SCORE Madison is the 2020 SCORE Wisconsin Chapter of the Year!

 

For its resilience in the face of a pandemic, SCORE Madison has been singled out as SCORE Wisconsin’s CHAPTER OF THE YEAR. In addition, the National SCORE Association has designated SCORE Madison a Platinum Chapter for the third consecutive year.

 

 

Platinum in the Midst of a Pandemic

When “safer at home” became a phrase heard throughout Wisconsin, SCORE Madison was designated an “essential service” by both state and federal agencies. The 45 volunteer mentors of SCORE Madison immediately converted in-person services to virtual platforms. As a result, free mentoring services for small businesses and organizations not only continued, they actually grew throughout the year. In-person workshops were converted to webinars, fees were discontinued and participation grew significantly.

On February 25th, a virtual celebration took place for SCORE Madison members, guests, friends, partners, and sponsors. The special guest was Governor Tony Evers. The governor spoke about two small business proposals in the budget he submitted to the legislature. He proposed a new $100 million venture capital fund to help startups and $200 million to assist small businesses hurt by the COVID-19 pandemic. Both programs will be managed by WEDC.

For its resilience in the face of a pandemic, SCORE Madison has been singled out as SCORE Wisconsin’s CHAPTER OF THE YEAR. In addition, the National SCORE Association has designated SCORE Madison a Platinum Chapter for the third consecutive year.

We are honored to receive this recognition for service during the 2020 year,” says Mike George, Chapter Chairperson for SCORE Madison. “Our volunteers have a passion for helping small businesses navigate this new business environment. The pandemic galvanized our volunteers to reach out to small businesses, guiding them through funding sources, new markets, and customers. Having Governor Evers join us for the celebration is added honor.”

About SCORE 

Since 1964, SCORE has helped 11 million entrepreneurs to start or grow a business. SCORE's 11,000 volunteers provide free mentoring, workshops, and educational services to more than 1,500 communities nationwide, creating nearly 30,000 new businesses and 67,000 non-owner jobs in 2019. Visit SCORE at www.score.org. Follow @SCOREMentors on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

SCORE is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. All opinions, conclusions, and/or recommendations expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA.

For more information about starting or operating a small business, contact one of our five Wisconsin chapters: SCORE SE Wisconsin, https://sewisconsin.score.org/; SCORE Madison, https://madison.score.org/; SCORE Fox Cities https://foxcities.score.org/; Green Bay SCORE, https://greenbay.score.org/; and SCORE West Central Wisconsin & UP of Michigan, https://centralwisconsin.score.org/