Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Know the SCORE.

I'm a big fan of small business and microenterprise. In the US, small businesses employ 52% of workers, and they are important for growing a growing economies, and for personal self-sufficiency around the world.

"SCORE "Counselors to America's Small Business" is the best source of free and confidential small business advice to help you build your business—from idea to start-up to success." Here are a few ways you can get involved:

* Volunteer and join SCORE's corps of "10,500 men and women, retired and working" who "donate their time and talent to assist America’s entrepreneurs."

* Receive free enewsletters to learn more about SCORE activities.

* Ask one of SCORES 1200 email counselors for free, fast and confidential business advice.

* Support SCORE, a non-profit organization.

* Find the SCORE office nearest you to register for workshops or offer your services. There are 389 chapters nationwide.

And don't forget to support the small businesses in your area. Also, by funding microloans, you can help others, here and abroad, start their own businesses. These businesses will help the proprietor, her family and her country.

"I am aware that success is more than a good idea. It is timing too." - Anita Roddick

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