The Chamber and SCORE, the national nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses grow through one-on-one counseling and education, once again teamed up to help local businesses by offering “Business Excellence Boot Camp Plus”. The five week interactive Boot Camp provided business
The topics included:
- Knowing your business and creating an actionable plan for growth
- Supercharging your marketing and sales strategies
- Optimizing your financial planning and management to optimize revenues
- Providing the best overall customer service
Inaugural Business Boot Camp Plus Participants Back Row L to R: Mark Boos, David Fowler, Steven Nobile, Irina Samurin, Tom Helman Front Row L to R: Melissa Cousley, Cindy Dalecki, Julie Guimond, John Rothwell, Samuel Ayodele, Ryan Campbell Not pictured: Trish Giaccone, Renee Rothwell, Tatyana Kalmukova
The Boot Camp met five consecutive Wednesday evenings at the Chamber starting on April 23rd and finishing on May 21st. The program was led by SCORE mentors, who shared their practical experience in business counseling leadership and management. These mentors are part of SCORE’s Flagler/Volusia Chapter.
" This Boot Camp was amazing. I have learned so much. I was almost afraid to talk about some things in my business and the people from SCORE made it easy & invited us to come to thier office fro individual help. This Boot Camp gave me so much & I am excited about the future for my business.
Julie Guimond - Owner, Sensible Water Solutions, LLC.
Thirteen Flagler County business owners actively and enthusiastically participated in the inaugural Boot Camp. The feedback from the participants, provided by evaluation forms, comments and testimonials, was extremely positive. Each participant rated the presenters and the material covered as outstanding. They indicated that the Boot Camp helped them develop a better understanding of their business and provided practical insights and knowledge that will be valuable in helping them manage their business more effectively and efficiently in the future.
The “Plus” associated with the Boot Camp comes after the program, when participants have an opportunity to receive free and confidential counseling from SCORE mentors in areas where they need help.
" I feel the training provided is valuable to almost any business of any size. The core of the training focused on areas of success, such as marketing, customer satisfaction, and financial management, which are crucial areas that most businesses could improve for long term growth. I think SCORE & The Flagler County Chamber hit a homer run and many businesses will continue to gain valuable education & training from future Business Boot Camps."David Fowler - Partner, Alliance Financials Partners
“Building on the success and positive feedback we received on the first Boot Camp, we plan on hosting another Boot Camp this fall”, said Rebecca DeLorenzo, Chamber President and CEO, “We’ll also keep in contact with the most recent class to see how much of an impact the program has on their businesses over time. All in all, we’re grateful to SCORE for partnering with us to offer a program that will help our members thrive.”
"As a small business owner, I know what needs to be done, but with my busy schedule, those important tasks don't get don't always get done. The Business Boot Camp forces you to sit down and think about applying these techniques and skills to help grow and improve my business."Cindy Dalecki - Owner, Marketing 2 Go
The Chamber and SCORE are looking forward to the second class of
"Business Excellence Boot Camp Plus”.
The five-week fall session dates are:
October15, 22, 29, November 5 and 12
From 6-8 pm and cost to participate is $97.00
For those interested in participating,
or please contact Tiffany Edwards at386-437-0106 or visit www.flaglerchamber.org for more information.
After starting small, DeLand company enjoying national exposure
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ORMOND BEACH, FL -- Eagle Spring Filtration is a water-filtration business that supports any residence or business that relies on municipally treated water. The company not only sells complete filtration systems in the U.S., but it also developed a simple, low cost filter for Third World nations in need of proper drinking water.
In 2010, owner Stephen Dann passed away suddenly. Stephen’s wife, Sharon, recognized the need to continue Stephen’s work and took over the business. Unfortunately, she knew nothing about the day-to-day operations and did not have previous business experience.
Celebrating 50 Years of Helping Small Businesses
The celebration of our 50th anniversary continues with this week's video of Leslie Crews, our 2013 SCORE Outstanding Young Entrepreneur Award winner. Leslie and her SCORE mentor share more than an alma mater
At some point in their lives, just about everyone has had a thought about starting or owning their own business. The idea of being your own boss, and in control of your future success, has been a dream for many of us.
SCORE’s main mission is to help people who want to start or own a small business. We provide assistance and counseling to thousands of people each year to help them determine if their business idea is feasible and worth pursuing.
We encourage you to pursue your dream to own a small business and we stand ready to help you achieve that dream. Our role is to serve as your experienced business adviser & our services are both free and totally confidential. Plus, an SBA study shows that businesses counseled by SCORE have a substantially higher success rate.
Owning your own business can certainly be rewarding in many ways but it can also present difficult challenges. In today’s business climate the problems that you face can be numerous and complex. The solutions are not always self evident, and you need someone you can turn to for objective and confidential advice-someone who has walked in your shoes. SCORE’s core mission is to help you succeed and we are here to help you and an SBA study shows that businesses counseled by SCORE have a substantially higher survival rate.