Very Important Prospects

SCORE Some Advice

By Jessica Hale

Visa and the Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) have joined forces to become "small business financial management partners." What does this mean for you? Small- and homebased-business owners will now have access to the combined resources of Visa's financial savvy and SCORE's vast experience guiding and counseling entrepreneurs.

Entrepreneurs who participate in SCORE counseling sessions and workshops can request free workbooks on how to write a business plan, along with other financial management concerns. Visa will also provide SCORE counselors with education materials on finding capital, obtaining loans, separating personal and business expenses and managing financial growth.

Visa's Web site will feature research on emerging small-business financial trends, and a monthly online survey will allow small-business owners to compare their experiences with those of other small-business owners by answering such questions as "Was your company's first loan application approved?"

To contact a SCORE counselor, visit the national SCORE Web site at http://www.score.org . To learn more about Visa's small business resources, visit its Web site at http://www.visa.com

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This article was originally published in the November 1997 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Very Important Prospects.

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