Annapolis, MD - SCORE, a nonprofit organization providing free volunteer experienced mentors to small businesses, announces the merger of two of its Maryland chapters – Mid-Shore and Southern Maryland chapters -- to better serve small businesses on both sides of the Chesapeake Bay.

The Mid-Shore SCORE chapter, now covering Talbot, Caroline, Dorchester, Somerset, Wicomico, and Worcester counties, and the SCORE Southern Maryland chapter, covering Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary’s counties will be combined into one larger chapter, effective October 1, 2021. The larger resulting chapter will be called SCORE Southern Maryland and will be headquartered in Annapolis.

The move to combine the two chapters provides a broader and deeper base of experienced business mentors to attend to the ever-increasing demand by new, growing or pandemic-impacted small businesses with needs specific to this region of Maryland. With this change, an Anne Arundel-based SCORE client starting an urban farm business will now benefit from the expertise of SCORE mentors on the agriculture-rich Eastern Shore. Plus, as technology, such as Zoom and Google Meets, has allowed SCORE to provide vital and virtual mentoring services and workshops to its business clients across these Maryland counties from the outset of the pandemic through today, the merging of these two chapters focuses its limited resources on client services, and not duplicative administrative expenses.

Bruce Sanders, current chapter chair of SCORE Southern Maryland, welcomes the merger: “The combined forces of our larger organization will greatly benefit our small business clients.” 

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Since 1964, SCORE has helped more than 11 million aspiring entrepreneurs. Each year, SCORE provides small business mentoring and workshops to more than 350,000 new and growing small businesses. More than 10,000 business experts volunteer as mentors in 300 chapters serving local communities with entrepreneur education to help grow 1 million small businesses.

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