At the AWFS Fair 2011 in Las Vegas July 20-23, SCORE will provide daily tutorials on business loan programs, marketing, small business insurance and loss prevention, contracts and business counseling. Take the steps at the AWFS Fair to progress your woodworking business; SCORE will be there to help. 

LAS VEGAS - Wouldn’t it be helpful to woodshop owners  to have business counseling services free of charge? Imagine the possibilities that would be presented if there were an association solely dedicated to assisting promising entrepreneurs, in the woodworking business or elsewhere, in achieving their business goals? 

Cue SCORE. SCORE is a nonprofit association created to educate entrepreneurs and help small American businesses. SCORE provides local workshops and events throughout the country to the businesses supported. Additionally, online workshops are available seven days a week, 24 hours a day. SCORE is a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and has been actively involved in American business for more than forty years. 

The workshops offered have been designed to connect small businesses owners with the people and information the businesses need to began, grow, maintain and succeed in their specific industry. More than 13,000 volunteers make up SCORE, willingly and patiently supplying their insight to ambitious businesses. SCORE claims these volunteers represent over 270,000 years of experience across 62 industries. 

It’s no secret that flying can cost a company a large amount of money, particularly when travel is such an essential part of the business’s exposure and success. Recently SCORE partnered with American Airlines, to create the “Flights. Camera. Action,” promotional campaign. Small American business owners were encouraged through the campaign to enter a short video explaining how flying benefits their business. The Grand Prize winner will receive 50 American Airlines tickets to support them in growing their business. The finalists will be recognized at the 2011 SCORE Awards in Washington D.C. 

SCORE’s website,, lists numerable success stories of small businesses. An owner and founder of Johnstone Supply, a supply store specializing in appliance, heating and air conditioning equipment, says the following of his SCORE mentor: “SCORE Mentor Ben Schneider worked with me on developing the business plan. His insights and experience in retail sales provided the realistic feedback I needed to be sure that once my partner and I purchased the business, we would be a success.” The business, once a $300,00 per-year gross-sales business now has an annual sales volume approaching $1 million.

So what can the woodworking business industry take from this? 

SCORE will be present at the AWFS Fair 2011 in Las Vegas July 20-23. SCORE will provide daily tutorials on business loan programs, marketing, small business insurance and loss prevention, contracts and business counseling

Posted by Molly Keith 

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