Washington, DC (PRESS RELEASE – November 13, 2009) – SCORE “Counselors to America’s Small Business” salutes men and women serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. Business mentors with SCORE are proud to support the success of entrepreneurs in the military community. Many SCORE volunteers are Vietnam, Korea and WWII veterans. Twelve percent of SCORE clients are veterans, with one percent service-disabled.
Many SCORE offices have established programs or outreach specifically for veterans, National Guard and Reservists. SCORE chapters often work with clients through the Transition Assistance Program (TAP). This program helps service members move from their military service to a civilian career, which can include starting a business.
SCORE has updated an online section for veterans and military community entrepreneurs at www.score.org/veteran.html. New and updated resources include:
* New Feature for Vets highlights Ask SCORE advice by email. Veterans can search for mentors who have previous military experience.
* Insights for Veteran Entrepreneurs features key articles on: the mindset needed to become an entrepreneur; grant resources for small businesses; and tips on exemplary leadership.
* Resources for Veteran Entrepreneurs includes a directory of state programs for returning troops, plus a list of more than 30 organizations, groups and Web sites that offer information, training and assistance.
* Stats and Research on U.S. Veteran Entrepreneurs provides the latest research and facts on veteran entrepreneurship.
* Loans to Aid Your Success links to important business lending programs: SBA Economic Injury Loans; the Military Reservist Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program (MREIDL); and the Patriot Express Loan Initiative.
* How SCORE Helps Veterans highlights assistance and programs offered by local SCORE offices.
* SCORE 2.0: Find Us Online links to SCORE podcasts, women’s blog, free eNewsletters and Facebook page.
* How SCORE Can Help You highlights SCORE’s free online and face-to-face mentoring, free and low-cost workshops, and free eNewsletters.
SCORE honored Jonathan Bekemeyer, veteran Marine and owner of Killer Peaks in Port Royal, S.C., with the SCORE Award for Outstanding Veteran-owned Business. He earned this honor for his contributions to his community, exemplary achievements in his field, and overall business success. Before opening his business, Bekemeyer turned to South Carolina Lowcountry SCORE for advice and mentoring. SCORE helped him draft a winning business plan and offered valuable guidance on accounting and other start-up issues.
“Not only did I have no understanding of business, but I had no concept of accounting either,” he says. “I can say without a shadow of doubt that this business would have never come into existence without SCORE. I really needed that guidance and mentorship. SCORE has given me and the business everything I’ve needed to succeed.”
Since 1964, SCORE “Counselors to America’s Small Business” has helped more than 8.5 million aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners through counseling and business workshops. More than 12,400 volunteer business counselors in 364 chapters serve their communities through entrepreneur education dedicated to the formation, growth and success of small businesses.
For more information about starting or operating a small business, call 1-800/634-0245 for the SCORE chapter nearest you. Visit SCORE on the Web at www.score.org or www.score.org/women.