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SCORE Partners with the SBA to Recruit North Dakota Business Mentors

Release Date: 
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Release Number: 
RO-14-10
Advisory Date: 
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Contact: 
Sheri Weston, 701-239-5131

Fargo - SCORE North Dakota and the US Small Business Administration (SBA) Region VIII, are launching today an initiative to attract additional volunteer mentors with business experience to expand confidential small business counseling and training throughout North Dakota.

“For 50 years, SCORE mentors have helped millions of new small businesses start and grow”, said Matt Varilek, Region VIII SBA Administrator. “We strongly encourage more North Dakotans, of any age, to join SCORE and help the state’s small business community prosper.” 

Volunteering as a SCORE mentor means joining an active national community of 11,000 volunteers who are committed to helping small business owners succeed.  SCORE volunteers come from a many different sectors and professions including entrepreneurship, large corporations, military communities and higher education.

“SCORE volunteers enjoy a variety of personal and professional benefits,” said Ken Hootnick, Regional SCORE Vice President. “You will enjoy the satisfaction of contributing to the success of others, many of them young people with a dream to thrive as an entrepreneur.”

In North Dakota, SCORE has 50 members, and offices in Bismarck, Fargo, Grand Forks and Minot serving almost 1,000 clients annually. All SCORE mentoring is done on a no-fee basis.

Since its inception in 1964, SCORE chapters have been serving the small business community with a combination of confidential mentoring and workshops covering a wide range of business topics. In response to the demands of the marketplace, a select number of mentors offer counseling via email.

For more information on how to become a SCORE mentor, please visit www.score.org/volunteer or call the North Dakota SBA office at 1-800-544-4674.

Related State: 
North Dakota