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Monday, November 5, 2012

Durham Welcomes New SCORE Chapter

Service Corps of Retired Executives to Offer Free Services to Entrepreneurs & Small Businesses

​DURHAM, N.C. – Durham-based entrepreneurs and small business owners will soon be able to receive free, confidential counseling and mentoring sessions thanks to the start of a new partnership.

The City of Durham’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development and the Small Business Advisory Committee, in partnership with Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE), are re-launching the Durham SCORE Chapter on Tuesday, November 13, 2012.

According to Kevin Dick, director of the City’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development, SCORE representatives will offer one-on-one sessions, by appointment only, from experienced business mentors. “These retired executives will be providing general business advice on every aspect of business planning, start-up, management, and growth,” Dick said. “SCORE provides both in-person and online mentoring to entrepreneurs just getting started or in need of a seasoned pro as a sounding board for their existing businesses. Due to the entrepreneurial ‘hub’ that Durham is fast becoming, this is a great way to further help these small business owners realize their dreams and make them a reality.”

SCORE’s Durham Chapter also will provide business workshops and seminars on topics customized to the needs of Durham’s business community. The Durham Chapter plans to advocate for an emphasis on business planning and plans to offer an introduction to the fundamentals of a business plan as one of their first workshops.  For established businesses, SCORE will offer in-depth training on topics such as customer service, hiring practices, using the Internet for business, marketing, home-based business operations, and other issues.

According to W. Kenneth Yancey, chief executive officer for SCORE, Durham entrepreneurs and small business owners will benefit from experienced professionals. “Since 1964, SCORE’s seasoned business experts have provided the highest level of business mentoring services to help entrepreneurs create and grow their businesses. SCORE is the leading source of ongoing small business mentoring, training workshops, and online expert resources in the United States.” 

Appointments can now be made at by entering a zip code and contact information. SCORE will begin holding one-on-one sessions, by appointment only, on Tuesdays starting on November 13.

SCORE, America’s premier source of free and confidential small business advice for entrepreneurs and small businesses, is a nonprofit association with 354 SCORE offices across the country offering free business mentoring and low-cost workshops. For 47 years, SCORE’s more than 13,000 working and retired business professionals have volunteered to support the success of small business nationwide. SCORE business mentoring is free and confidential. SCORE is a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). For more information, visit, email, or call (919) 856-4739.

About the Office of Economic & Workforce Development
Guided by the City’s Strategic Plan, the Office of Economic & Workforce Development helps ensure that Durham has a strong and diverse economy by increasing the city’s tax base through several revitalization initiatives, including new development efforts in the central city area. The department also plans and promotes cultural awareness and events, identifies and recruits target industries as well as assesses and trains Durham residents to fill new jobs. For information, visit, “like” on Facebook at, or “follow” on

Published: 11/05/2012 - Last Edited: