: restarting their firms, business readiness plans, emergency loan applications, business recovery and other business issues.”
Veteran, National Guard and Reserve members can connect with a business counselor 24/7 at www.score.org/veteran.html. Visitors should select the keyword “veteran,” or “national guard & reserve,” in addition to other keywords that correspond to the area of expertise needed. SCORE counselors will respond to questions within 48 hours.
Soldiers can also meet with a SCORE counselor in person at one its 389 offices. Call 1-800/634-0245 to get contact information for the SCORE office in your area. SCORE chapters in California and Nebraska have formed statewide business counseling programs through alliances with state National Guard groups.
Since 1964, the SCORE Association has assisted more than 6.9 million aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners through counseling and business workshops. More than 10,500 volunteer business counselors serve their communities through entrepreneur education dedicated to the formation, growth and success of small businesses. For more information about starting or operating a small business, call 1-800/634-0245 for the SCORE chapter nearest you. Or visit SCORE on the Web at www.score.org.