About SCORE (For the life of your Business)

Posted on October 20, 2012


SCORE Association

SCORE Association (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


SCORE is America’s economic development engine, established by the Federal Government in 1964. SCORE is a non-profit, nation-wide organization, celebrating 47 years of service, whose members offer free business mentoring to aspiring and existing small business owners. Members come from a variety of backgrounds and volunteer their knowledge and expertise.

SCORE’s focus: Create, grow, save and/or assist small business at no cost. We are the nation’s premiere small business mentors, coaches and counselors. SCORE East Central Iowa is the local contingent. We help small businesses succeed in Benton, Cedar, Jones and Linn Counties here in Iowa.

Our team joined with the faculty at Linn Mar High School to better prepare the FBLA students.  The immediate benefit of such an endeavor is to prepare the students for Regional and State Competitions.  These multi-layered exercises delve into nearly all of the topics that will be encountered by an individual attempting to develop, start-up, run and grow a business in today’s world.

Ultimately we feel that this collaboration will give the FBLA and the business program a head start on creating more knowledgeable and better prepared business people for the future.  We also believe that not every individual is suited to or desires to open and run a business.  But just like so many subjects that are required in the educational process the body of work we do here will give tomorrow’s consumer and worker a better understanding of their place in the world. This is truly a win-win situation.

In the broadest sense, we are shaping a better future for us all.  Academic curriculum, being a structured atmosphere, can lose touch with the truly personal nature of business enterprise. The collaboration of SCORE’s seasoned Mentors and the Academic world brings the subject matter into the real world. In addition, the brain drain that the Midwest is experiencing may be curtailed a bit by having tomorrow’s leaders better prepared for success. This will encourage them to stay at home rather that migrate to larger population centers.

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