(SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah chapter of SCORE has elected Marjorie Young as its new President. PHOTO BELOW
SCORE, which stands for Service Corps of Retired Executives, is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping the small business community through free mentoring and business counseling. SCORE members volunteer their time and business expertise to help coach the next generation of entrepreneurs.
Young’s goals for SCORE include increasing mentoring participation within the business community and expanding awareness about SCORE.
There are 13,000 mentors available on the national SCORE website. Business owners can contact mentors who are in their trade or field of business by email to address specific questions. Out of the 13,000 mentors, approximately 80 percent are retired and 20 percent of the mentors are active business owners.
Young states, "So many people are unemployed that they are now thinking about or starting their own business. SCORE mentors are reaching out to advise start-up businesses, mentor businesses and help get America back on track."
"In 1990 I had my first meeting with a SCORE mentor to help my father’s printing business in Alexandria, Virginia. That advice was invaluable and helped turn our business around," Young continues. "I have volunteered for SCORE as a mentor for years, and I’m thrilled to now be the president. I want business owners to know that they have free access to amazing areas of local expertise, including accounting, international trade, computer technology, social media, public relations, marketing, engineering management, going public, retail, health care, nonprofits, insurance, digital productions, Internet marketing, manufacturing, cash flow, business plans and logistics. We even have a retired IRS agent volunteering with us. If you can’t find a local match for your business you can access www.score.org which has 13,000 mentors."
In addition to arranging speaking engagements with organizations, Young strives to develop a Speed Mentoring Day in conjunction with the Small Business Development Center, to be held on March 8, 2012.
"This will be a signature event for SCORE. Small businesses will have access to numerous mentors, among them retired and active business owners, in a roundtable-style mentoring event."
Business hours for the Savannah location of SCORE are Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Please visit www.scoresav.org for more information.
About Marjorie Young
Marjorie Young founded her company, Carriage Trade Public Relations, Inc. in 1995, to help businesses manage their reputation in the community and online. She also co-authored the book Secrets of The Woman in the Suit in 2010. Young is a frequent speaker and consultant on public relations and social media.
Young was named the 2011 Community Star by Savannah Morning News, 2006 Top Ten Women in Savannah by AWWIN, Inc., 2006 Entrepreneur of the Year by the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce, 2006 Buy Local Advocate of the Year, 2002 Small Business Champion by the Small Business Chamber, and Savannah Technical Institute’s 2001 Small Business Owner of the Year.
She is the past president of the Small Business Chamber and the Small Business Council and currently sits on the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and Leadership Savannah Board of Directors. Young is a member of the Downtown Savannah Rotary and is currently on the United Way’s Cabinet to raise money in the small business community.
Young will be attending a SCORE conference in October held in Las Vegas for all incoming SCORE Presidents.
SCORE’s Mission Statement
"We are resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), dedicated to helping the small business community through no-fee mentoring and business counseling. SCORE members volunteer their time and considerable business expertise to help coach the next generation of entrepreneurs"