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SCORE and the Entrepreneur Segment

Thursday, March 13, 2008  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Great response to my segments with Chris Cox of today, the first of occasional conversations with small business start-ups and entrepreneurs living their dream. My view that every small business you pass every day is a story of dreams and drama is born out by the mail.

Among the interesting responses:


It was an interesting segment, I hope to hear more of them.

As long as we are talking about business advice, let me “promote” a non-profit that has been around since 1964. SCORE (which used to be Service Corps of Retired Executives) is still alive and active. More than 11,000 volunteers across the United States.

SCORE provides FREE counseling to business start-ups and problem solving for existing businesses. You would think we would be better known, we’ve got experienced marketing types, but we seem to be a best kept secret.

There are 3 or 4 chapters in the LAX area. I suspect one of their counselors would be happy to be interviewed for your show.

Most of the counselors are retired. Typically with 35-45 years of business experience, either with a large company or often times one of their own. For example, I worked at IBM for 30 years and have been a counselor for 5 years.

The National site is “” and has a large amount of how-to and advice articles.

A great feature on the national site is “Ask SCORE” that provides FREE email counseling, with an interesting twist. Your keyword entry brings up a list of 8-10 counselors, with a thumbnail bio for each. You get to pick the counselor that matches your need. They typically respond in less than 48 hours.


Bob Rowen , Austin SCORE Chapter #249

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