As many of you know, I’m a volunteer for the local Richmond SCORE Chapter and a national blogger for SCORE. Today, I rec’d the info below from the SCORE Foundation. Consider getting involved as a SCORE client (great business resources and advice for entrepreneurs and small biz owners) and/or become a volunteer. It is very rewarding either way you go!

This year, SCORE celebrates 45 years of volunteer service to help small businesses nationwide start, grow and succeed. SCORE reached a new milestone in 2009, helping 8.5 million clients since its inception in 1964. Nationally, SCORE offers free and confidential business mentoring and low-cost workshops to more than 350,000 people each year.

Join us in a VIRTUAL PARTY for SCORE’s 45th Anniversary and if you have not done so yet, honor this great organization by making a 45th Anniversary donation for the 45th ANNIVERSARY VIRTUAL PARTY going on through December 31, 2009. You can make your gift securely online at SCORE Foundation – Online Giving.

We will publish a list of all 45th Anniversary Donors (including those who have already made a gift – on the SCORE Foundation website at the end of the 45th Anniversary VIRTUAL PARTY year in January 2010.
SCORE provides a tremendous value to America’s economy. SCORE helps create more than 25,000 new jobs each year, based on an impact study of SBA Entrepreneurship Education resources. One in seven clients creates a new job. SCORE also helped create 19,732 new small businesses in 2007, according to an SBA report sent to Congress.

SCORE and SCORE Foundation CEO Ken Yancey says, "SCORE helps small business owners start up, stay in business and keep Americans employed. SCORE has a proven track record of both creating and saving jobs by improving small business survival rates and accelerating small business formation." Yancey adds, "SCORE celebrates volunteer service to the small business community. Our 45th anniversary focuses on the valuable contribution that volunteers make to local entrepreneurs with mentoring and advice that meets their business needs."

Thank you for your consideration and support!
Mark J. Dobosz
Executive Director
The SCORE Foundation

If you are interested in becoming a Richmond (VA) SCORE volunteer, visit this website here.