SCORE

Contact: Melinda Zemper Feb. 1, 2016
Phone: (513) 706-3737| Email: mzemper@fuse.net

New SCORE Seminar to Help Entrepreneurs Form a Nonprofit Organization

Volunteer arm of SBA offers 45 SCORE workshops per year

Greater Cincinnati SCORE, business volunteers who help entrepreneurs start up and run small businesses and nonprofits, will offer a new seminar on “How to Form a Nonprofit Organization.”

The seminar will be held Saturday, March 19 from 8:15 am to noon at the Hamilton County Development Center in Norwood. It is one of 45 SCORE workshops offered to new and in-business small business owners and nonprofits throughout the year. Cost is $35 for SCORE clients and $50 for the public. Scholarships are available.

“Many people who wish to start a nonprofit have been online and are overwhelmed by the volume of information available,” said Jim Maltry, a SCORE counselor with 26 years of working with nonprofits. “This seminar provides an easily understood, concise, step-by-step process to form a nonprofit.”

Maltry of Delhi is a former assistant vice president of PNC Bank and joined SCORE in 2007. He has experience in how to start a nonprofit; legal requirements; fundraising; board development; recruitment of board members; nonprofit business plans; and strategic plans.

Maltry said the average person interested in starting a nonprofit in greater Cincinnati with whom he has worked is a woman aged 25 to 40 years old, with a passion for helping others, but with minimal management or business experience.

“She has usually needed, or has a friend or relative who needed nonprofit services in the past, and received poor or no service,” said Maltry. “But she is unfamiliar with a business plan and expects to earn an income from the nonprofit. This course will help these women– and all entrepreneurs with a mission to help others– learn how to operate a nonprofit and make it work.”

Seven years ago, SCORE’s seminar program consisted of only three core seminars and occasional, customized seminars offered on a schedule of 20 to 25 seminars per year, said Tom Moon of Indian Hill, a former SCORE chapter chairman and current SCORE seminar director. Since 2008, the annual number of free or low-cost SCORE seminars has almost doubled.

SCORE’s popular “So You Think You Want to Own Your Own Business” seminar costs $5 and is offered approximately 20 times per year.

“We want to assist in outreach as well as encourage enrollment in our seminars,” said Jim Stahly of West Chester, SCORE chapter chairman. “Our mission is to help entrepreneurs start up or run existing businesses, and we have more than 90 volunteer

executives and specialists who can help with finance, operations and marketing a business.”

Upcoming SCORE seminars for entrepreneurs include:

Start Your Own Business, Feb. 6; Starting Your Business Seminar Series, Feb. 13 through March 5; Key Steps to Starting Your Business, Feb. 13; Marketing/Sales Strategies for Small Businesses, Feb. 20; Financial Management and Financial Projections, Feb. 27; and Business Feasibility and Funding, March 5.

The Greater Cincinnati chapter is one of the most active and lauded in the nation. It received SCORE National’s Platinum Award the last three consecutive years. It’s one of only 14 of SCORE’s 320 chapters nationwide to receive this “Best of the Best” award three years in a row, said Stahly.

For costs, locations and more information about SCORE, its counseling services and seminars, go to www.scoreworks.org or call (513) 684-2812. SCORE offices are located at 525 Vine St., Suite 1030 in downtown Cincinnati.