Bucks County Herald

SCORE empowers women to give back


There was a time when SCORE, the national nonprofit organization for which I volunteer for locally, was an acronym for Service Core of Retired Executives.

The phrase isn’t really accurate since many of us, myself included, are still very much a part of the workforce. In addition to joining SCORE Bucks County in 2015, I run my own professional leadership coaching business, By George Coaching. A retired executive or former business owner offers a wealth of information, experience and advice for someone starting out.

So too do the folks whose businesses are successful.

I joined SCORE to give back to my community and I have gained so much in the process. The level of experience in the SCORE room is phenomenal. Members come from various backgrounds, each with their own areas of expertise and specialties, all with the unified goal of mentoring small business owners and entrepreneurs in the Bucks County business community.

What we could use more of, quite frankly, is female perspective. How do we ascertain that? By inviting professional women throughout Bucks County to become members of their local SCORE chapter. For me, my time with SCORE has helped in making great connections with other business owners and allowed me to share my expertise.

I recently saw a business owner celebrate a successful first year. Mentoring an entrepreneur and watching their business take off is such a fulfilling aspect of volunteering.

For the most part, because of time constraints with my business, I focus on the macro level of mentoring as opposed to one-on-one meetings with business owners. SCORE offers the flexibility to allow volunteers to pitch in as their schedule allows.

I have helped the chapter arrange several successful Women’s Mastermind Groups and recently collaborated with other SCORE female mentors in organizing our first-ever Women Building Businesses workshop.

My goal is to bring – and keep – women together. The reward comes from seeing women truly appreciating each other and wanting to help each other in all facets of business.

The need to help is inherent in women. Both inside and outside of the home, we are multi-tasking achievers who manage families, children and balance work and life. Women are superheroes who use these shared experiences to easily relate to each other. Women business owners might prefer that a woman mentor them in entrepreneurial efforts because another woman understands their needs and recognizes what it takes to be successful.

Many times, when women think of volunteering, a school, shelter or soup kitchen come to mind. All are worthwhile causes. Yet, with SCORE, mentors’ expertise is of great value. Whether your background is in the law, HR, real estate, management – or really any field – SCORE guides you in putting what you know to good use with folks starting or looking to grow their local businesses. To anyone interested in volunteering their time, I ask, have you considered the value of your expertise?

Georganne Ford is a volunteer member and certified mentor with SCORE Bucks County. Feel free to email questions about volunteering with SCORE at gford@bygeorgecoaching.com. To learn more about volunteering with SCORE, visit score.org/volunteer.



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