What we are looking for:
"Men and women who want to share their knowledge and experience with future and current small business owners."
Recruiting is at the heart of providing quality counseling. We focus on filling a full range of business disciplines and attracting volunteers representing the faces and ethnicities of our area.
While the majority of our counselors are retired, we welcome those who are still working. Our younger volunteers help keep us current in today's technology environment and fast paced business practices.
Many counselors become involved in our workshop program and this helps them learn additional skills. We include an educational portion at our interesting and informative monthly chapter meetings. The meetings also add to the cohesion of our membership.
New counselors are expected to become involved in chapter activities. This includes counseling, workshops, attending meetings and committee participation. When necessary, these requirements can be modified to fit a personal schedule.
During fiscal year 2008, Midlands SCORE had over 50 members who contributed over 5500 hours, 30% counseling and 70% other activities. We held nearly 1,000 client sessions and attracted more than 400 attendees to our 15 workshops.
Nationally, over 11,000 men and women volunteer in 370 offices throughout the country.
SCORE volunteers enjoy a variety of rewards:
* Enjoy the satisfaction of contributing to the success of others.
* Gain community recognition and respect as a mentor.
* Provide leadership in the community.
* Grow professionally and personally.
* Participate in lifelong learning.
* Make new friends.
If interested in become a SCORE volunteer: Contact our membership chairman, by using the CONTACT US email button at bottom or the phone number 803-765-5131 and leave a message. In the message give your name, your phone number, best time to call and that you would like to talk about joining SCORE. It may take us up to a week to respond. The membership chairman will make arrangements for you to attend one of our monthly meetings so you can get a feel as to who we are and what we are about.
If you are accepted as a volunteer, there will be training and orientation to enable you to further understand SCORE's mission, services, and the opportunities within the organization. All counselors honor a code of ethics that ensures client confidentiality and professional conduct.
This will be followed by a mentoring program where you will be asked to sit in on several counseling sessions and at least 1 workshop. This will help to show you different counseling approaches as well as the importance of good listening, interviewing and problem-solving practices. It will also aid you in meeting other members so you can co-counsel with them if it is appropriate when you get your own clients.
As a SCORE volunteer you can:
* Share your success and expertise.
* Develop and present workshops.
* Provide online counseling directly from your own computer.
* Serve in a leadership capacity with SCORE.
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