New SCORE business mentors:
A big thank you to everyone who has shown an interest in becoming a SCORE mentor! This email is to confirm next week’s meeting:
Friday, November 17, at 2 p.m.
Coffee & Cake workshop
Athens Technical College Elbert County Campus
1317 Athens Highway
SCORE administrator, Charlie Schrauth will speak to the group, explaining the next steps. Charlie is our regional representative and will be a most valued member of our new business mentoring program.
Interested in becoming a SCORE mentor, but are not yet signed up?
About the Elbert County program
SCORE is a non-profit resource partner of the Small Business Administration-an organization of over 10,500 volunteers with 389 offices across the nation.
SCORE’s mentors, comprised of active and retired business men and women, provide clients with free and confidential business counseling. Counseling can be conducted at one of many SCORE locations, a coffee shop, business, or by telephone or email.
The Development Authority of Elbert County, Elberton & Bowman is negotiating a dedicated space for Elbert businesses to receive counseling and attend workshops, through both the Small Business Development Center and SCORE. This endeavor heavily relies on mentors–you!
Better than a friend or neighbor, YOU already have the experience and knowledge to stimulate the professional growth of another by:
- Offering encouragement, becoming a trusted advisor
- Helping a business owner think through some of the larger decisions
- Refining a view of a successful business
- Sharing an impartial perspective to bounce ideas
- Being involved in the Mentee’s business ‘big picture’
- Providing your knowledge and information
- Listening and listening more
- Letting others learn from your successes and mistakes
- Setting the tone of learning by demonstrating your commitment
Most importantly, you don’t need to be an expert in everything! There are other sources and resources for that!
Why offer your time and knowledge?
- Develop your skills as a teacher, business owner or manager
- Give back to your community–more importantly, the Elbert community
- Learn from your student by sharing ideas. Gain an outside perspective
- Use lunch or coffee time with another in need of your ear
- Build a long lasting business relationship in an industry that may help your company
- Build a personal relationship
- Have your commitment recognized as your mentee ‘pays it forward’
What are the requirements to become a mentor?
- Certifying mentors requires a process that may take just a little time to complete. After attending the November 17 meeting, there are several lessons to be completed from the SCORE website
- Attend a SCORE workshop
- Attend 3 mentoring sessions alongside already certified mentors
Again, you don’t need to be an expert in everything! There are other sources and resources for that!
What is the first step?
SCORE and the Development Authority will be offering a special Coffee & Cake workshop for potential mentors (or mentees), here in Elbert County, at the Athens Technical College campus. We will be introducing SCORE to the business community.
We would like to get together: Friday, November 17, 2 p.m. Please advise you would like to attend along with any individual questions or concerns. An attendance form is provided, below.
Thanks so much for your interest!
If you decide the mentoring program is something you would like to do, you can make application during the meeting, or here.
After that, we will hold a workshop on Business Basics, taught by a certified mentor, Charlie Schrauth. This workshop will allow new mentors to learn even more about SCORE and to show potential SCORE clients how SCORE can assist them with their mentorship. Charlie is our regional representative and a most valued member of our new mentoring program.
- SCORE will take the requests of business owners looking for a mentor, matching them with you: https://core.score.org/mentoring/request/0/8861?address=30635&referrer_id=
- Maintain regular contact. Contact does not have to be frequent.
- Use SCORE resources for any problem or question of which you may need assistance
How will this end?
- Your time will ultimately provide the Elbert County area with another viable business
- Your mentee will eventually become a mentor
For more background information: