The Colorado Springs Chapter of SCORE needed a little more elbow room.
The nonprofit organization dedicated to helping small business owners has moved its office to the Colorado Springs Technology Incubator on Fountain Boulevard.
SCORE moved this week into its roomier location from its previous location at the Greater Colorado Springs Chamber &EDC. It’s new office, 3595 E. Fountain Blvd., provides the organization with more room and parking for its new programs, including about 15 Business Basics workshops.
SCORE helps small businesses get off the ground and grow through mentoring and education. It offers seminars on business research, market strategies, accounting, financial projections and financing.
“We have enjoyed a mutually beneficial working arrangement with the chamber over the past 15 years and have enjoyed the many benefits of being physically co-located with them,” said Jerry Musselman, Colorado Springs SCORE chapter chair. “However, due to recent changes in our operations, we are locating to larger facilities with 24-hour access and easier parking.”
SCORE plans to maintain its close relationship with the chamber & EDC, he said.
The all-volunteer organization exists to help budding entrepreneurs jump into the small business world and help small business owners grow their business. Last year, the SCORE counselors met with about 800 clients and hosted workshops for 1,400 people interested in starting their own business.
SCORE is sponsored by the Small Business Administration and works in tandem with the Small Business Development Center. The group recruits volunteers from a variety of business backgrounds from administration, to marketing to finance. And, Musselman said, its volunteer experts are not just retired business executives but people still in the work force. The idea is to provide expert knowledge to local entrepreneurs and grow small business in Colorado Springs.
The group offers counseling to the up and coming small business owners and to the experienced owners too in a program the call SCOREplus. SCORE volunteers will assemble a team to review a business plan and brainstorm new business strategies, Musselman said.