Small Businesses -- Do YOU KNOW YOUR SCORE ? / by David Lawrence

Join SCORE Today and Serve Montana's Local Small Business Community

  News Release: Montana SCORE and the US Small Business Administration (SBA) Region VIII, are launching an initiative to attract additional volunteer mentors with business experience to expand confidential small business counseling and training throughout Montana.

“For 50 years, SCORE mentors have helped millions of new small businesses start and grow”, said Matt Varilek, Region VIII SBA Administrator. “We strongly encourage more Montanans, of any age, to join SCORE and help the state’s small business community prosper.”

Volunteering as a SCORE mentor means joining an active national community of 11,000 volunteers who are committed to helping small business owners succeed. SCORE volunteers come from a many different sectors and professions including entrepreneurship, large corporations, military communities and higher education.

“SCORE volunteers enjoy a variety of personal and professional benefits,” said Michelle Johnston, State SCORE Director. “You will enjoy the satisfaction of contributing to the success of others, many of them young people with a dream to thrive as an entrepreneur.”

In Montana, SCORE has over 70 members and chapters in Helena, Great Falls, Bozeman, Kalispell, and Billings serving over 600 individuals annually. All SCORE mentoring is done on a no-fee basis.

Since its inception in 1964, SCORE chapters have been serving the small business community with a combination of confidential mentoring and workshops covering a wide range of business topics. In response to the demands of the marketplace and the increasing complexity of running a small business, a select number of chapters have increased their services to include workshop series geared toward start-ups as well as existing businesses.

For more information on how to become a SCORE mentor, please visit or call the following local SCORE Chapters. In Gallatin and surrounding counties call Karen Vinton at 406-586-5421; in Lewis & Clark and surrounding counties call Chick Rolling at 406-442-4986; in Flathead and surrounding counties call Liz Scholten at 406-756-5271; in Cascade and surrounding counties call Patty Schlaeger at 406-856-5421; and Yellowstone and surround counties call Mike Keene at 406-656-8574. For counties not listed please call Michelle Johnston at the State SCORE Office at 406-442-4986.