"You've Given Me Hope"

Barb Plotkin of Madison has a passion for and expertise in copywriting. For quite a while, she's been thinking about how to turn that into a business, but wasn't quite sure where to start.

On June 28, she attended a session sponsored by the Madison Chamber of Commerce at the community room in the town's police station and heard experts from SCORE, talk about how they wanted to help her with support and advice, and representatives from the Connecticut Community Investment Core (CTCIC) talk about how they were aggressively trying to lend money.

"Thank you," she said following the session, to SCORE Team Leader Joe Beerbower of Madison, who helped give the presentation. "You've given me hope."

"It's amazing how much expertise you need to successfully run a business," Beerbower said. "Fourteen skill sets are required to successfully own and manage a business. Nobody has 14 skill sets. You might have three, you might have four, but nobody has all fourteen."

And that, for many businesspeople, and aspiring entrepreneurs, is where SCORE comes in.



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