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SCORE expands free business mentoring hours in Cumming

by Aldo Nahed

April 13, 2014

CUMMING, Ga. — A nonprofit that helps small businesses and entrepreneurs get off the ground with free mentoring services, counseling and workshops has expanded its hours.

The Service Corporation of Retired Executives, or SCORE, opened its Forsyth County chapter earlier this year at the Regus Offices, 410 Peachtree Parkway, Building 400, Suite 4245 at the Collection at Forsyth. Regus Offices is in a building opposite the AMC movie theater.

SCORE, is a volunteer organization comprised of working and retired business leaders and professionals.

Operating a small business can be a challenging and sometimes lonely situation, said Barry Coates, one of the SCORE volunteers.

"SCORE mentors are available to provide ideas, support and guidance to small business owners," he said.

The free private mentoring services cater to entrepreneurs considering establishing a new business, or existing small business owners looking to grow their business.

SCORE volunteers say that all a person has to do is call to set up an appointment for free mentoring sessions.

In addition, SCORE also offers a range of workshops and seminars, at little or no cost, to help small business owners with advice on issues like writing a business plan, marketing, finance and funding.

The services are associated with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

SCORE has more than 13,000 volunteers across the country, providing mentoring services through 354 branches.

Mentoring appointments are available on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings, Friday afternoons, plus Monday and Wednesday evenings.

"We hope that by expanding our mentoring hours, more local small business owners will be able to take advantage of these services," Coates said. 

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