SCORE To Be Mostly Functional in Gov't Shutdown

   SCORE - The Service Corps of Retired Executives - a non-profit, government sponsored entity, will remain mostly operational in the event of an imminent government shutdown.   Earlier this week, SCORE had advised volunteers that they could not counsel small businesses due to a lack of liability insurance coverage in the event of a shutdown.   That position was revised today.  Although SCORE offices will remain shut and official SCORE business will not be conducted, volunteers may continue to respond to requests for assistance from small business owners. 

All kinds of useful business tools and information, including basic business plans and outlines, can be found on the SCORE website -

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SCORE Association Facts

SCORE is the premier source for small business advice and mentoring in America. SCORE celebrates 46 years of volunteer service in 2010. Established October 5, 1964, SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to entrepreneur education and the formation, growth and success of small business nationwide. More than 13,000 volunteers at 350 chapters provide individual mentoring—in person and online—and business workshops for aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners. SCORE is a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

SCORE has served more than 9 million entrepreneurs since 1964. SCORE currently serves more than 350,000 entrepreneurs annually. Based on the findings of the 2009 SCORE Client Outcomes Survey by Gallup Consulting, SCORE helped create more than 30,000 new jobs nationwide in 2009. One in seven clients created a job. SCORE also helped create 68,452 new small businesses in 2009, according to an SBA report sent to Congress.

In 2009, SCORE volunteers donated more than 1.4 million hours of business advice, mentoring and workshop sessions. The SCORE Small Business Web Site is a popular site for small business owners, with a wide range of business resources and “how-to” information. The site also hosts Ask SCORE, which provides entrepreneurs and small business owners access to more than 1,650 email counselors with more than 600 areas of business expertise.