Small business owners who receive three or more hours of mentoring report higher revenues and increased growth, and SCORE is America’s premier source of free, confidential business advice. In addition to the one-on-one mentoring and coaching the SCORE organization offers, and team/group counseling sessions for local entrepreneurs in the Tristate area, SCORE partners with numerous organizations in the community to provide additional resources which impact entrepreneurial growth.
This blog will focus on three SCORE partners that help entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses. These additional resources include organizations, such as, (1) Bad Girl Ventures (2) Mortar, and (3) University of Cincinnati. First, the Bad Girls Ventures nonprofit organization supports female entrepreneurs in the area, by way of, providing business education services, office space and capital funding to launch their businesses through an intense nine-week Launch! Program. Second, Mortar is a local nonprofit organization with a premier nine-week entrepreneurship program that is designed to help low-income entrepreneurs with tools needed to grow their businesses successfully within the surrounding neighborhoods. Lastly, the University of Cincinnati (UC) has developed a StartupUC Incubator program where mentors assist UC students throughout the duration of an extensive entrepreneurial experiential-learning business program.
As an entrepreneur, partnering with these local resources, in addition to, taking advantage of SCORE services, gives clients immediate access to specialized mentoring and coaching from certified business professionals, opportunities to win capital funding to launch their businesses even further into the marketplace, and numerous additional support services, such as, office space, business education and training, and peer rapport building.
Contributed by Luci Parmer, Ph.D.