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Burns awarded SCORE Service Award
Harrison Burns (center) is presented a 20-year service award with SCORE by George Kimball (counselor with local SCORE) as SCORE District Director Steve Edmondson looks on. (Times photo by Bruce Farrin)
RUMFORD -- Harrison Burns was honored on Jan. 28 as he become just the second 20-year volunteer with the Western Mountains Chapter 586 of SCORE.
SCORE members are trained to serve as counselors advisors and mentors to aspiring entrepreneurs and business owners. These services are offered at no fee, as a community service.
Burns was present a 20-year service award at the meeting, held in the River Valley Technology Center.
In receiving the award, Burns said SCORE helps business to get going. "We offer a few tips to help businesses to avoid pitfalls and work with them to develop a business plan and network to help with other services."
In essense, SCORE volunteers offer their experience in business to assist others in achieving their dreams with business, but doing so with a realistic approach. Confidentiality is also an important aspect of their work. Most of the advice is presented following a referral of a client to SCORE.
Businesses can make an appointment with SCORE by calling 364-3123.
SCORE Counselor George Kimball said they also always looking for more volunteers to help provide this valuable service. They meeting regularly on the third Monday of the month at 1:15 p.m. in the RVTC.
Also on hand for the presentation were SCORE District Director Steve Edmondson and Alden Turner, Maine director for the Small Business Administration.
Following the award presentation, members enjoyed cake and ice cream.