The Central PA Chapter of SCORE is offering to assist any company or non-profit organization in its service area to develop a strategy for resuming operations after being curtailed by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The chapter’s service area consists of Centre, Mifflin, Clearfield, Clinton and Huntingdon Counties.
According to Ken Manno, the chapter’s immediate past chair and a SCORE Certified Business Mentor, teams consisting of three to four members each have been created to provide assistance to businesses in the area. “We realize that, especially with small businesses, management may not have a team of individuals from various business backgrounds who can help to create a strategy for getting the business back on track”, Manno said. “For the vast majority of these entities, this process will need to be multi-faceted and progressive. We can provide assistance for whatever period of time it is needed, there is no cost for our services, and it is completely confidential.”
SCORE was established in 1964 by the U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to help those who want to start either a for-profit or a non-profit organization. More recently, SCORE members have been called upon to assist existing businesses to overcome challenges, expand their product or service offerings, or to enter new markets, etc. There are over 300 SCORE chapters across the country with more than 10,000 volunteers participating.
Any business or non-profit organization wanting to enlist the assistance of the Central PA SCORE Chapter should go online to www.score.org, go to the Find a Mentor tab, and complete the required information. Usually within 24 hours of this process being initiated a notification is sent to the appropriate chapter and the local activities begin. Requests are handled on a first-come first-served basis.