Whether it’s in your professional or personal life, I think everyone has had a mentor. We all can think of that someone who inspired you to follow your dreams, pushed you to excel, or showed you the ropes when you were just starting out. For me, it’s not only my college professors, but my family and my co-workers, not to mention my boss who gave me my start in public relations.
For someone who is just getting into the small business world and is trying to get their operation off the ground, a mentor who has experience and provides guidance can be just the person to get you where you need to go. Thankfully, there are organizations like SCORE, who guide small business owners through the trials and tribulations of running a business, while also offering advice and expertise.
SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground and providing tools and resources for small business owners to grow. SCORE has over 13,000 volunteer mentors who provide one on one support to small businesses in whatever way they can. SCORE also holds informational events throughout the year and provides resources to small business owners, such as the workbook they released this year in partnership with The UPS Store. And for all of their hard work, the SCORE organization gives awards to recognize those small business owners and their mentors.
This year, The UPS Store sponsored the Outstanding Franchise Small Business award at the 2012 SCORE Awards, which is a yearly celebration held in honor and support of small business in America. The SCORE awards provide recognition to outstanding small business owners that have demonstrated unique vision, innovation and achievement.
Terri Paradise and Marcia Connelly, former corporate professionals and long-time best friends, showed amazing strength in these areas, as well as in customer service, sales, operational initiatives, and creative marketing of their business, a Massage Envy Spa in Middletown, Kentucky. Along with SCORE Mentors Bill Lehman and Bob Herzfeld, Terri and Marcia accepted the SCORE Award for Outstanding Franchise Small Business from The UPS Store franchise network, recognizing their achievements in the franchising world. Congratulations to them, and to all of the mentors out there helping those like Terri and Marcia.