Greater Aiken’s Chapter of SCORE, a national volunteer-based mentoring organization for business stakeholders and part of the Small Business Administration (SBA), recently won the 2017 National Chapter of the Year Award in the small cities category.
Aiken SCORE volunteers provide one-on-one support, workshop training and presentations in local schools and institutions. Aiken Chamber of Commerce President and CEO J. David Jameson conveyed pride and satisfaction with his colleagues’ accomplishment.
“I’ve said for the last decade that the Aiken SCORE chapter is the best that I’ve ever seen, and this recognition validates my observation,” Jameson said. “Congratulations to the entire SCORE team. The Aiken Chamber is proud to be your partner.”
In 2016, the Greater Aiken SCORE Chapter convened with 367 clients over the course of almost 700 meetings; led 48 seminars attended by 1,950 individual business stakeholders; and instructed students at Aiken High School, guiding seniors on job-hunting and professional skills. Additionally, its members teach classes in correctional institutions.
“We were told the breadth and impact of our programs impressed evaluators who considered the Chapter candidates for this honor,” Greater Aiken SCORE Chapter chairman John Carman said.
The local chapter, presently with 41 members, receives collaborative and financial support from enterprises including Chambers, banks, retailers and universities. Not only does the organization work with five counties in South Carolina, but it also extends its services to 13 counties in Georgia.