New SCORE for Jackson, Mississippi entrepreneurs
JACKSON, Miss. — SCORE, formerly known as the Service Corps of Retired Executives is back in Jackson on a mission to mentor small business owners and entrepreneurs. The organization returns after a 12-year absence in the Jackson metropolitan area. The new chapter of the group had its installation Oct. 27 at the Jackson Chamber. SCORE operates out of 201 S. President St. in Jackson.
While the former incarnation of SCORE relied totally on retirees to provide mentoring, SCORE 2.0 welcomes anyone with the acumen and experience to do so. A business owner is just as likely to be helped by someone close to their own age as one who has left the daily grind behind. The organization states that “anyone willing to volunteer” is considered an asset and mentor. There is currently a roster of about 45 volunteers according to a press statement to the Mississippi Business Journal. SCORE will continue to seek new volunteers at all times.
The group’s purpose is primarily to pass knowledge and business experience on to the next generation of entrepreneurs and business owners. The group hopes to positively shape the future of Mississippi business. SCORE also collaborates with other organizations with the same mission, including the Mississippi Development Authority’s Entrepreneurial Center, Innovate Mississippi and the Mississippi Small Business Administration.
SCORE’s mission is to help entrepreneurs take their vision to reality, with step-by-step guidance, including calling in specialists. Nationally, the group counseled 10 million clients last year and helped 56,000 businesses. SCORE emphasizes cultivating a several-year relationship with the businesses to see the future beyond the launch phase.
Source: Mississippi Business Journal