For those looking to start or grow a small business in the Eighth District, a fertile source of knowledge is only a phone call away. The Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) is a volunteer program sponsored by the Small Business Administration. Retired executives with backgrounds in accounting, banking, government procurement, marketing, retail and other fields offer free general advice to small business owners in need of assistance.
In-depth counseling and training in a variety of subjects is provided—identifying basic management problems, reviewing distribution channels, evaluating expansion and modification of products, etc. A nominal fee is charged for training programs. SCORE offices are available in all seven states in the St. Louis Fed's District, including the following locations:
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