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Helping-hand meet-and-greet for small businesses Jan. 23

       Anyone with a small business or thinking of starting one is invited to attend a meet-and-greet sponsored by the local SCORE Chapter and the Westside UPS Store Thursday, Jan. 23.
       The free event will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Community Room of the Police Department's Gold Hill Division located at 955 West Moreno Ave.
       “Both organizations are excited about teaming to form a small-business support environment,” a press release states. “SCORE expects to see a growth in the number of small businesses using its services. The UPS Store expects to increase the number of small businesses that can be helped.”
       SCORE is a 50-year-old, non-profit association in which retired professionals provide free mentoring and free/low-cost education programs for small businesses. The UPS Store offers several services in addition to package mailing, according to 10-year owner Robert Maez.
       The collaboration came about because of a shared interest in success. “It's gut wreching to work with small-business owners on the Westside and have them walk in and say they're closing,” he said. “If we can help them get back on track, that's a beautiful thing.”
       For more information, call Maez at 473-6299 or J.R. Dickens, SCORE chair, at 687-4304.

Westside Pioneer/press release
(Posted 1/17/14)

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