Business & Internship Resources
John Sanchez, Counselor & Chapter Chair of SCORE Bergen. "I'm looking forward to meeting and talking with small business owners and entrepreneurs about their ideas, plans, and challenges."
Jayne Jacobson, Counselor, SCORE Bergen. "SCORE Bergen's new alliance with the Mahwah Regional Chamber will provide members with access to the expertise of more than 40 business professionals who specialize in areas ranging from marketing and finance to manufacturing information technology and legal issues."
The Mahwah Regional Chamber of Commerce offers free,
one-on-one business counseling services through the Bergen Chapter of SCORE, Counselors to America's Small Business. www.scorebergen.org
helping entrepreneurs and small business owners to launch and grow their business.
To access this service, just call the chamber office at 201-529-5566
and book an appointment.
Counselors are available in a private office at the Mahwah Regional Chamber of Commerce (65 Ramapo Valley Road, Suite 211, Mahwah) on every first and third Friday
from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon
for 60- to 90-minute meetings.
All sessions are confidential, and the first session is an initial assessment of your needs. Therefore, prior to meeting with a business counselor, please ask yourself the following questions:
· Has your idea for a small business been thoroughly thought out?
· Is your product or service needed in the marketplace?
· Do you know who your customers will be?
· Who are your competitors?
· How much money will you need to get started?
· Do you have money to start up this business?
Have you begun to develop a business plan? If you are purchasing an existing business, also ask the following:
· Have you asked why the business is selling?
· Have you seen the financial statements (3 years) on this business?
· Have you inspected the inventory and/or real estate?
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONSDo we need to continue to meet at the Chamber office after our initial SCORE visit?
No, the initial visit is held at the Chamber office, and all subsequent meeting are held at rhe SCORE offices in Paramus. Meeting at the Chamber office is an added member benefit.
Will there be charges/fees after the initial assessment?
No, there are never fees associated with SCORE services. This is a free service from initial consultation to a continued relationship with SCORE consultants.
" Hearts & Crafts Counseling is extremely grateful to the Mahwah Chamber for offering yet another valued service to its members: free business counseling sessions with SCORE. Even though we are a 16-year-old non-profit, our first two meetings with Jayne Jacobson and Howard Sirota gave us a number of new and specific ways to expand our organization. We found their vast expertise as reassuring as their friendly demeanor and recommend that all members, no where were they are or want to be with their business, take the opportunity to meet with SCORE and discuss their goals."
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