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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Finding a Counselor/Mentor

What do you do when:

Your employees quit?
A supplier offers you a “sweet” deal?
A major business or government office you depend on closes?
One of your major products is recalled by the manufacturer?
One of your products is featured in a national advertising campaign?
A natural disaster hits your business (fire, flood, storm, etc.)?

Where do you go to get help creating a plan to move your business forward?

You could call “Ghost Busters” and hope for the best…or you could have a Counselor/Mentor in the wings, ready to offer assistance.  You may recall that in another article I discussed the differences between Counselors and Mentors…THERE IS NONE! SCORE uses both terms interchangeably.

So how do you go about finding the right one for you?

First, determine what you need to succeed

Second, Make time to find and meet (if possible) with a prospective Counselor/Mentor. Look at your local SCORE chapter and/or the SCORE national web site for pointers.

Third, Find one that you respect and determine how you will stay in touch (meetings, email, phone, etc.)

Fourth, Ask the questions you seek help with

It is not hard, but it will not happen if you do not plan ahead.

Are you ready?

Steve Koenig, SCORE Counselor/Mentor



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