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Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed. Proverbs 15:22
People lose their way without wise leadership, but a nation succeeds and stands in victory when it has many good counselors to guide it. Proverbs 11:14
I wanted to use the Book of Wisdom in making a point today. It is the experience of Economic Developers and small business consultants that many entrepreneurs charge head long into starting their business without a well established plan and preparation; then fail to sharpen their skills once established. In today’s economy we need good counselors that can assist us in moving forward. Whether you are an individual that lost your job and starting your own business has always been on your mind, someone who’s business was not considered essential (we know that ALL businesses are essential, especially to the owner and his/her family), or are now operating at a level of mere percentage points of where you were 6 weeks ago; there are organizations that you can call upon to assist you at no or very little cost.
On our website we offer links to several of these organizations. Seminole County Ecosystem, Entrepreneurial and Small Business Development , and Business Links
Here I want to highlight, SCORE. The SCORE Association is a nonprofit association dedicated to entrepreneur education and the formation, growth, and success of small businesses nationwide. SCORE is a resource partner with the Small Business Administration. SCORE Association volunteers serve as “Counselors to America’s Small Business.” Working and retired executives and business owners donate their time and expertise as volunteer business mentors and provide confidential counseling and mentoring free of charge. They offer a great opportunity to learn from those that have been where you are and successfully overcame their situation (now some of you may be doing well, what about taking it to the next level). Right now may be a great opportunity to sharpen those skills through SCORE’s numerous webinars, BYOC., (bring your own coffee). SCORE Seminars
Please take advantage of the seminars, visit our web pages and investigate the possible mentors in your life or view the numerous sources for small business help; above all STAY HEALTHY.