Archive for the ‘Chapter 306 Info’ category

Business owners need not leave the office to benefit from SCORE services or PodCamp City Online

August 2, 2007

No matter how big the payoff might be, many small business owners have little time for off-site training or business counseling. That’s why two innovative resources are worth mentioning:  SCORE House Calls and PodCamp City Online

SCORE House Calls: As Chuck Auerbach describes in “Westchester SCORE expands services,” SCORE Westchester’s House Calls program is a new form of client outreach.  Instead of requiring clients to steal away from work to attend workshops or business counseling sessions, House Calls permits clients to receive valuable business counseling at their places of business.  Other SCORE services clients can receive at work (or at home) include: online training, and email and telephone counseling.

PodCamp City Online: Virtual conferencing – via teleconferences, talk- and text-based chat rooms, distance learning sessions, or all three combined –  is the newest form of New Media meet-up. Consequently, it is not surprising that podcamps – self-described “unconferences” about everything podcasting – would morph from gatherings at tangible brick and mortar conference facilities and shipboards, to  convenings held wholly online.  Posts by SCORE Counselor Lisa  Tolliver, whose online seminar at PodCamp City Online was entitled: “The Power of Podcasting for Performers, Artists, Talk Radio Hosts, and Entrepreneurs,” describe the first virtual podcamp and its benefits.

SCORE’s Wednesday Workshop on February 7, 2007: Internet Marketing

February 13, 2007

By Lisa Tolliver

Every Wednesday afternoon, SCORE Westchester hosts free workshops on various aspects of starting, financing and running a small business. The workshops convene from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM, Eastern Time at 120 Bloomingdale Road in White Plains, NY (the Department of Labor Building) on the second floor. There’s no need to register in advance, although one could, conveniently, schedule a free counseling session beforehand. (More about that, below.)

The February 7, 2007 Wednesday Workshop addressed Internet marketing. The instructors, Jim Barnett (who helped launch a wildly successful online business that sells designer fashions at cut-rate prices) and Herb Stanger (who manages the chapter website at http://www.scorewestchester.com), are both Internet gurus and seasoned SCORE counselors.

The web-savviness of the 20-or-so workshop participants ranged from inexperienced to expert, which made for some interesting exchanges. Attendees received, in addition to the instruction and discussion, informative handouts about Internet marketing and blogging.

The workshop participants, and others reading this post, might also benefit from the Internet Marketing and eBusiness resources available at score.org, sba.gov and About.com: Online Business 101.

SCORE counseling sessions are free and convenient. Face-to-face sessions can be held at a SCORE location or client’s place of business (SCORE Westchester makes “house calls”!). Clients can also receive counseling via telephone or email. To schedule an appointment, clients may phone the SCORE Westchester office at (914) 948-3907. Clients who need advice from counselors with a particular expertise may use the “Find a SCORE Counselor” tool at www.score.org.

SCORE clients, who would like to share their stories, are also welcome to apply to be interviewed on the SCORE Chapter 306 radio show on New York Radio WVOX 1460 AM. The program schedule is posted at www.WVOX.com.

Hear and Share in the Chapter 306 Radio Show

February 3, 2007

By Lisa Tolliver

SCORE Chapter 306 (a.k.a. SCORE Westchester) broadcasts a talk show on New York Radio WVOX 1460 AM and http://www.wvox.com. The show, which is hosted on a rotating basis by a volunteer team of SCORE counselors, features interviews with chapter clients, subject matter experts and purveyors of resources that are relevant to small business owners.

You may visit the WVOX.com programming page to view our broadcast schedule.

Please contact us to suggest story ideas and provide feedback on our show.

Hello world!

February 2, 2007

By Lisa Tolliver

This is our inaugural post at the SCORE Chapter 306 blog. This blog represents the latest expansion of our chapter’s small business education, counseling and outreach services. We have long operated in person (via one-to-one counseling, seminars and events), on air (on WVOX and wvox.com) and online (at www.scorewestchester.org). Now, we’re operating in the blogosphere. Stay tuned for regular updates.