This month, our Partner Spotlight highlights a resource for both new and existing small businesses in Frederick. SCORE Frederick provides no charge, confidential business consulting services through a team of volunteers with robust business experience. We spoke with SCORE mentor Jerry Bory to learn more about the organization and the resources available to businesses in Frederick.
1. What is SCORE's mission?
SCORE provides professional guidance and information, accessible to all, to maximize the success of America’s existing and emerging small businesses. SCORE is a nonprofit all volunteer organization with 310 chapters across the country. In Maryland, our six chapters helped start 940 new businesses that created 962 jobs (2014).
2. What are your top priorities?
Our priorities for 2017 include serving more clients than last year, increasing the number of mentors in our chapter, increasing the number of educational workshops we conduct, and enhancing our marketing plan for promoting our free confidential services.
3. How did SCORE get started?
Our chapter started in 1999 with strong backing from our greatest advocate, the late Chris Olsen, the director of the local SBDC office. Throughout the years, many dedicated chapter members have donated their time and talents to help our chapter.
4. Can you share any upcoming events?
The Frederick Chapter will provide 14 interactive workshops this year and each is designed for start-ups, small, and mid-sized businesses. Our first two events this year include:
- Many small businesses and organizations find themselves seeking the right strategies, tools and tactics to make marketing as effective as possible, only to feel overwhelmed with the number of possibilities available to them.This workshop will answer some of the important questions that will help you move your marketing in the right strategic direction.
March 23, 2017
6 - 9 p.m.
Frederick Community College
- Strategic Selling and Marketing does not mean making more sales calls, relying heavily on social media and internet promotion, and networking. These are generally considered tactics! It means marketing and selling to your company’s strengths, building strategic partnerships, knowing your market and beating your completion. This requires critical assessment, fresh thinking, and commitment by you and your staff to improving your business. It is STRATEGY!
April 6, 2017
4:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Frederick Community College
5. What type of companies are best positioned to take advantage of your services?
We serve three types of clients: early stage entrepreneurs, start-ups, and established businesses. We provide help and advice on business plans, organizational structure, understanding the market place and competition, and more.
Connect with SCORE Frederick
4539 Metropolitan Court Frederick, MD 21704