Since 1964, SCORE has helped small businesses start up and grow. More than 8.5 million aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners have sought out SCORE mentoring and training. The SCORE Association and its network of 364 chapters in all 50 states, including seven chapters in Maine, is dependent on its volunteers offering real-world advice.

From the beginning, SCORE’s mission has been focused on the American dream of small business ownership. SCORE’s unique service is based on giving back to the community-in this case, the local business community. Business men and women with successful careers and entrepreneurial experience join SCORE to volunteer their time and expertise to help new businesses start and existing businesses grow and succeed.

SCORE’s primary service is business mentoring. SCORE helps entrepreneurs through face-to-face business advice sessions on a full range of business topics. SCORE also provides educational workshops on relevant topics for new and existing businesses. In addition, SCORE offers e-mail advice 24/7 through the SCORE Small Business Web Site, The Oxford Hills Chapter of SCORE has 25 volunteers with a wide variety of business skills, years of management experience and local market knowledge.

The Chapter recently recognized significant contributions of six of its members with five, ten and twenty years of service. Volunteers and guests at the recognition gathering were from left to right: Glenn Davis, S. Paris 5 yrs; Karen Austin, Norway 5 yrs; Jean Hulit, NE Regional Director SBA; Mary Ann Brown, West Paris 5 yrs; Keith Willoughby, Waterford 20 yrs; Neil Elder SCORE District Director for Maine; Diane Jackson, Senator Olympia Snowe’s Office Representative; Steve Veazey, Oxford Hills SCORE Chairman. Missing from the picture were Roland Sutton, Norway 10 yrs and Andy Moll, Norway 10 yrs.

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