As Americans pause this weekend to commemorate Veterans Day, it's a good time to remind those who have served in the military of the resources available to assist them in the realization of entrepreneurial dreams.
Military experience can be a strong predictor of entrepreneurship abilities. Every veteran knows that the key to success in any mission is preparation and having the tools necessary to complete the job. Success in the world of small-business ownership is no different. Every startup begins with a thoroughly researched strategy — the business plan — and resources to carry it out.
The Small Business Administration and its resource partners — SCORE, Small Business Development Centers, Veterans Business Outreach Centers and Women’s Business Centers — offer many programs and educational opportunities to veterans and are ready to help. These resources are available not only to veterans, but also National Guard/ Reserve members and military spouses.
SCORE offers a variety of workshops and free mentoring to startups and existing small businesses. Workshop offerings include specific subject courses, an in-depth, six-session "Starting Your Business" program and a comprehensive, six-session "Growing Your Existing Business" program. SCORE mentors, many of whom are veterans, are available to provide counseling. A wide variety of entrepreneurial experience and corporate executives with experience in business constitute the skill sets of SCORE mentors.
For more information, reach out to Akron SCORE at www.akronscore.org.
Akron SCORE offers free, confidential advice on a wide range of industries and business issues. Serving Summit, Medina Portage and Wayne counties, more than 60 SCORE mentors can point you to training, information resources and more. Contact Akron SCORE at www.akron.score.org or call 330-379-3163.