On-site counseling in Ascension Parish for new business start-ups and mentoring for existing businesses . . . To learn more visit the SCORE WEB SITE AT www.scorebr.org. To schedule a counseling appointment, call 225-215-0080 and specify which library location you prefer: Gonzales or Dutchtown.

Ascension Parish Library and SCORE – Baton Rouge offer free, on-site counseling in Ascension Parish for new business start-ups and mentoring for existing businesses.

Counseling sessions are held at two library locations each month by appointment: this month only on the second Tuesday morning at the library in Gonzales and the third Thursday afternoon at the library in Dutchtown.

SCORE is a nonprofit association and a resource partner of the Small Business Administration dedicated to entrepreneur education and the formation, growth, and success of small business nationwide.

Counselors are active or retired business owners and executives with extensive experience, who follow the steps on “How to Start and Manage a Successful Business.” This includes help on the Business Plan, Financial Forecast, Marketing & Sales, Legal and Accounting suggestions, Business Insurance needs, and the Bank Loan Package preparation. SCORE counselors follow a strict code of ethics and confidentiality.

SCORE will continue to expand its educational opportunities in the community for small businesses with a Simple Steps Program and a stronger Community Alliance Program. These programs will help SCORE become an even more valuable resource in our community.

To learn more visit the SCORE WEB SITE AT www.scorebr.org. To schedule a counseling appointment, call 225-215-0080 and specify which library location you prefer: Gonzales or Dutchtown.

Contributed by APL