Need help starting a business and coaxing it
into a real moneymaker? Starting Sept. 25, the U.S. Small Business
Administration (SBA), in partnership with the Loudoun Small Business
Development Center, will provide a volunteer counselor in Leesburg through its
SCORE program each Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
SCORE, formerly knows as the Service Corps of Retired Executives, has been operating for nearly 50 years in the United States, helping mentor business owners get their companies up and running. And it’s free.
“This is a resource we’ve wanted to offer Loudoun companies for a long time,” said Buddy Rizer, the Loudoun Department of Economic Development’s acting director, in a press release. “The practical, step-by-step guidance that SCORE provides free of charge can be the key to a startup’s success.”
The SCORE office can be found in the Mason Enterprise Center, 202 Church Street, in Leesburg.
Richard Sultan, a financial planning and accounting professional, will be at the SCORE office on Wednesdays. Sultan, a SCORE mentor for seven years, speaks fluent English, Spanish, French and Portuguese.
“Understanding bookkeeping can make or break a business,” Rizer said. “Richard will help entrepreneurs on this and other areas foundational to their success.”
Sultan will meet with clients by appointment. Contact SCORE in Loudoun at 571-441-1826 or SCORELoudoun@gmail.com.