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SCORE Division Director
Peter Stack
has been helping small businesses and
entrepreneurs for 16 years, but one
moment and client jumps to mind in-
stantly as a "favorite."
The client was a young man start-
ing a homecare business. He had a
viable business, Stack remembers,
and a good marketing background
but he couldn't understand the finan-
cial reports he was being given by his
accountant.
After a successful meeting muddling
through the finances, the entrepreneur
thanked his counselors and got up to
leave.
"Are you making any money?"
Stack asked.
The young man hesitated. "Do you
have a minute?"
Absolutely, Stack responded.
"I'm not sure," the business owner
admitted.
Several years and countless sessions
with career counselors at SCORE later,
Stack reported, "business is booming
and it's a solidly profitable business."
What is SCORE?
"Our goal, at a fundamental level, is to
help people start and grow business-
es," said New Haven SCORE Chair-
person
Pat Sanders, who's currently
president emeritus at Post University
and a professor there.
SCORE, a nationwide nonprofit sup-
ported by the U.S. Small Business
Administration, boasts more than
13,000 volunteers and 364 local chap-
ters (including seven in Connecticut).
The mission? Help aspiring entrepre-
neurs start and grow small businesses.
The tools? Free counseling, work-
shops, and mentoring provided by
experienced professionals willing to
share their experience and knowledge
on everything from bookkeeping and
business plans to marketing and so-
cial media.
"We really hold their hands through-
out the whole process," Sanders said
of her volunteers. "People who start
businesses rarely have the funds for
experts and resources, which we offer
free of charge."
"We have a great group of volunteers
people with years and years of
Connecticut
Chapters of SCORE
Fairfield County SCORE
www.scorenorwalk.org
111 East Ave., Norwalk
203-831-0065
Greater Bridgeport SCORE
http://greaterbridgeport.score.org
230 Park Ave., Bridgeport
203-450-9484
Greater Hartford SCORE
www.hartfordscore.org
330 Main St., 2nd. Fl., Hartford
860-240-4700
New Haven SCORE
http://newhaven.score.org
20 Church St., New Haven
203-865-7645
Northwest Connecticut SCORE
http://northwestconnecticut.score.org
Northwest Connecticut
Chamber of Commerce
333 Kennedy Dr., Torrington
860-482-6586
Southeastern CT SCORE
http://southeasternconnecticut.score.org
Old Saybrook Shopping Center
665 Boston Post Rd., Old Saybrook
860-388-9508
Western Connecticut SCORE
http://westernconnecticut.score.org
Danbury City Hall
155 Deer Hill Ave., Danbury
203-794-1404
Wanted:
CPAs Willing to
Share Financial
Know-How
Small Businesses
`SCORE' with Help
By Caitlin Q. Bailey O'Neill, Assistant Editor