77276512SCORE Colorado and the U.S. Small Business Administration Region VIII launched an initiative to attract more volunteer mentors with business experience to expand small business counseling and training throughout Colorado.

For 50 years, SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) volunteers have shared their expertise with up-and-coming small business people across the country. In partnership with the SBA, these volunteers have contributed to a stronger economy and small business successes in industries from retailing, to manufacturing and everything in between, said Amy McDowell of the SBA.

In the past year, according to a Price Waterhouse Coopers’ survey SCORE assisted clients that started 38,630 new businesses and created more than 67,000 jobs in the national economy.

More than 11,000 volunteers help small business owners in the state. SCORE volunteers come from all sectors and professions, including small and large businesses, the military, higher education and more.

Volunteering of any kind provides valuable benefits not only for the recipient, but also for the volunteer. SCORE volunteers take pride in knowing they’re building a stronger economy and creating more opportunity for hard-working families, McDowell said.

“Today we’re asking, join SCORE and use your experience to build a stronger Colorado,” McDowell said. “To mark the 50th anniversary of SCORE, we’ve adopted the ambitious goal of helping 1 million new businesses to get started, one at a time, by 2017.”

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For more information on how to become a SCORE mentor, visit http://www.score.org/volunteer or call the Colorado SCORE office at (303) 844-3985.