Mark your calendar: On April 9, from 1 to 2:30 pm (EDT), SCORE, the small-business mentoring organization affiliated with the U.S. Small Business Administration, will hold a live webinar to address urgent questions you might have about how your business can weather the current crisis.
“Coronavirus and Your Small Business: Live Q&A with SCORE Mentors” will be hosted by three presenters with diverse business backgrounds in everything from legal and banking issues to retail and events. You need to register for the webinar. You’ll be able to submit your business-related questions during registration and also as the webinar is taking place.
And If You Need a One-on-One Mentor
SCORE holds live webinars weekly and also has many other workshops (a lot of them recorded and available online) for local businesses. But if you’re on information-overload right now combing through the fine print of all the different small-business relief programs, you may be looking to speak directly with an experienced mentor to help you navigate them. You can sign up for a mentor, and then work one-on-one remotely by phone, e-mail or video chat. Many SCORE mentors have weathered a few business crises themselves over the years. They can help you identify the emergency funding sources that are right for your store or studio, work with you on preparing the financial statements you’ll need to apply for them and consult with you confidentially about your business.
Going forward, you may decide to continue to work with your mentor (or several mentors) to stabilize and grow your business—coming up with a new recurring revenue idea, say, or managing your cash flow better or targeting your marketing more effectively. As well, SCORE’s online courses on-demand cover topics like building your website or conducting a market analysis.
Visit SCORE’s Coronavirus Small Business Resource Hub for regularly updated information, financing sources and small-business crisis-management expertise and ideas.