SCORE has been a leader in providing mentoring and training to entrepreneurs through its network of 13,500 volunteer mentors and trainers for over 45 years. Together with corporate partners, SCORE has created the new Veterans’ Fast Launch initiative to help accelerate veterans’ ability to succeed as small business owners.
The new program will be a combined package of services, scholarships, and free software (provided by corporate partners), and SCORE’s mentoring program. Assistance will be provided to 16,000 military veterans and their families to help launch 3,000 new businesses during the first year. Partners include: The Walmart Foundation, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, AVG, Cisco, ConstantContact, docstoc.com, HP, Intacct.com, Microsoft, Salesforce.com, Squareup.com, and Veterans Business Outreach Centers (VBOC). SCORE will work closely with the VBOCs, which reach over 45,000 veterans, service members, and spouses nationally.
The Veteran Fast Launch Initiative will also become part of the Startup America Partnership, a private sector effort aimed at maximizing the success of American startups by bringing together a coalition of mentors, advisors, funders, major corporations and service providers to deliver a range of resources that help entrepreneurs start and scale companies.