With April’s status as National Volunteer Month, what better time to show appreciation for the contributions SCORE volunteers make to the business community? At SCORE Portland, our team of more than 60 certified volunteer mentors has counseled and provided small business advice to thousands of entrepreneurs who wanted to start a business or had a business challenge to overcome.
Through sharing their expertise, experience, and guidance, SCORE’s volunteers assist local businesses as they prepare to launch and grow. Not only are our volunteers an invaluable resource for current and aspiring entrepreneurs, but they learn and grow as well! Here are just a few benefits of becoming a SCORE volunteer:
Hone your leadership skills.
Through providing guidance and feedback to SCORE clients and serving in leadership roles, you strengthen your skills and community connections.
Fine-tune your business acumen.
As you work with clients and other SCORE mentors, you develop your collaboration and communication skills. You also increase your knowledge about varied aspects of starting and operating businesses in a variety of industries. Life long learners will enjoy the constant stimulation.
Connect more extensively with the business community.
Volunteering with SCORE opens the door to meeting a wide variety of local entrepreneurs, community leaders, public officials, and other organizations who share the mission of providing resources to the small business community. You never know where those connections can lead!
Learn new technology tools and apps.
Depending on your involvement in SCORE, you could learn to use (or boost your proficiency at using) new software, App’s and other technology tools.
All of these opportunities to add to and improve your knowledge and skills can give you an advantage not only from a volunteer standpoint, but in your own professional pursuits.
Want to be a SCORE Volunteer? Here’s How!
If you’re ready to help your community thrive and learn new skills, consider volunteering with SCORE Maine or your local SCORE chapter.
At SCORE Maine, we are always seeking qualified individuals who can serve as mentors (in-person or virtual) and/or lead SCORE workshops. What makes a great mentor? We look for individuals with professional knowledge, skills, and experience (either as business owners or working for others) that can be applied in helping startup and established entrepreneurs. Social EQ required.
If that sounds like you, please contact us to apply. We would love to talk with you about how your business insight can help others succeed and grow.