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SCORE celebrating 50 years

wwwA nonprofit organization of active and retired business people who volunteer their services, SCORE provides free business counseling and low-cost workshops on a variety of topics.

Rick Scofield, Livingston County’s SCORE representative and a face familiar to entrepreneurs and small business owners in the area, loves volunteering for the organization.

“What I like most is having the chance to deal with people who have a real passion for what they’re doing,” Scofield said. “When people are starting a business, they’re all in, which makes helping them get there a real privilege. It’s gratifying.”

“SCORE is such a valuable resource,” said Pat Convery, president of the Howell Area Chamber of Commerce. “It’s great to be able to recommend it to businesses who would like some consultation on any number of business concerns, including marketing and communication.”

If you or someone you know could benefit from some business counseling at absolutely no cost, call 517.546.3920 or visit SCORE.org.

To mark the milestone, the Michigan Legislature passed a resolution recognizing SCORE for its commitment to helping small businesses and entrepreneurs find success.

House Resolution No. 277.

A resolution to commemorate the 50th anniversary of SCORE Michigan.

Whereas, SCORE is a non-profit association of volunteer business professionals
established in 1964 that is dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and providing mentoring
services and guidance to help small businesses start, grow, and succeed in Michigan and
nationwide. The association is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2014; and

Whereas, SCORE Michigan has nine chapters and over 270 volunteer business
professionals who annually donate over 30,000 hours of their time and talent to help
aspiring entrepreneurs and existing small businesses succeed by providing nearly 5,000
mentoring sessions free of charge and offering small business educational workshops to
over 4,600 attendees; and

Whereas, In a 2012 Price Waterhouse Coopers (PwC) research study, SCORE
clients reported starting 735 new businesses, creating 1,215 new jobs, and generating
over $75 million in total revenue growth at no cost to the state of Michigan. Fifty-three
percent of SCORE’s clients served were women, 32% minorities, and 13% veterans; and

Whereas, SCORE contributes to government revenue nationally through client
returns to the Federal Treasury of $59 for every $1 appropriated to SCORE as of 2012,
and helped create upwards of 82,000 jobs; now, therefore, be it

Resolved by the House of Representatives, That the members of this legislative
body commemorate the 50th anniversary of SCORE Michigan. We recognize their
support of Michigan’s small businesses and entrepreneurs and celebrate the pivotal role
that a business mentoring and assistance organization can have on small businesses and
entrepreneurs within the state and nationally; and be it further

Resolved, That we promote the dedicated and localized stimulation of small business
throughout the state as exemplified through SCORE’s continued success.

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