Michelle Reid-Spitzer started to clean houses to make some extra money while she was in college. When Ms. Reed-Spitzer told her mother she wanted to clean houses, her mother told her she was crazy, reminding her daughter that she had the world’s messiest bedroom as a teenager.

“In those moments when you don’t know where to go or what to do with your business, these resources offer peace of mind and a hand to hold,” Ms. Reed-Spitzer says. “I was very fortunate to tap into the resources of SCORE, their knowledge and their expertise. If I hadn’t, I probably would not have survived the recession.”

“Our mentors have real life experience. We relate to our clients in a very personal way,” Jim Getz, chapter chair of the Port Charlotte SCORE, says. “It’s not like they’re going to a paid consultant. Our only agenda is to help them. We do our best to help them, not because we’re getting paid, but because we like them, we relate to them.”



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