Since Princeton area SCORE, the service corps of retired executives, started counseling business owners at the Princeton library, the chapter has enjoyed a significant increase in the number of small businesses it helps, and now needs more volunteers. During the past year SCORE counseled 1,200 clients — a 40 percent increase over the prior year and an 80 percent increase over two years ago. The seasoned executives now offer counsel four days each week at the library.

SCORE in Princeton is made up of 25 mostly retired small business owners and executives. They provide confidential, no fee, counseling to individuals who are either considering starting a business or are already in business. Clients include high technology companies, business and consumer service companies, and retail.

Princeton SCORE needs more volunteers for its counseling work. Small business owners and executives with the time available find SCORE counseling challenging, rewarding, and an excellent use of the skills learned in their careers. There are approximately 10,000 SCORE volunteers in the U.S.

The time demands are not great — a counselor should be prepared to counsel in two sessions each month. A session usually includes three one-hour sessions with three individuals. The typical SCORE volunteer spends seven to ten hours a month on his or her SCORE activity. SCORE volunteers can specify which days and times each month are convenient for them.

Princeton SCORE is especially interested in recruiting women, minorities, and small business owners with retail experience.

Anyone interested in volunteering for Princeton SCORE should contact Lou DeLauro at 609-737-7824 or call the SCORE office at 609-393-0505. Individuals who want counseling with SCORE should call 609-393-0505 to schedule a session at the Princeton Library, Hamilton Library, Small Business Development Center in Trenton, or Middlesex Chamber of Commerce Building.

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