Chamber, SCORE partnering to support small businesses

The Greater Federal Way Chamber and South Sound/Tacoma SCORE are working in partnership to support small business growth in the Federal Way region with free mentoring services.

“This partnership is a natural fit for the Chamber’s regional scope of work in the south Puget Sound area,” Chamber CEO Rebecca Martin said. “Like the Chamber, SCORE is dedicated to connecting business expertise in our business corridor.”

South Sound/Tacoma SCORE is a team of nationally certified mentors who provide free professional counseling to aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners in Pierce, Thurston, Lewis, Mason, Grays Harbor and South King counties.

As a resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration, SCORE has helped more than 10 million entrepreneurs through mentoring, workshops and educational resources. Small business owners who receive three or more hours of mentoring report higher revenues and increased growth, according to SCORE statistics.

“We’re particularly pleased to partner with SCORE in providing this opportunity in Federal Way,” Martin said. “We are a thriving business hub in the corridor between Seattle and Tacoma, and now there is no need to travel to access these benefits — the expertise we need for economic development is right here.”

SCORE offers free mentoring to new and established businesses at the Greater Federal Way Chamber of Commerce every Monday from 9 to 11 a.m. To schedule an appointment, call Asako, member relations specialist, 253-838-2605.

SCORE Mentors Jeff Freedman, from left, and Laurie Heinz sit with Greater Federal Way Chamber of Commerce Member Relations Specialist Asako Fujikura. SCORE and the chamber will be partnering to help small businesses. Courtesy Federal Way Chamber of Commerce

SCORE Mentors Jeff Freedman, from left, and Laurie Heinz sit with Greater Federal Way Chamber of Commerce Member Relations Specialist Asako Fujikura. SCORE and the chamber will be partnering to help small businesses. Courtesy Federal Way Chamber of Commerce

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