PHOTO: (L-R) Sharon West, SCORE 710 Vice Board Chair; Warren Simons, Past Board Chair; Diane Wilson, SCORE 710 Board Chair; Tim Penny, SMIF President and CEO, SCORE Honorary Member
November 15, 2016, Owatonna, MINN. - SCORE District 508 Director Rick Barkley presented the South Central Minnesota SCORE Chapter 710 the District Chapter of the Year Award. Chapter 710, which is hosted at Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF), showed increased activity, growth, mentoring and outreach to achieve this award.
SCORE is a nonprofit association supported by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) with the goal of providing no cost, confidential mentoring by experienced volunteers to aspiring new business owners and to existing businesses. SCORE Chapter 710 has 30 active members who meet with 10 businesses on a monthly basis. The Chapter's volunteers log an average of 30 hours per month in confidential mentoring of clients, both entrepreneurs and long-term business individuals. In the past year, more than 110 clients received expert mentoring from SCORE's Chapter 710 volunteers.
"Chapter 710 is proud to accept this award," said Chapter Board Chair Diane Wilson. "As volunteers, we are passionate about the business climate of the 7 county area in which we work. Our Chapter is part of the SCORE District which covers Minnesota, North and South Dakota. We are the newest and smallest Chapter in the District. To win this first-ever District award is monumental and a testament to the accomplishments of our volunteers."
"Given Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation's mission of supporting regional entrepreneurs to strengthen our overall economy, the business mentorships our SCORE Chapter provides are invaluable," said Tim Penny, President and CEO of SMIF. "We see this as a great partnership for the Foundation, so we're happy to host them and honored on their behalf for being recognized with this award."
About Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation
Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF), a donor-supported foundation, invests for economic growth in the 20 counties of south central and southeastern Minnesota. The Foundation has provided more than $100 million in grants, loans and programming within the region during the past 30 years. SMIF's key interests include early childhood, community and economic development. To learn more about our work and mission, visit www.smifoundation.org.
SCORE is a nonprofit association supported by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) with the goal of providing no cost, confidential mentoring by experienced volunteers to aspiring new business owners and to existing businesses. Visit www.score.org.