October 22, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Source:  SCORE Chapter 308

               Fort Pierce FL

               772-489-0548

SCORE Celebrates 50 Years of Helping Small Businesses Succeed

FORT PIERCE, FL –- SCORE, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting emerging and existing small businesses to succeed by providing free counseling, low-cost workshops, and other resources, is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2014.

Founded in 1964, SCORE is headquartered in Herndon, VA and has 320-plus chapters throughout the United States and its territories, with over 11,000 volunteers nationwide. The Treasure Coast SCORE Chapter was founded in 1973, and serves five counties: Indian River, Saint Lucie, Martin, Okeechobee, and Glades, with over 23 experienced mentors.

To commemorate this 50-year anniversary, Chapter 308, locally known as Treasure Coast SCORE held an Economic Opportunity Summit and luncheon on September 23, 2014 at the Hilton Garden Inn in PGA Village, St. Lucie West, FL. Invited guests from all area cities included elected officials, chamber of commerce directors, SCORE business partners, SCORE chapter members, and SCORE clients.

U.S. Representative Patrick Murphy was the keynote speaker and he spoke about the value of small business in Florida and the importance of small business success for U.S. employment and the overall economy.

SCORE chapter chair and national board member, Nancy Strojny from Portland, ME, spoke about value of SCORE’s mentorship and education programs from a national perspective.

Chapter Chair, John Hosler, served as host and spoke about the development of Treasure Coast SCORE in the past 40 years, the importance of support from local governments to ensure SCORE’s success, and SCORE’s role going forward offering mentorship and education programs to help accelerate job creation and economic growth in the area.

Treasure Coast SCORE has its main office in Ft. Pierce and branch locations in Hobe Sound, Jensen Beach, Palm City, Port St. Lucie, Stuart, and Vero Beach. A counseling location will soon be opening in Sebastian, as well. Local SCORE counselors have direct experience in business start-ups, manufacturing, high technology, insurance, public relations, retail operations, textiles, pharmaceuticals, legal, banking, finance, tax, distribution, information technology, materials, engineering, sales & marketing, customer service, commercial leasing, electrical contracting, health & nutrition, human resources, specialty retailing, hospitality, acquisitions, turnarounds, divestitures, business valuations, public relations, turnarounds, promotional products, environmental and non-profits.

To discuss your business opportunity with an experienced volunteer SCORE counselor, please phone the Treasure Coast SCORE office at 772-489-0548 or visit the website www.treasurecoast.score.org to make an appointment at any of the locations for face-to-face counseling.

Treasure Coast SCORE 308 – Professional Center, Suite 2, 3220 South US 1, Fort Pierce FL 34982

Tel 772-489-0548 Fax 772-489-9548 Email:  score308@bellsouth.net Web Site www.treasurecoast.score.org

SCORE is a Resource Partner of the US Small Business Administration