The Tulsa Small Business Connection (TSBC) has partnered with SCORE, a national volunteer-based organization providing mentorship and education, for a local small business mentorship program, the two organizations announced today.
The program connects members of the TSBC with mentors from across the region and nation at no cost. Mentors are matched according to business type, stage of business and areas of need. Tulsa SCORE provides face-to-face consultation, on-site evaluation and specialized assistance in a wide range of business areas free of charge.
The goal of the partnership is to expand resources available to entrepreneurs and small businesses to ensure the Tulsa region’s small business community continues to grow and thrive.
“As a business owner, I know how important a mentor can be,” said Lori Dreiling, co-owner of Fleet Feet Sports and chair of the Tulsa Small Business Connection. “We are thrilled that SCORE has a vast network of business mentors available to our local small businesses. Connecting small businesses to experts willing to give guidance and share their wealth of knowledge is an invaluable resource.”
SCORE has nearly 11,000 mentors available across the United States with expertise in 69 industries. The Tulsa chapter of SCORE has over 35 volunteers with a wide range of experience.
In 2015, SCORE mentors donated 2.2 million hours to mentoring and education. Last year, Tulsa SCORE served more than 600 unique clients and held 76 workshops and seminars.
“The Tulsa SCORE chapter is very excited about the opportunity to join the Tulsa Small Business Connection in this joint mentoring effort,” said Ron Roller, Tulsa SCORE chair of community partnerships. “We are confident this collaboration will create significant benefits for the Tulsa Regional Chamber membership and the small business community we both serve, and build on the great entrepreneurial infrastructure that exists in the Tulsa area.”