What is the focus of Southern Maryland SCORE?
Workshops and mentoring to foster new and existing small businesses in Anne Arundel, Charles, Calvert and St. Mary’s Counties. While much activity is with people starting – or contemplating starting – a business, we also work with established small businesses who are facing challenges. In 2017 we worked with over 290 individual clients, and hosted over 275 others at workshops.
I really don’t have a strong business background; can I still be a SCORE member?
We have successful mentors with backgrounds in law, education, the military, government – in addition to business. What matters is a sincere interest in supporting entrepreneurs and small businesses; SCORE has lots of resources that you can leverage to be successful.
I’m not certain mentoring is for me; what other volunteer opportunities exist?
Leading or preparing workshops; chapter administration - meeting preparation, minute tasking, accounting, newsletters to members; volunteer coordination … and more
What time commitment is expected of volunteers?
- 2 to 8 hours per week (you can determine how much time you want to spend) in a flexible schedule.
- Monthly chapter meetings (~2 hours) whenever possible
What is the on-boarding process: how does a new volunteer get up to speed?
Following your on line application, you’ll have a phone call with our membership chair and an in-personmeeting with 2 to 3 senior members; you’ll then be assigned a “sponsor” to mentor you through the rest of the process You’ll then be expected to complete: 5-7 on-line courses covering SCORE principles, three co-mentoring sessions with sponsor and/or other members, attendance at a “How to Start and Manage Your Small Business” workshop and at two other specialty workshops of your choosing.
What resources are available for mentors?
- Many online courses, webinars, blogs, templates and other articles
- Experience and knowledge of other chapter members
- Experience and knowledge of national members
What administrative requirements are there?
At the beginning, the requirement to take all requisite on-line courses and to complete your profile of experience and capability. Once an active member, the only “requirement” is to enter all client sessions in CORE (in the SCORE web site) in a timely fashion and to take the updated Code of Ethics on-line course once a year. We also expect member assistance with various chapter administrative necessities – occasional office duty, marketing, recruitment, networking with local partners, etc.