Volunteer Organization Helps Entrepreneurs SCORE In Business

By Brandi Bottalico
The Frederick News-Post, Md.

WWR article Summary (tl;dr) Meg MacWhirter and Dan McNeill owners of “MISCellaneous Distillery” in Mount Airy describe their experiences with a mentor from “SCORE”, the non profit organization that helps small businesses with free mentoring and low-cost workshops.

The Frederick News-Post, Md.

Meg MacWhirter and Dan McNeill figured it was a low-risk move signing up to receive feedback on their Mount Airy distillery from a free SCORE mentor.

It was an all-gain move, they learned, gaining a mentor who has kept in touch with them along the way and given them detailed feedback on different stages of their business, from the business plan to the financials and pitching to investors.

“We didn’t really know what to expect,” MacWhirter said. “The very first call we had, we were so grateful and impressed by the thoughtfulness and preparation by Doug [Allen].”

SCORE Frederick is the local chapter of a volunteer organization funded by grants from the U.S. Small Business Administration that helps small businesses by providing them with services such as free mentoring and low-cost workshops.

The national association recently awarded the Frederick chapter the Platinum Award, which recognizes increases in the number of clients served, total services provided to clients and increases in long-term relationships with clients.

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