Score One For Your Future!
Commissioner Tommy Adkisson
March 12, 2009
One of the worst things we can do in life is let someone else define what we can be, do or have. An old neighborhood friend of mine who was unable to stop fighting and stay in high school long enough to graduate told me years ago that there were a lot of people that were pretty good at predicting failure but as for him, they were looking at the makings of success! He rose from a very middle income background to become very financially secure. He believed in himself!
One of the first rules of success is that we must have faith in ourselves! With belief in yourself, you just might decide to form your own business. And if you do, you may find that the free counseling provided by 40 experts in various fields of business and non-profits would be a great source of assistance to you.
This is the sort of thing that Chapter 164 of SCORE here in San Antonio, referred to as ALAMO SCORE does regularly. It was chartered in 1974 to serve as a unique resource within the local business community, providing efficient and effective delivery of free, high quality technical and managerial counseling and guidance to prospective and existing small businesses and non-profit organizations in the greater San Antonio, Texas area. To do this, the Chapter relies on the services of some 40 business men and women with real-world experience and a strong belief in the importance of small business.
In order to ensure that services are timely, relevant, and diverse, the Executive Committee invests in areas promising long-term success.
Chapter core values include:
- Client focus
- Delivery of quality service designed to meet each client's specific needs and
- Ensuring the ethical and professional conduct required to make a significant contribution to the community
Chapter goals include:
- Identifying, meeting, and exceeding client expectations
- Provision of timely, well-designed training to ensure quality consulting to clients
- Recruiting a team of diverse and dedicated volunteer counselors, speakers, and workshop presenters
See www.sanantonioscore.org for further information. At the national level, anyone may obtain 30 free courses on the internet to take, a free business mentor, and free e-mail counseling from l200 counselors at www.score.org . The San Antonio Chapter has an office co-located with our partner, The Small Business Administration, at 173l9 San Pedro, Building 2, Suite 200, San Antonio, Texas 78232. They accept appointments and walk in's from 9-l2 and l-4 every business day. Additionally we have counselors providing guidance from l0 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays at the Frost Bank Building, l9th floor, downtown.
During 2007, the San Antonio Chapter of SCORE met personally or by e-mail counseling some 2278 clients, helped start l58 new jobs, and assisted with starting some ll0 new businesses.