The volunteer mentors at Northwest Arkansas SCORE come with a wide range of skillsets and areas of expertise. While we try to match clients with mentors who specialize in their area of need when we can, we have also found great success with educating volunteer mentors about the various aspects of owning and running a small business.
Our mentors are then equipped to guide clients through many of these same topics, which include subjects such as creating a website or effective email marketing.
We shared in a previous blog about the top three reasons small business owners usually contact NWA SCORE for our business mentoring services. These reasons include:
- They have an idea for a business but do not know how to start a business;
- They have an existing business but have a question about a specific issue such as marketing; or
- They have an existing business and something major changed either in the marketplace or their individual business, and need guidance.
With these three broad categories, we know that mentors need to be prepared to help clients at various stages of starting or running a business, as well as with many different topics. Our educational programs teach both clients and volunteer mentors valuable information they need on the given topic.
SCORE’s education programs also come in a variety of formats. We utilize program handouts, websites, online workshops, and most of all, the volunteer Learning Warehouse.
Are you interested in making a difference in the Northwest Arkansas small business community? We would love to have your expertise and have helpful resources to expand your knowledge base.
NWA SCORE is the premier small business counseling and advice organization in the United States. We are a national nonprofit, charitable organization composed of more 13,000 volunteer business mentors, both working and retired, who counsel businesses from nearly 350 counseling offices throughout the country. NWA SCORE serves all of Northwest Arkansas and the surrounding area.