Aiken SCORE receives well-deserved national recognition
April 27, 2017
The Greater Aiken Chapter of SCORE has been awarded the 2017 National Chapter of Year Award for small cities.
This is a significant accomplishment since SCORE, the all-volunteer arm of the Small Business Administration (SBA), has nearly 340 chapters across the US.
SCORE provides mentors, coaching and training to local small businesses and entrepreneurs. In the Greater Aiken area SCORE volunteers provide one-on-one support, seminar training and presentations in local schools and universities.
“I’ve said for the last decade that the Aiken SCORE chapter is the best that I’ve ever seen, and this recognition validates my observation,” said Chamber President/CEO J. David Jameson. “Congratulations to the entire SCORE team. The Aiken Chamber is proud to be your partner.”
Aiken’s Chapter was encouraged to submit an application after a strong showing in the National Chapter of the Year Award review the previous year.
Gordon Magee, State District Director for South Carolina said: “This is great recognition for a SCORE Chapter that is making significant contributions to the communities it serves. We’re extremely proud of Aiken.”
Last year the Greater Aiken SCORE Chapter met with 367 clients in nearly 700 meetings. They conducted 48 seminars that were attended by 1,950 members of the small business community.
SCORE volunteers also provide instruction to students at Aiken High School. Presentations are made to graduating seniors on how to find a job, what to expect from your first boss and how to be successful in the job interview.
Additionally, they teach classes in the Federal Correctional Institute (FCI) in Edgefield and graduated 76 people who completed the eight sessions of the SCORE Simple Steps Program on how to start a small business. This year that effort has been extended to a State Correctional Institute as well.
SCORE enjoys the support of several important partners, including the Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce, North Augusta Chamber of Commerce, Southern Wesleyan University, USC Aiken, and the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce and Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce in Georgia.
The Greater Aiken Chapter also benefits from financial support of business sponsors, including Security Federal Bank, Floyd and Green Jewelers, TD Bank, Fifth Third Bank, and Southern Bank and Trust.
The Greater Aiken SCORE Chapter supports clients in five South Carolina counties centered on Aiken County, and 13 counties in Georgia, including Richmond and Columbia Counties.
“We were told the breadth and impact of our programs impressed evaluators who considered the Chapter candidates for this honor,” said John Carman, Chair of the Greater Aiken Chapter.
There are currently 41 volunteers in the Greater Aiken SCORE chapter supporting small businesses and entrepreneurs.
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