When starting a business, there may be quite a distance between a great idea and a great startup. From the process of developing a business plan to applying for the correct licenses to operate according to each state, plenty of learning is involved. Every step requires determination and motivation to achieve long-term gains. Occasionally, however, the process can be so stressful and confusing it deters even the most motivated individuals. This is why SCORE was founded.
SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small business owners get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship. It has a network of 11,000-plus volunteers, which allows SCORE to provide services at no charge or at very low cost. They have 320-plus chapters across the U.S. and its territories and match up entrepreneurs with local, volunteer mentors.
An important aspect of this organization is that it is privately funded, and during the past 50 years, SCORE has supported thousands of businesses-minded individuals to achieve great success.
Cuban immigrant Alina Mugford is an example. She founded a translation agency in her community in Florida. Her outreach efforts and translation workshops caught the attention of the American Translators Association, which created a business outreach and PR strategy after Alina’s model. Her business has continually prospered since.
In October 2008, Alina became an American citizen at the age of 50. Her company is now the official language services provider for the WEDU public broadcasting station in West Central Florida, as well as official translator for Major League Baseball’s Pittsburgh Pirates.
Alina’s success came from her determination to never allow language barriers to hold her back.
Watch this video to learn how SCORE helped Alina achieve the American dream.